Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27520

Date 28 November 2019
Number 27520
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 118
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27520

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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 05:53 95 80
Eamon Ryan 06:52 08:35 125 105
Jason 07:19 08:43 119 100
verlaine verlaine 07:39 09:12 120 101
mistigris 08:16 10:19 124 105
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 12:30 143 121
Midas 09:33 13:20 139 117
hilarym 09:40 14:39 151 127
robertL 09:47 11:22 116 98
AlanS 09:58 13:40 137 116
asaldanha 10:10 09:27 92 77
chindit 10:29 12:25 118 100
Paul Gilbert 10:52 09:07 83 70
chriswords 11:26 15:55 139 117
glheard glheard 11:49 13:12 111 94
lickert 12:17 17:57 146 123
Tom Stubbs 12:27 17:31 140 118
p.wild 13:43 14:27 105 88
fshephe 13:53 16:17 117 99
SimonAnthony 14:02 15:59 113 95
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 19:27 138 116
neilr 14:06 16:49 119 100
Silva 14:09 14:11 100 84
Sheapey 14:20 21:35 150 127
andy 14:24 16:12 112 94
Groucho 14:35 26:16 180 152
mikegrocott 14:40 22:12 151 127
Stavros 14:48 13:38 92 77
jim42078 14:51 14:50 99 83
Tibthorpe 14:57 19:29 130 110
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 18:37 118 100
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 21:39 131 111
Spanna 16:31 20:03 121 102
KenG 16:43 21:47 130 110
oshinmark 17:23 24:33 141 119
Golvellius 17:52 15:17 85 72
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 23:12 129 109
RobR robrolfe 17:57 30:03 167 141
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 23:44 129 109
robinh 18:19 22:04 120 101
fuzz 18:39 18:28 99 83
rupe 18:47 34:18 182 154
GMcD 18:53 24:46 131 111
LouWeed 18:54 22:10 117 99
tapbarker 19:24 19:51 102 86
grape 20:04 23:13 115 97
annelambirth 20:15 33:59 167 141
Looch 20:39 25:59 125 105
poskir 21:28 28:10 131 111
andrewlake 21:28 25:30 118 100
mcjwright 21:34 28:50 133 112
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 21:45 100 84
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 34:15 157 133
gbestanley 22:14 28:23 127 107
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 29:52 134 113
benedick 22:18 28:43 128 108
Solver52 22:53 29:11 127 107
brian.mcnamara 23:06 37:26 162 137
Pootle pootle73 23:20 19:12 82 69
colin2355 23:32 21:03 89 75
tonym 25:36 33:02 129 109
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 22:32 85 72
goblin 26:27 26:40 100 84
Chadwick 26:40 26:15 98 83
GeorgeTz 27:06 40:15 148 125
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 31:14 112 94
William M 28:27 45:06 158 133
alwsn8 29:29 24:10 81 68
James P special_bitter 30:33 42:47 140 118
Paul H. Dear 30:55 32:42 105 88
rosselliot 32:37 37:07 113 95
Agsurfer 32:38 14:55 45 38
ulaca ulaca 32:40 50:27 154 130
Big Nug 33:27 38:44 115 97
Jeeves 33:44 39:12 116 98
FelicityTT 33:47 49:19 145 122
koro 33:55 38:43 114 96
stainl665 33:55 32:01 94 79
SwissWavey 34:17 40:47 118 100
Crippens1 34:54 55:49 159 134
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 41:07 115 97
maryht 36:34 51:36 141 119
1234 36:37 41:28 113 95
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 34:01 89 75
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 38:26 96 81
empty 40:40 37:18 91 77
Curarist curarist 40:43 34:29 84 71
Gussie 40:45 28:36 70 59
Paulypops 40:53 58:41 143 121
Maggot 41:59 51:09 121 102
Archie 43:20 34:09 78 66
Dandy 43:31 60:48 139 117
Scottie 44:05 49:39 112 94
Ronnie 44:20 41:08 92 77
oldblueeyes 44:56 40:04 89 75
MartinP martinp1 45:24 55:14 121 102
RaghuS 47:24 76:43 161 136
FrameShift 47:42 51:33 108 91
symbenall2 48:46 52:57 108 91
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 82:51 167 141
andrewmr 50:55 53:39 105 88
kjbr 51:15 63:54 124 105

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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