Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27526

Date 05 December 2019
Number 27526
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 82
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27526

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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 05:43 93 113
Jason 07:19 06:15 85 103
verlaine verlaine 07:39 04:26 57 69
mistigris 08:16 06:46 81 98
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 08:17 95 115
Midas 09:33 08:01 83 101
richard 09:35 08:13 85 103
hilarym 09:40 11:33 119 145
boulemiche 09:43 14:47 152 185
robertL 09:47 12:31 127 154
AlanS 09:58 12:33 125 152
chindit 10:29 09:01 86 104
chriswords 11:26 08:12 71 86
glheard glheard 11:49 09:28 80 97
tiggis 12:03 09:40 80 97
lickert 12:17 08:35 69 84
trux 12:22 10:10 82 100
Tom Stubbs 12:27 09:59 80 97
jimpen 13:06 09:34 73 89
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 05:47 42 51
noidea 13:43 09:04 66 80
p.wild 13:43 12:12 88 107
fshephe 13:53 15:00 108 131
SimonAnthony 14:02 15:15 108 131
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 12:43 90 109
neilr 14:06 13:09 93 113
Silva 14:09 10:46 76 92
Sheapey 14:20 09:17 64 78
aphasic 14:32 12:46 87 106
Groucho 14:35 15:29 106 129
Stavros 14:48 08:54 60 73
jim42078 14:51 09:14 62 75
Tibthorpe 14:57 15:36 104 126
thebarnets 15:10 11:28 75 91
bigmack68 15:14 18:25 120 146
HenryBW 15:37 10:31 67 81
Malcj malcj 15:39 15:46 100 121
Sue Sweeper 16:15 13:09 80 97
Spanna 16:31 14:16 86 104
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 18:27 111 135
phthisis 16:41 13:07 78 95
KenG 16:43 13:58 83 101
Golvellius 17:52 13:14 74 90
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 08:42 48 58
RobR robrolfe 17:57 18:42 104 126
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 16:17 88 107
robinh 18:19 15:26 84 102
fuzz 18:39 17:03 91 110
GMcD 18:53 15:39 82 100
LouWeed 18:54 12:47 67 81
chamelien 19:11 20:45 108 131
LuckOfLucien 19:11 17:09 89 108
Craven 19:19 17:47 92 112
tapbarker 19:24 13:08 67 81
Squallaby 19:27 13:29 69 84
PHC 19:47 12:57 65 79
KET 20:00 22:21 111 135
grape 20:04 13:57 69 84
annelambirth 20:15 18:49 92 112
kath 20:34 19:16 93 113
Looch 20:39 14:40 71 86
barracuda 21:16 17:32 82 100
jimwetzler 21:17 20:06 94 114
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 16:28 77 93
andrewlake 21:28 17:07 79 96
poskir 21:28 20:01 93 113
mcjwright 21:34 18:39 86 104
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 23:42 109 132
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 18:16 83 101
pterodactyl 22:00 16:33 75 91
sampson 22:07 22:13 100 121
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 18:30 83 101
benedick 22:18 16:22 73 89
Solver52 22:53 17:27 76 92
brian.mcnamara 23:06 17:07 74 90
Pootle pootle73 23:20 13:07 56 68
jaraab 23:24 15:37 66 80
hugh.schofield 24:02 15:46 65 79
george.garlick 24:04 17:18 71 86
frost 25:19 19:56 78 95
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 20:47 79 96
goblin 26:27 23:47 89 108
Chadwick 26:40 18:36 69 84
dec 26:43 21:04 78 95
timbo 26:48 30:12 112 136
GeorgeTz 27:06 19:11 70 85
diogenes 27:27 22:43 82 100
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 18:09 65 79
Manveru 28:11 26:33 94 114
endafk 28:29 27:34 96 117
Peter Sykes 28:40 25:16 88 107
jdavidliddell 29:03 26:44 92 112
alwsn8 29:29 24:03 81 98
James P special_bitter 30:33 26:54 88 107
nekabue 31:31 20:23 64 78
HanS 31:48 31:15 98 119
ulaca ulaca 32:40 31:10 95 115
JE59 33:26 23:25 70 85
Big Nug 33:27 33:39 100 121
Mkgnao 33:33 18:15 54 65
Jeeves 33:44 18:19 54 65
koro 33:55 23:05 68 82
SwissWavey 34:17 31:31 91 110
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 41:53 118 143
1234 36:37 25:30 69 84
Tudds 37:21 21:08 56 68
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 21:55 57 69
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 24:02 60 73
empty 40:40 40:00 98 119
Curarist curarist 40:43 47:07 115 140
Nangle 40:46 21:37 53 64
Paulypops 40:53 39:32 96 117
Maggot 41:59 35:32 84 102
Archie 43:20 27:50 64 78
MartinP martinp1 45:24 26:47 58 70
FrameShift 47:42 48:39 101 123
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 23:00 48 58
symbenall2 48:46 22:10 45 54
jackk.larg 55:46 50:35 90 109

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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