Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27515

Date 22 November 2019
Number 27515
Day of week Friday
NITCH 155
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27515

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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 09:57 162 104
Jason 07:19 11:07 151 97
verlaine verlaine 07:39 19:36 256 165
mistigris 08:16 12:03 145 93
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 14:43 168 108
Midas 09:33 14:31 152 98
AlanS 09:58 23:39 237 152
asaldanha 10:10 32:53 323 208
chindit 10:29 14:52 141 90
chriswords 11:26 16:16 142 91
lickert 12:17 13:30 109 70
Tom Stubbs 12:27 24:23 195 125
Kinghedger 12:47 21:56 171 110
jimpen 13:06 13:18 101 65
Spur58 13:16 17:53 134 86
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 18:26 135 87
p.wild 13:43 15:32 113 72
SimonAnthony 14:02 22:27 159 102
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 22:31 159 102
Silva 14:09 18:44 132 85
Sheapey 14:20 25:07 175 112
Tibthorpe 14:57 21:20 142 91
HenryBW 15:37 29:30 188 121
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 23:51 151 97
cyrillic 15:53 21:06 132 85
Sue Sweeper 16:15 35:21 217 140
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 35:03 212 136
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:26 108 69
RobR robrolfe 17:57 19:52 110 70
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 24:24 133 85
robinh 18:19 26:45 146 94
fuzz 18:39 24:34 131 84
GMcD 18:53 23:47 125 80
LouWeed 18:54 30:03 158 101
Craven 19:19 31:42 164 105
tapbarker 19:24 20:58 108 69
Squallaby 19:27 30:44 158 101
PHC 19:47 29:42 150 96
barracuda 21:16 41:02 192 123
andrewlake 21:28 29:01 135 87
mcjwright 21:34 36:02 167 107
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 20:25 93 60
sampson 22:07 34:36 156 100
gbestanley 22:14 31:44 142 91
Solver52 22:53 30:33 133 85
Pootle pootle73 23:20 60:03 257 165
colin2355 23:32 38:58 165 106
zythum 26:05 35:35 136 87
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 33:34 127 81
goblin 26:27 38:16 144 92
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 73:14 275 177
Chadwick 26:40 36:26 136 87
dec 26:43 39:28 147 94
diogenes 27:27 38:26 140 90
William M 28:27 55:26 194 125
endafk 28:29 35:27 124 80
Peter Sykes 28:40 46:02 160 103
Jagsfan1971 29:16 63:18 216 139
alwsn8 29:29 35:43 121 78
bobbb 31:22 56:28 180 116
nekabue 31:31 39:41 125 80
JoeyC 31:34 96:09 304 196
HanS 31:48 32:46 103 66
rosselliot 32:37 45:34 139 89
Semillon 32:42 48:40 148 95
Mkgnao 33:33 52:15 155 100
Jeeves 33:44 79:01 234 150
koro 33:55 57:15 168 108
stainl665 33:55 31:58 94 60
SwissWavey 34:17 39:23 114 73
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 76:55 216 139
maryht 36:34 43:33 119 76
1234 36:37 72:06 196 126
Tudds 37:21 70:36 189 121
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 56:31 148 95
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 50:51 128 82
empty 40:40 34:03 83 53
Archie 43:20 53:53 124 80
SK42 44:33 58:15 130 83
MartinP martinp1 45:24 55:13 121 78
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 113:16 237 152
FrameShift 47:42 69:16 145 93
symbenall2 48:46 101:34 208 134
andrewmr 50:55 92:53 182 117
jackk.larg 55:46 101:07 181 116
kennethk 57:35 73:46 128 82

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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