Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27523

Date 02 December 2019
Number 27523
Day of week Monday
NITCH 58
Count of ref solvers 57
Ref solvers excluded with errors 14
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27523

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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 04:08 67 115
Jason 07:19 05:25 74 127
verlaine verlaine 07:39 03:57 51 87
mistigris 08:16 04:56 59 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 05:16 60 103
hilarym 09:40 06:35 68 117
boulemiche 09:43 09:01 92 158
robertL 09:47 09:26 96 165
AlanS 09:58 08:16 82 141
asaldanha 10:10 06:39 65 112
Paul Gilbert 10:52 03:33 32 55
chriswords 11:26 06:25 56 96
glheard glheard 11:49 08:23 70 120
tiggis 12:03 07:43 64 110
lickert 12:17 08:21 67 115
Tom Stubbs 12:27 07:53 63 108
jimpen 13:06 09:32 72 124
Spur58 13:16 09:12 69 118
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 06:49 50 86
noidea 13:43 09:51 71 122
p.wild 13:43 09:29 69 118
fshephe 13:53 08:34 61 105
SimonAnthony 14:02 05:26 38 65
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 05:45 40 68
John Walsh 14:05 10:14 72 124
neilr 14:06 08:59 63 108
Silva 14:09 10:48 76 131
Sheapey 14:20 07:45 54 93
aphasic 14:32 09:08 62 106
Groucho 14:35 09:24 64 110
Stavros 14:48 08:52 59 101
thebarnets 15:10 02:45 18 31
Big Mick 15:18 10:27 68 117
tunflog 15:26 13:16 85 146
margaretl 15:29 12:09 78 134
Malcj malcj 15:39 10:02 64 110
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 08:57 56 96
Spanna 16:31 11:22 68 117
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 09:04 54 93
phthisis 16:41 11:21 68 117
Golvellius 17:52 07:09 40 68
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 09:58 55 94
RobR robrolfe 17:57 09:40 53 91
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 12:53 70 120
robinh 18:19 09:46 53 91
fuzz 18:39 09:34 51 87
rupe 18:47 08:51 47 81
GMcD 18:53 12:06 64 110
LouWeed 18:54 10:50 57 98
chamelien 19:11 08:34 44 75
LuckOfLucien 19:11 11:49 61 105
Craven 19:19 12:13 63 108
tapbarker 19:24 08:31 43 74
Squallaby 19:27 09:30 48 82
PHC 19:47 13:40 69 118
annelambirth 20:15 14:09 69 118
kath 20:34 21:29 104 179
Looch 20:39 11:55 57 98
barracuda 21:16 15:08 71 122
andrewlake 21:28 13:13 61 105
mcjwright 21:34 13:23 62 106
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 10:04 46 79
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 15:43 72 124
sampson 22:07 13:12 59 101
gbestanley 22:14 12:12 54 93
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 12:43 57 98
benedick 22:18 14:13 63 108
Zander 22:32 11:08 49 84
Solver52 22:53 14:31 63 108
Anna Lancefield 23:05 13:34 58 100
brian.mcnamara 23:06 13:52 60 103
colin2355 23:32 13:34 57 98
george.garlick 24:04 12:52 53 91
Speedcop2 24:22 13:32 55 94
frost 25:19 13:35 53 91
Bert Dove 25:56 17:49 68 117
goblin 26:27 15:43 59 101
Mike Harper 26:33 25:10 94 162
Chadwick 26:40 14:37 54 93
dec 26:43 13:56 52 89
GeorgeTz 27:06 12:02 44 75
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 17:39 63 108
Manveru 28:11 23:28 83 143
William M 28:27 16:55 59 101
Jagsfan1971 29:16 14:39 50 86
James P special_bitter 30:33 15:48 51 87
HanS 31:48 20:31 64 110
Agsurfer 32:38 24:23 74 127
ulaca ulaca 32:40 12:51 39 67
JE59 33:26 15:09 45 77
Big Nug 33:27 14:27 43 74
Mkgnao 33:33 19:32 58 100
koro 33:55 17:32 51 87
joss henry 33:57 19:57 58 100
SwissWavey 34:17 17:54 52 89
Glyndwr 34:27 17:50 51 87
Crippens1 34:54 15:32 44 75
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 18:33 52 89
maryht 36:34 34:50 95 163
1234 36:37 28:44 78 134
Tudds 37:21 27:33 73 125
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 17:42 46 79
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 14:25 36 62
empty 40:40 30:52 75 129
Curarist curarist 40:43 11:04 27 46
Paulypops 40:53 27:13 66 113
Pleasuredome 41:06 19:25 47 81
oldblueeyes 44:56 22:48 50 86
MartinP martinp1 45:24 23:50 52 89
FrameShift 47:42 36:55 77 132
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 17:46 35 60
Masha 49:35 23:20 47 81
andrewmr 50:55 34:32 67 115
kjbr 51:15 31:54 62 106
jackk.larg 55:46 37:04 66 113

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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