Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27519

Date 27 November 2019
Number 27519
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 167
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27519

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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 12:32 204 122
Jason 07:19 17:33 239 143
verlaine verlaine 07:39 10:38 138 82
Midas 09:33 17:43 185 110
asaldanha 10:10 15:06 148 88
chriswords 11:26 20:55 182 108
lickert 12:17 21:43 176 105
Tom Stubbs 12:27 24:20 195 116
Spur58 13:16 14:31 109 65
p.wild 13:43 15:36 113 67
fshephe 13:53 20:49 149 89
SimonAnthony 14:02 21:39 154 92
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 25:14 179 107
neilr 14:06 25:43 182 108
Silva 14:09 28:30 201 120
Sheapey 14:20 23:04 160 95
andy 14:24 17:32 121 72
mikegrocott 14:40 23:17 158 94
Tibthorpe 14:57 47:03 314 188
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 18:30 117 70
cyrillic 15:53 32:09 202 120
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 41:21 250 149
phthisis 16:41 23:49 142 85
Golvellius 17:52 38:22 214 128
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 38:11 213 127
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 32:56 179 107
robinh 18:19 30:06 164 98
fuzz 18:39 21:15 113 67
rupe 18:47 25:52 137 82
GMcD 18:53 38:33 204 122
LouWeed 18:54 31:26 166 99
chamelien 19:11 31:22 163 97
LuckOfLucien 19:11 31:17 163 97
Craven 19:19 30:18 156 93
tapbarker 19:24 31:28 162 97
Squallaby 19:27 47:45 245 146
Looch 20:39 27:33 133 79
barracuda 21:16 34:17 161 96
Hamish.S 21:24 38:23 179 107
andrewlake 21:28 28:18 131 78
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 49:46 228 136
benedick 22:18 27:42 124 74
Zander 22:32 21:12 94 56
Solver52 22:53 28:57 126 75
puzzled1 23:07 39:59 172 102
jaraab 23:24 43:13 184 110
colin2355 23:32 42:22 180 107
Speedcop2 24:22 37:58 155 92
tonym 25:36 34:10 133 79
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 60:50 231 138
goblin 26:27 42:21 160 95
Mike Harper 26:33 72:45 274 164
Chadwick 26:40 35:41 133 79
GeorgeTz 27:06 46:34 171 102
Peter Sykes 28:40 38:12 133 79
Jagsfan1971 29:16 48:22 165 98
James P special_bitter 30:33 49:28 161 96
HanS 31:48 32:57 103 61
Mkgnao 33:33 57:52 172 102
Jeeves 33:44 63:42 188 112
koro 33:55 65:21 192 114
stainl665 33:55 39:30 116 69
SwissWavey 34:17 43:20 126 75
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 46:04 129 77
maryht 36:34 37:49 103 61
1234 36:37 55:27 151 90
MrGrumpy 36:51 52:44 143 85
Tudds 37:21 41:36 111 66
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 48:15 126 75
empty 40:40 43:44 107 64
Gussie 40:45 44:19 108 64
Nangle 40:46 83:30 204 122
6098mr 41:05 41:02 99 59
Archie 43:20 62:12 143 85
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 75:35 172 102
MartinP martinp1 45:24 77:47 171 102
RaghuS 47:24 57:07 120 71
FrameShift 47:42 68:36 143 85
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 116:53 236 141
jackk.larg 55:46 47:27 85 50

A guide to the solver status

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 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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