Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27513

Date 20 November 2019
Number 27513
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 91
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27513

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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 05:18 86 94
Jason 07:19 05:41 77 84
verlaine verlaine 07:39 13:52 181 198
mistigris 08:16 07:17 88 96
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 08:44 100 109
Midas 09:33 09:43 101 110
richard 09:35 13:35 141 154
hilarym 09:40 12:25 128 140
boulemiche 09:43 08:58 92 101
robertL 09:47 09:14 94 103
AlanS 09:58 12:48 128 140
asaldanha 10:10 06:33 64 70
chindit 10:29 08:33 81 89
Paul Gilbert 10:52 17:25 160 175
chriswords 11:26 13:56 121 132
glheard glheard 11:49 12:41 107 117
lickert 12:17 10:47 87 95
Tom Stubbs 12:27 13:32 108 118
jimpen 13:06 11:13 85 93
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 11:03 81 89
p.wild 13:43 11:51 86 94
fshephe 13:53 16:45 120 131
SimonAnthony 14:02 09:48 69 75
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 11:12 79 86
John Walsh 14:05 13:08 93 102
neilr 14:06 11:07 78 85
Silva 14:09 12:26 87 95
Sheapey 14:20 14:32 101 110
andy 14:24 10:24 72 79
aphasic 14:32 17:03 117 128
mikegrocott 14:40 17:22 118 129
Ben Staveley 14:45 20:27 138 151
Stavros 14:48 17:13 116 127
jim42078 14:51 13:01 87 95
thebarnets 15:10 14:12 93 102
tunflog 15:26 17:52 115 126
HenryBW 15:37 25:57 166 182
Malcj malcj 15:39 22:49 145 159
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 15:26 98 107
cyrillic 15:53 11:32 72 79
Sue Sweeper 16:15 19:24 119 130
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 15:34 94 103
phthisis 16:41 13:59 83 91
KenG 16:43 13:48 82 90
Golvellius 17:52 17:56 100 109
RobR robrolfe 17:57 18:38 103 113
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 16:33 90 98
fuzz 18:39 17:44 95 104
GMcD 18:53 16:51 89 97
LouWeed 18:54 14:05 74 81
chamelien 19:11 15:12 79 86
LuckOfLucien 19:11 20:42 107 117
Craven 19:19 15:20 79 86
tapbarker 19:24 12:31 64 70
Squallaby 19:27 12:26 63 69
PHC 19:47 23:42 119 130
grape 20:04 25:51 128 140
annelambirth 20:15 20:53 103 113
Looch 20:39 16:24 79 86
barracuda 21:16 31:16 147 161
Hamish.S 21:24 17:34 82 90
poskir 21:28 20:00 93 102
andrewlake 21:28 29:26 137 150
mcjwright 21:34 19:36 90 98
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 16:51 78 85
sampson 22:07 21:32 97 106
gbestanley 22:14 19:43 88 96
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 22:50 102 112
benedick 22:18 18:21 82 90
cath23 22:36 15:21 67 73
Solver52 22:53 21:46 95 104
Anna Lancefield 23:05 18:44 81 89
brian.mcnamara 23:06 20:37 89 97
Pootle pootle73 23:20 18:21 78 85
colin2355 23:32 20:08 85 93
hugh.schofield 24:02 20:03 83 91
Speedcop2 24:22 29:25 120 131
tonym 25:36 23:38 92 101
zythum 26:05 20:12 77 84
Dzhigit 26:06 26:51 102 112
goblin 26:27 24:00 90 98
Chadwick 26:40 29:03 108 118
dec 26:43 21:59 82 90
diogenes 27:27 42:33 155 170
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 34:07 122 134
Manveru 28:11 24:28 86 94
endafk 28:29 25:25 89 97
Peter Sykes 28:40 28:52 100 109
Jagsfan1971 29:16 22:42 77 84
alwsn8 29:29 26:18 89 97
James P special_bitter 30:33 21:28 70 76
Paul H. Dear 30:55 21:38 69 75
nekabue 31:31 21:35 68 74
HanS 31:48 26:18 82 90
rosselliot 32:37 27:44 85 93
ulaca ulaca 32:40 21:07 64 70
Semillon 32:42 22:22 68 74
Big Nug 33:27 26:38 79 86
Mkgnao 33:33 27:01 80 87
koro 33:55 29:17 86 94
joss henry 33:57 65:39 193 212
SwissWavey 34:17 21:22 62 68
Glyndwr 34:27 27:15 79 86
Crippens1 34:54 39:55 114 125
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 20:57 59 64
1234 36:37 25:06 68 74
Tudds 37:21 46:20 124 136
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 26:00 68 74
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 25:00 63 69
empty 40:40 28:13 69 75
Nangle 40:46 33:18 81 89
Pleasuredome 41:06 51:26 125 137
Ronnie 44:20 50:38 114 125
MartinP martinp1 45:24 36:18 79 86
FrameShift 47:42 47:12 98 107
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 42:03 88 96
symbenall2 48:46 38:26 78 85
kjbr 51:15 79:23 154 169

A guide to the solver status

Legend
 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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