Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27518

Date 26 November 2019
Number 27518
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 15
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27518

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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 04:37 75 110
Eamon Ryan 06:52 04:12 61 89
Jason 07:19 04:54 66 97
verlaine verlaine 07:39 04:27 58 85
mistigris 08:16 05:20 64 94
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 06:47 77 113
Midas 09:33 06:50 71 104
hilarym 09:40 08:14 85 125
boulemiche 09:43 09:32 98 144
robertL 09:47 08:09 83 122
AlanS 09:58 08:34 85 125
asaldanha 10:10 05:20 52 76
chindit 10:29 06:40 63 92
chriswords 11:26 10:20 90 132
glheard glheard 11:49 11:06 93 136
tiggis 12:03 09:30 78 114
lickert 12:17 06:28 52 76
Tom Stubbs 12:27 07:33 60 88
jimpen 13:06 11:37 88 129
Spur58 13:16 11:39 87 127
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 05:33 40 58
noidea 13:43 11:05 80 117
p.wild 13:43 11:03 80 117
fshephe 13:53 10:25 75 110
SimonAnthony 14:02 08:59 64 94
John Walsh 14:05 13:58 99 145
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 07:37 54 79
neilr 14:06 07:31 53 77
Silva 14:09 11:54 84 123
Sheapey 14:20 10:48 75 110
aphasic 14:32 12:33 86 126
Groucho 14:35 10:28 71 104
mikegrocott 14:40 11:16 76 111
Ben Staveley 14:45 11:48 80 117
Tibthorpe 14:57 09:58 66 97
tunflog 15:26 11:23 73 107
HenryBW 15:37 09:37 61 89
Malcj malcj 15:39 12:41 81 119
cyrillic 15:53 12:54 81 119
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 09:23 56 82
KenG 16:43 09:42 58 85
oshinmark 17:23 14:20 82 120
RobR robrolfe 17:57 17:59 100 147
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 15:05 82 120
robinh 18:19 14:21 78 114
fuzz 18:39 21:34 115 169
rupe 18:47 11:16 59 86
MK76 18:50 16:17 86 126
GMcD 18:53 10:21 54 79
chamelien 19:11 13:13 68 100
LuckOfLucien 19:11 14:18 74 108
Craven 19:19 17:25 90 132
Squallaby 19:27 12:13 62 91
PHC 19:47 11:48 59 86
grape 20:04 08:21 41 60
annelambirth 20:15 15:02 74 108
Looch 20:39 14:51 71 104
barracuda 21:16 13:18 62 91
jimwetzler 21:17 19:39 92 135
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 17:48 83 122
poskir 21:28 16:11 75 110
mcjwright 21:34 14:27 67 98
pterodactyl 22:00 13:38 61 89
gbestanley 22:14 21:23 96 141
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 18:52 84 123
benedick 22:18 14:03 63 92
John Arnold 22:29 16:14 72 105
Solver52 22:53 20:15 88 129
jaraab 23:24 20:30 87 127
colin2355 23:32 13:48 58 85
hugh.schofield 24:02 10:47 44 64
george.garlick 24:04 19:25 80 117
tonym 25:36 15:43 61 89
zythum 26:05 24:47 95 139
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 14:56 56 82
goblin 26:27 20:31 77 113
Mike Harper 26:33 27:07 102 150
Chadwick 26:40 18:11 68 100
GeorgeTz 27:06 21:40 79 116
diogenes 27:27 15:30 56 82
Manveru 28:11 37:22 132 194
endafk 28:29 112:44 395 580
jdavidliddell 29:03 21:39 74 108
alwsn8 29:29 13:26 45 66
Clovis 29:38 21:53 73 107
James P special_bitter 30:33 21:35 70 102
HanS 31:48 34:52 109 160
ulaca ulaca 32:40 22:45 69 101
Big Nug 33:27 19:39 58 85
Mkgnao 33:33 17:36 52 76
koro 33:55 28:21 83 122
joss henry 33:57 47:09 138 202
SwissWavey 34:17 40:43 118 173
Crippens1 34:54 21:39 62 91
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 20:57 59 86
maryht 36:34 35:34 97 142
1234 36:37 27:30 75 110
Tudds 37:21 25:55 69 101
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 20:28 51 75
empty 40:40 26:59 66 97
Paulypops 40:53 33:53 82 120
FrameShift 47:42 39:33 82 120
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 41:09 86 126
symbenall2 48:46 25:27 52 76
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 38:00 76 111
Masha 49:35 34:20 69 101
andrewmr 50:55 32:25 63 92
kjbr 51:15 45:43 89 130
jackk.larg 55:46 46:51 84 123

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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