Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27517

Date 25 November 2019
Number 27517
Day of week Monday
NITCH 103
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
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Times for the Times Link 27517

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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 05:28 89 86
Eamon Ryan 06:52 05:28 79 76
Jason 07:19 05:51 79 76
verlaine verlaine 07:39 07:41 100 97
mistigris 08:16 08:45 105 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 07:30 86 83
Midas 09:33 12:31 131 127
hilarym 09:40 08:48 91 88
robertL 09:47 10:24 106 102
AlanS 09:58 16:19 163 158
asaldanha 10:10 10:03 98 95
chriswords 11:26 09:33 83 80
glheard glheard 11:49 13:47 116 112
lickert 12:17 12:51 104 100
Tom Stubbs 12:27 12:10 97 94
Spur58 13:16 12:28 93 90
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 15:14 112 108
noidea 13:43 16:15 118 114
p.wild 13:43 13:54 101 98
fshephe 13:53 13:19 95 92
SimonAnthony 14:02 21:58 156 151
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:30 95 92
neilr 14:06 13:58 99 96
Silva 14:09 17:13 121 117
Sheapey 14:20 14:39 102 99
andy 14:24 13:09 91 88
aphasic 14:32 17:15 118 114
Stavros 14:48 15:39 105 101
Tibthorpe 14:57 22:44 152 147
thebarnets 15:10 02:56 19 18
HenryBW 15:37 10:10 65 63
Malcj malcj 15:39 20:59 134 130
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 18:01 114 110
cyrillic 15:53 14:27 90 87
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 18:19 110 106
KenG 16:43 13:16 79 76
Golvellius 17:52 31:06 174 168
RobR robrolfe 17:57 26:29 147 142
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 25:21 138 133
robinh 18:19 15:55 86 83
fuzz 18:39 25:50 138 133
rupe 18:47 22:12 118 114
LouWeed 18:54 17:09 90 87
chamelien 19:11 19:16 100 97
LuckOfLucien 19:11 20:16 105 101
Craven 19:19 21:09 109 105
tapbarker 19:24 22:30 115 111
Squallaby 19:27 32:23 166 161
PHC 19:47 30:22 153 148
KET 20:00 31:53 159 154
Looch 20:39 18:19 88 85
barracuda 21:16 27:41 130 126
poskir 21:28 20:55 97 94
mcjwright 21:34 28:42 133 129
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 22:56 106 102
sampson 22:07 20:30 92 89
gbestanley 22:14 34:26 154 149
benedick 22:18 21:44 97 94
John Arnold 22:29 26:53 119 115
Solver52 22:53 22:05 96 93
brian.mcnamara 23:06 23:32 101 98
puzzled1 23:07 35:35 153 148
Pootle pootle73 23:20 24:05 103 100
colin2355 23:32 20:27 86 83
hugh.schofield 24:02 52:26 218 211
tonym 25:36 25:33 99 96
zythum 26:05 27:05 103 100
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 23:49 90 87
goblin 26:27 26:03 98 95
Mike Harper 26:33 37:38 141 136
Chadwick 26:40 26:26 99 96
timbo 26:48 19:44 73 70
GeorgeTz 27:06 07:32 27 26
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 30:33 109 105
endafk 28:29 25:37 89 86
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 63:08 217 210
alwsn8 29:29 39:30 133 129
James P special_bitter 30:33 42:47 140 135
nekabue 31:31 25:06 79 76
JoeyC 31:34 34:53 110 106
ulaca ulaca 32:40 40:02 122 118
FelicityTT 33:47 33:40 99 96
koro 33:55 56:16 165 160
SwissWavey 34:17 52:49 154 149
Glyndwr 34:27 42:40 123 119
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 46:57 132 128
maryht 36:34 36:32 99 96
Tudds 37:21 39:49 106 102
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 46:40 122 118
empty 40:40 49:54 122 118
Curarist curarist 40:43 36:38 89 86
Gussie 40:45 45:39 112 108
6098mr 41:05 31:52 77 74
Pleasuredome 41:06 38:31 93 90
Archie 43:20 43:26 100 97
Dandy 43:31 36:15 83 80
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 38:10 86 83
Ronnie 44:20 45:05 101 98
SK42 44:33 28:18 63 61
RaghuS 47:24 54:32 115 111
Masha 49:35 54:22 109 105
andrewmr 50:55 54:32 107 103
kjbr 51:15 63:33 124 120

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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