Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27512

Date 19 November 2019
Number 27512
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 113
Count of ref solvers 68
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27512

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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 05:39 92 81
Jason 07:19 06:14 85 75
verlaine verlaine 07:39 11:29 150 132
mistigris 08:16 07:16 87 76
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 09:12 105 92
Midas 09:33 08:19 87 76
richard 09:35 08:29 88 77
hilarym 09:40 12:38 130 115
robertL 09:47 18:34 189 167
asaldanha 10:10 10:00 98 86
chindit 10:29 09:36 91 80
chriswords 11:26 15:42 137 121
tiggis 12:03 10:46 89 78
lickert 12:17 11:24 92 81
Tom Stubbs 12:27 14:53 119 105
jimpen 13:06 11:26 87 76
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:43 71 62
p.wild 13:43 17:08 124 109
fshephe 13:53 13:24 96 84
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 17:34 124 109
Silva 14:09 17:55 126 111
Sheapey 14:20 16:38 116 102
andy 14:24 06:44 46 40
aphasic 14:32 19:31 134 118
mikegrocott 14:40 19:05 130 115
Ben Staveley 14:45 12:32 84 74
Stavros 14:48 23:04 155 137
Tibthorpe 14:57 18:10 121 107
tunflog 15:26 14:02 90 79
HenryBW 15:37 14:12 90 79
Malcj malcj 15:39 22:27 143 126
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 19:39 124 109
cyrillic 15:53 16:25 103 91
Sue Sweeper 16:15 18:25 113 100
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 24:28 148 130
phthisis 16:41 21:30 128 113
KenG 16:43 19:06 114 100
Golvellius 17:52 31:25 175 154
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 25:09 140 123
RobR robrolfe 17:57 31:33 175 154
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 18:53 103 91
fuzz 18:39 20:04 107 94
rupe 18:47 17:47 94 83
GMcD 18:53 22:24 118 104
LouWeed 18:54 20:58 110 97
chamelien 19:11 21:41 113 100
LuckOfLucien 19:11 25:47 134 118
Craven 19:19 20:37 106 93
tapbarker 19:24 32:01 165 146
Squallaby 19:27 14:51 76 67
johninterred 20:00 25:35 127 112
KET 20:00 16:18 81 71
grape 20:04 21:41 108 95
annelambirth 20:15 22:50 112 99
barracuda 21:16 29:40 139 123
jimwetzler 21:17 31:19 147 130
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 22:11 103 91
andrewlake 21:28 35:54 167 147
poskir 21:28 17:04 79 69
mcjwright 21:34 31:37 146 129
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 21:49 101 89
sampson 22:07 27:37 124 109
gbestanley 22:14 28:34 128 113
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 23:21 104 92
benedick 22:18 25:42 115 101
Solver52 22:53 22:21 97 85
Anna Lancefield 23:05 42:16 183 161
brian.mcnamara 23:06 31:09 134 118
Pootle pootle73 23:20 22:47 97 85
jaraab 23:24 38:12 163 144
colin2355 23:32 18:39 79 69
hugh.schofield 24:02 39:08 162 143
Speedcop2 24:22 51:37 211 186
tonym 25:36 34:22 134 118
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 26:53 102 90
goblin 26:27 32:05 121 107
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 30:21 114 100
Chadwick 26:40 22:07 82 72
dec 26:43 37:33 140 123
diogenes 27:27 34:54 127 112
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 34:13 122 107
Manveru 28:11 41:13 146 129
endafk 28:29 30:10 105 92
Jagsfan1971 29:16 27:56 95 84
alwsn8 29:29 38:44 131 115
Clovis 29:38 38:42 130 115
James P special_bitter 30:33 38:20 125 110
joekobi 30:55 19:15 62 54
nekabue 31:31 32:48 104 92
HanS 31:48 38:08 119 105
boltonwanderer 31:50 46:00 144 127
ulaca ulaca 32:40 31:48 97 85
Semillon 32:42 35:00 107 94
Mkgnao 33:33 52:08 155 137
koro 33:55 32:33 95 84
joss henry 33:57 34:36 101 89
SwissWavey 34:17 21:20 62 54
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 36:38 103 91
1234 36:37 28:32 77 68
MrGrumpy 36:51 39:42 107 94
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 37:19 98 86
empty 40:40 36:10 88 77
Curarist curarist 40:43 96:32 237 209
Nangle 40:46 68:53 168 148
Paulypops 40:53 54:44 133 117
6098mr 41:05 54:38 132 116
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 48:40 118 104
Archie 43:20 43:34 100 88
vissa 43:57 39:41 90 79
Ronnie 44:20 53:32 120 106
MartinP martinp1 45:24 67:56 149 131
FrameShift 47:42 47:59 100 88
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 34:12 71 62
symbenall2 48:46 56:45 116 102
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 53:38 108 95
Masha 49:35 57:46 116 102
kjbr 51:15 57:10 111 98

A guide to the solver status

Legend
 Reference solver used for SNITCH
 Other Reference solver
 Tracked solver
 Blog solver

Blog Solvers

Blog Solvers are those who have allowed their times to be taken from the Times for the Times blog.

Notes for Blog Solvers:

  • the most reliable format for reporting times is with format "mm:ss" or as "x minutes" in the title or at the start of the entry
  • only the first main comment for each blogger is used; responses to other comments or a second comment is ignored
  • to report errors, include "n errors" just after the time
  • If you just have a time it is assumed you have no errors unless you mention DNF or pink squares or giving up, etc, in the text
  • Examples of good time notifications are "38:30, 0 errors" and "39 minutes, 0 errors" in the comment title or as the first part of your comment

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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