Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27525

Date 04 December 2019
Number 27525
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 25
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Times for the Times Link 27525

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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 05:41 92 90
Eamon Ryan 06:52 05:33 80 78
Jason 07:19 06:46 92 90
verlaine verlaine 07:39 05:56 77 75
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 10:29 120 117
Midas 09:33 09:50 102 100
robertL 09:47 13:15 135 132
AlanS 09:58 12:25 124 121
asaldanha 10:10 08:13 80 78
chindit 10:29 10:04 96 94
chriswords 11:26 13:11 115 112
ChuckB 11:40 15:58 136 133
lickert 12:17 13:08 106 103
Tom Stubbs 12:27 11:58 96 94
jimpen 13:06 12:41 96 94
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 16:34 121 118
noidea 13:43 15:07 110 107
p.wild 13:43 13:22 97 95
fshephe 13:53 12:13 87 85
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:18 94 92
Silva 14:09 13:58 98 96
Sheapey 14:20 12:44 88 86
aphasic 14:32 17:47 122 119
Stavros 14:48 11:37 78 76
thebarnets 15:10 04:45 31 30
Big Mick 15:18 18:18 119 116
margaretl 15:29 15:27 99 97
Malcj malcj 15:39 16:21 104 101
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:22 104 101
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 20:23 123 120
phthisis 16:41 26:41 159 155
KenG 16:43 20:48 124 121
Golvellius 17:52 17:55 100 98
RobR robrolfe 17:57 21:42 120 117
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 18:20 100 98
robinh 18:19 21:32 117 114
fuzz 18:39 13:35 72 70
GMcD 18:53 16:37 87 85
chamelien 19:11 22:32 117 114
Craven 19:19 24:37 127 124
tapbarker 19:24 15:56 82 80
Pam 19:46 03:12 16 15
barracuda 21:16 20:46 97 95
Hamish.S 21:24 17:16 80 78
gbestanley 22:14 23:59 107 104
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 23:35 105 102
John Arnold 22:29 22:59 102 100
Solver52 22:53 19:50 86 84
Pootle pootle73 23:20 12:50 55 53
tonym 25:36 31:02 121 118
zythum 26:05 27:11 104 101
Dzhigit 26:06 21:48 83 81
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 38:08 145 142
goblin 26:27 26:02 98 96
Mike Harper 26:33 55:36 209 204
dec 26:43 26:34 99 97
GeorgeTz 27:06 31:00 114 111
diogenes 27:27 30:08 109 106
Manveru 28:11 25:19 89 87
jdavidliddell 29:03 34:55 120 117
alwsn8 29:29 36:10 122 119
Clovis 29:38 29:02 97 95
James P special_bitter 30:33 31:10 102 100
bobbb 31:22 40:06 127 124
nekabue 31:31 23:00 72 70
HanS 31:48 32:20 101 99
ulaca ulaca 32:40 50:47 155 151
Semillon 32:42 28:39 87 85
JE59 33:26 50:57 152 149
Big Nug 33:27 25:29 76 74
Mkgnao 33:33 20:46 61 59
koro 33:55 30:02 88 86
joss henry 33:57 32:18 95 93
MrGrumpy 36:51 67:17 182 178
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 36:58 93 91
Gussie 40:45 29:37 72 70
Nangle 40:46 47:23 116 113
Paulypops 40:53 37:50 92 90
Pleasuredome 41:06 48:58 119 116
Archie 43:20 39:34 91 89
MrChumley mrchumley 45:16 39:23 87 85
MartinP martinp1 45:24 61:58 136 133
symbenall2 48:46 38:28 78 76
kjbr 51:15 62:24 121 118
jackk.larg 55:46 56:05 100 98

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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