Crossword SNITCH

A quantitative guide to the degree of difficulty of the Times Cryptic Crossword

Times Cryptic Crossword 27511

Date 18 November 2019
Number 27511
Day of week Monday
NITCH 59
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 14
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27511

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Detailed solving results

Reference, Tracked and Blog solvers with error-free solutions to this puzzle are shown below.

We also show the solver's Personal NITCH, which is their result on this puzzle compared to their average time, and the Wavelength Index of Times Cryptic Hardness, the WITCH, which is the Personal NITCH compared to the SNITCH.

Name TftT Name Average time This time Personal NITCH WITCH
Magoo 06:08 04:02 65 110
Eamon Ryan 06:52 04:20 63 106
Jason 07:19 04:01 54 91
verlaine verlaine 07:39 03:47 49 83
mistigris 08:16 05:25 65 110
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 04:53 56 94
Midas 09:33 05:13 54 91
richard 09:35 07:08 74 125
hilarym 09:40 05:48 60 101
boulemiche 09:43 07:41 79 133
robertL 09:47 14:33 148 250
AlanS 09:58 07:21 73 123
chindit 10:29 05:42 54 91
Paul Gilbert 10:52 07:13 66 111
chriswords 11:26 08:18 72 122
glheard glheard 11:49 08:34 72 122
tiggis 12:03 06:13 51 86
jimpen 13:06 07:14 55 93
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 06:58 51 86
p.wild 13:43 08:46 63 106
fshephe 13:53 08:19 59 100
SimonAnthony 14:02 08:30 60 101
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 05:50 41 69
John Walsh 14:05 11:39 82 138
Silva 14:09 11:24 80 135
aphasic 14:32 07:01 48 81
mikegrocott 14:40 08:14 56 94
Ben Staveley 14:45 07:52 53 89
Stavros 14:48 08:01 54 91
jim42078 14:51 12:23 83 140
Tibthorpe 14:57 08:15 55 93
thebarnets 15:10 03:03 20 33
Big Mick 15:18 12:16 80 135
tunflog 15:26 10:40 69 116
margaretl 15:29 14:09 91 154
HenryBW 15:37 08:26 54 91
Malcj malcj 15:39 08:39 55 93
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 07:30 47 79
cyrillic 15:53 08:33 53 89
Sue Sweeper 16:15 07:28 45 76
Spanna 16:31 12:05 73 123
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 12:27 75 127
phthisis 16:41 12:39 75 127
KenG 16:43 06:27 38 64
Golvellius 17:52 10:15 57 96
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 08:28 46 77
robinh 18:19 10:14 55 93
fuzz 18:39 12:13 65 110
rupe 18:47 09:54 52 88
GMcD 18:53 13:24 70 118
LouWeed 18:54 15:17 80 135
LuckOfLucien 19:11 12:09 63 106
Craven 19:19 13:09 68 115
tapbarker 19:24 16:57 87 147
PHC 19:47 12:25 62 105
KET 20:00 16:38 83 140
grape 20:04 10:28 52 88
kath 20:34 16:16 79 133
Looch 20:39 15:17 74 125
barracuda 21:16 12:53 60 101
jimwetzler 21:17 14:00 65 110
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 14:37 68 115
Hamish.S 21:24 09:51 46 77
andrewlake 21:28 07:56 36 61
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 11:40 53 89
sampson 22:07 15:41 70 118
gbestanley 22:14 15:11 68 115
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 13:51 62 105
benedick 22:18 11:29 51 86
cath23 22:36 13:13 58 98
Solver52 22:53 16:43 73 123
brian.mcnamara 23:06 17:31 75 127
puzzled1 23:07 26:21 113 191
jaraab 23:24 14:20 61 103
george.garlick 24:04 14:30 60 101
Bert Dove 25:56 18:57 73 123
zythum 26:05 15:59 61 103
Dzhigit 26:06 10:30 40 67
goblin 26:27 17:30 66 111
Chadwick 26:40 12:49 48 81
dec 26:43 14:42 55 93
fudgiebates 27:10 15:49 58 98
diogenes 27:27 13:31 49 83
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 16:01 57 96
Manveru 28:11 17:15 61 103
endafk 28:29 21:19 74 125
Peter Sykes 28:40 17:04 59 100
Jagsfan1971 29:16 11:45 40 67
alwsn8 29:29 15:45 53 89
Clovis 29:38 18:07 61 103
James P special_bitter 30:33 18:58 62 105
nekabue 31:31 19:11 60 101
HanS 31:48 23:26 73 123
rosselliot 32:37 15:44 48 81
Agsurfer 32:38 12:05 37 62
ulaca ulaca 32:40 14:25 44 74
Semillon 32:42 18:17 55 93
Big Nug 33:27 27:00 80 135
Mkgnao 33:33 15:59 47 79
FelicityTT 33:47 17:49 52 88
koro 33:55 25:34 75 127
Glyndwr 34:27 20:16 58 98
Crippens1 34:54 15:50 45 76
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 19:31 55 93
1234 36:37 16:26 44 74
MrGrumpy 36:51 15:02 40 67
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 43:24 109 184
empty 40:40 33:50 83 140
Pleasuredome 41:06 14:13 34 57
Maggot 41:59 26:59 64 108
Dandy 43:31 36:33 83 140
SK42 44:33 27:04 60 101
MartinP martinp1 45:24 19:31 42 71
Msimmo 46:03 23:40 51 86
FrameShift 47:42 04:00 8 13
symbenall2 48:46 18:56 38 64
Masha 49:35 18:30 37 62
peebee1945 56:52 26:21 46 77

A guide to the solver status

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 Reference solver used for SNITCH
 Other Reference solver
 Tracked solver

Notes

The definition of Reference and Tracked solvers is described on the Neutrinos page.

The results for Reference solvers are normally used to calcuate the SNITCH. When this happens they are shown in the list with a solid blue line to the left. In the previous SNITCH results listing for each crossword, these were the only entries shown.

The most common causes for Reference solver results not to be used are: (a) that they did not meet the criteria this month to be used as a reference (e.g. they may not have completed enough puzzles on each day of the week) or (b) they have been pushed out of the top 100 on the leader board. In these cases, the results are now shown, but their data is not used for the SNITCH calculation.

Where there is data for Tracked solvers, I show them also in this table. The solving data is not always available, as the Crossword Club site only shows the top 100 solvers to everyone. Logged-in users get their own leaderboard position and those around them, but this is not available to everyone. So the SNITCH site only gets data for those who have made the top 100 in the leaderboard at some point during the day.

As a result there are a few geographically advantaged solvers; those of us who solve early in the day (e.g. we in the Antipodes, those in Asia and those staying up late in North America) are more likely to hit the leaderboard even with slower times. Solvers who are just as capable but solve later in the UK day might not make the top 100 and I have no way to capture their results.

You may wonder why there are Tracked solvers (in red) with low average solving times, mixed in with the Reference solvers (in blue). These are usually those that, while they don't seem to be Neutrinos, are not well aligned to the SNITCH. So I don't use them as Reference solvers in the SNITCH calculation, but still show their overall results.

You might also notice that there's some inconsistency at the tail end of the Reference solver list. My cutoff point is an average solving time of 45 minutes. But if someone around this mark is chosen as a Reference solver, their next month's results might end up being over 45 minutes and they will still be used. Alternatively, a Tracked solver might creep in under 45 minutes on the next calculation, but didn't make the cut for the prior Reference list. It's on the to-do list to see if I can make this a bit more predictable.

Stored SNITCH Values

Here are the SNITCH values (stored on the day) from the crossword.

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