Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27521

Date 29 November 2019
Number 27521
Day of week Friday
NITCH 90
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27521

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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 98
Eamon Ryan 06:52 07:56 115 127
Jason 07:19 07:48 106 117
verlaine verlaine 07:39 05:20 69 76
mistigris 08:16 09:00 108 120
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 06:59 80 88
Midas 09:33 07:18 76 84
hilarym 09:40 07:51 81 90
boulemiche 09:43 10:43 110 122
robertL 09:47 11:13 114 126
AlanS 09:58 11:30 115 127
asaldanha 10:10 12:47 125 138
chindit 10:29 12:26 118 131
Paul Gilbert 10:52 31:19 288 320
chriswords 11:26 12:20 107 118
glheard glheard 11:49 13:59 118 131
tiggis 12:03 14:22 119 132
Tom Stubbs 12:27 11:18 90 100
Kinghedger 12:47 09:13 72 80
jimpen 13:06 13:54 106 117
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:40 71 78
p.wild 13:43 11:49 86 95
fshephe 13:53 12:50 92 102
SimonAnthony 14:02 10:49 77 85
neilr 14:06 08:39 61 67
Silva 14:09 12:05 85 94
Sheapey 14:20 16:00 111 123
andy 14:24 13:37 94 104
aphasic 14:32 13:14 91 101
Groucho 14:35 13:20 91 101
Stavros 14:48 10:54 73 81
jim42078 14:51 14:36 98 108
Tibthorpe 14:57 14:13 95 105
Big Mick 15:18 16:04 105 116
tunflog 15:26 15:09 98 108
Malcj malcj 15:39 15:54 101 112
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:39 105 116
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 17:03 103 114
oshinmark 17:23 18:53 108 120
Golvellius 17:52 17:36 98 108
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 23:21 130 144
RobR robrolfe 17:57 15:38 87 96
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 14:26 78 86
robinh 18:19 12:24 67 74
fuzz 18:39 27:31 147 163
rupe 18:47 15:51 84 93
MK76 18:50 13:40 72 80
GMcD 18:53 21:31 113 125
LouWeed 18:54 11:01 58 64
Craven 19:19 18:09 93 103
tapbarker 19:24 11:52 61 67
Squallaby 19:27 15:15 78 86
PHC 19:47 21:27 108 120
annelambirth 20:15 19:58 98 108
kath 20:34 28:01 136 151
barracuda 21:16 21:08 99 110
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 20:28 95 105
poskir 21:28 65:23 304 337
andrewlake 21:28 21:12 98 108
mcjwright 21:34 16:23 75 83
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 12:28 57 63
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 20:30 94 104
pterodactyl 22:00 24:24 110 122
sampson 22:07 23:13 104 115
gbestanley 22:14 18:11 81 90
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 30:00 134 148
benedick 22:18 19:22 86 95
John Arnold 22:29 25:27 113 125
Solver52 22:53 21:07 92 102
puzzled1 23:07 05:59 25 27
Pootle pootle73 23:20 27:14 116 128
jaraab 23:24 30:55 132 146
colin2355 23:32 15:31 65 72
george.garlick 24:04 21:30 89 98
tonym 25:36 23:59 93 103
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 15:15 58 64
goblin 26:27 24:13 91 101
Mike Harper 26:33 52:08 196 217
Chadwick 26:40 27:07 101 112
GeorgeTz 27:06 22:48 84 93
diogenes 27:27 28:55 105 116
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 37:00 132 146
Manveru 28:11 41:21 146 162
William M 28:27 32:11 113 125
endafk 28:29 84:26 296 328
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 25:47 88 97
alwsn8 29:29 27:29 93 103
Clovis 29:38 23:45 80 88
James P special_bitter 30:33 25:24 83 92
JoeyC 31:34 15:55 50 55
ulaca ulaca 32:40 32:04 98 108
Big Nug 33:27 23:32 70 77
Mkgnao 33:33 34:13 101 112
Jeeves 33:44 28:05 83 92
FelicityTT 33:47 22:37 66 73
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 54:39 154 171
maryht 36:34 34:29 94 104
1234 36:37 32:13 87 96
Tudds 37:21 25:09 67 74
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 32:52 86 95
empty 40:40 31:31 77 85
Gussie 40:45 30:54 75 83
Paulypops 40:53 34:12 83 92
6098mr 41:05 34:40 84 93
Pleasuredome 41:06 37:03 90 100
Archie 43:20 32:51 75 83
Ronnie 44:20 57:04 128 142
MartinP martinp1 45:24 34:45 76 84
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 56:49 119 132
FrameShift 47:42 46:54 98 108
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 52:10 105 116
Masha 49:35 47:05 94 104
andrewmr 50:55 63:43 125 138
jackk.larg 55:46 87:16 156 173

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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