Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27524

Date 03 December 2019
Number 27524
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 86
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27524

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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
Jason 07:19 05:14 71 82
verlaine verlaine 07:39 06:18 82 95
mistigris 08:16 06:57 84 97
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 09:48 112 130
Midas 09:33 07:17 76 88
richard 09:35 09:48 102 118
hilarym 09:40 08:58 92 106
robertL 09:47 11:06 113 131
AlanS 09:58 12:00 120 139
asaldanha 10:10 13:52 136 158
chindit 10:29 09:08 87 101
Paul Gilbert 10:52 07:18 67 77
chriswords 11:26 08:24 73 84
glheard glheard 11:49 10:39 90 104
lickert 12:17 07:24 60 69
Tom Stubbs 12:27 08:31 68 79
jimpen 13:06 08:42 66 76
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 10:20 76 88
noidea 13:43 13:58 101 117
p.wild 13:43 12:23 90 104
fshephe 13:53 13:22 96 111
SimonAnthony 14:02 19:34 139 161
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 07:26 52 60
neilr 14:06 09:58 70 81
Silva 14:09 18:13 128 148
Sheapey 14:20 17:50 124 144
andy 14:24 03:30 24 27
Groucho 14:35 15:12 104 120
Ben Staveley 14:45 10:46 72 83
Stavros 14:48 18:46 126 146
jim42078 14:51 14:08 95 110
Tibthorpe 14:57 14:27 96 111
bigmack68 15:14 24:54 163 189
HenryBW 15:37 12:46 81 94
Malcj malcj 15:39 13:35 86 100
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 21:10 134 155
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 27:13 164 190
phthisis 16:41 18:44 112 130
KenG 16:43 17:50 106 123
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:52 110 127
RobR robrolfe 17:57 10:48 60 69
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 14:06 77 89
robinh 18:19 12:46 69 80
fuzz 18:39 16:09 86 100
GMcD 18:53 15:06 79 91
LouWeed 18:54 18:32 98 113
chamelien 19:11 22:09 115 133
LuckOfLucien 19:11 19:35 102 118
Craven 19:19 17:00 88 102
tapbarker 19:24 15:23 79 91
Squallaby 19:27 13:59 71 82
PHC 19:47 24:36 124 144
KET 20:00 33:29 167 194
grape 20:04 12:35 62 72
Looch 20:39 27:22 132 153
barracuda 21:16 12:02 56 65
jimwetzler 21:17 16:34 77 89
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 17:27 81 94
poskir 21:28 20:43 96 111
andrewlake 21:28 20:41 96 111
mcjwright 21:34 21:19 98 113
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 11:32 53 61
pterodactyl 22:00 28:18 128 148
sampson 22:07 17:36 79 91
gbestanley 22:14 18:18 82 95
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 13:33 60 69
benedick 22:18 18:32 83 96
Solver52 22:53 22:33 98 113
brian.mcnamara 23:06 21:35 93 108
Pootle pootle73 23:20 21:50 93 108
jaraab 23:24 22:09 94 109
colin2355 23:32 27:00 114 132
hugh.schofield 24:02 19:54 82 95
george.garlick 24:04 21:14 88 102
Speedcop2 24:22 20:36 84 97
tonym 25:36 26:11 102 118
zythum 26:05 24:02 92 106
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 26:56 102 118
goblin 26:27 20:48 78 90
Chadwick 26:40 33:40 126 146
GeorgeTz 27:06 21:46 80 93
diogenes 27:27 21:41 78 90
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 16:03 57 66
Manveru 28:11 23:43 84 97
William M 28:27 20:50 73 84
endafk 28:29 21:44 76 88
jdavidliddell 29:03 22:02 75 87
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 31:59 110 127
alwsn8 29:29 24:30 83 96
Clovis 29:38 40:39 137 159
nekabue 31:31 62:40 198 230
HanS 31:48 30:57 97 112
rosselliot 32:37 34:45 106 123
ulaca ulaca 32:40 20:40 63 73
Semillon 32:42 27:52 85 98
Big Nug 33:27 40:06 119 138
Mkgnao 33:33 21:16 63 73
joss henry 33:57 31:28 92 106
Glyndwr 34:27 30:20 88 102
Crippens1 34:54 40:17 115 133
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 35:15 99 115
maryht 36:34 39:04 106 123
1234 36:37 29:15 79 91
Tudds 37:21 24:31 65 75
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 37:20 98 113
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 37:32 94 109
empty 40:40 39:09 96 111
Paulypops 40:53 48:49 119 138
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 36:44 89 103
Scottie 44:05 33:38 76 88
Ronnie 44:20 46:44 105 122
oldblueeyes 44:56 21:21 47 54
MartinP martinp1 45:24 38:35 84 97
FrameShift 47:42 54:21 113 131
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 36:46 77 89
symbenall2 48:46 25:15 51 59
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 33:34 67 77
Masha 49:35 31:29 63 73
kjbr 51:15 58:36 114 132

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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