Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27527

Date 06 December 2019
Number 27527
Day of week Friday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27527

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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 07:03 114 118
Jason 07:19 07:53 107 111
verlaine verlaine 07:39 06:14 81 84
mistigris 08:16 09:50 118 122
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 11:11 128 133
Midas 09:33 13:49 144 150
richard 09:35 08:37 89 92
hilarym 09:40 09:37 99 103
boulemiche 09:43 12:29 128 133
robertL 09:47 12:22 126 131
AlanS 09:58 10:59 110 114
chindit 10:29 10:14 97 101
chriswords 11:26 12:03 105 109
glheard glheard 11:49 09:52 83 86
tiggis 12:03 15:12 126 131
lickert 12:17 11:50 96 100
Tom Stubbs 12:27 12:53 103 107
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:39 71 73
p.wild 13:43 14:04 102 106
fshephe 13:53 19:21 139 144
SimonAnthony 14:02 17:56 127 132
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:01 92 95
neilr 14:06 12:19 87 90
Silva 14:09 13:52 97 101
Sheapey 14:20 12:45 88 91
aphasic 14:32 14:05 96 100
mikegrocott 14:40 17:53 121 126
Ben Staveley 14:45 15:41 106 110
Stavros 14:48 15:39 105 109
jim42078 14:51 16:15 109 113
Tibthorpe 14:57 12:42 84 87
thebarnets 15:10 02:58 19 19
HenryBW 15:37 13:28 86 89
Malcj malcj 15:39 13:15 84 87
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 09:30 60 62
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 19:12 116 120
phthisis 16:41 15:39 93 96
KenG 16:43 16:38 99 103
Golvellius 17:52 16:23 91 94
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 14:28 80 83
RobR robrolfe 17:57 17:09 95 98
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 18:56 103 107
robinh 18:19 21:01 114 118
GMcD 18:53 22:40 120 125
LouWeed 18:54 14:53 78 81
LuckOfLucien 19:11 22:30 117 121
Craven 19:19 14:42 76 79
tapbarker 19:24 14:22 74 77
PHC 19:47 29:16 147 153
annelambirth 20:15 19:19 95 98
Looch 20:39 23:43 114 118
barracuda 21:16 23:18 109 113
poskir 21:28 19:59 93 96
andrewlake 21:28 17:59 83 86
mcjwright 21:34 25:48 119 123
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 19:07 88 91
gbestanley 22:14 22:58 103 107
benedick 22:18 28:42 128 133
Solver52 22:53 22:12 97 101
Anna Lancefield 23:05 18:13 78 81
brian.mcnamara 23:06 17:11 74 77
puzzled1 23:07 04:54 21 21
Pootle pootle73 23:20 30:37 131 136
colin2355 23:32 25:28 108 112
hugh.schofield 24:02 14:52 61 63
george.garlick 24:04 22:38 94 97
frost 25:19 29:56 118 122
tonym 25:36 36:09 141 146
Bert Dove 25:56 28:48 111 115
zythum 26:05 30:48 118 122
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 29:26 112 116
goblin 26:27 23:50 90 93
Mike Harper 26:33 35:45 134 139
Chadwick 26:40 28:53 108 112
dec 26:43 29:27 110 114
timbo 26:48 39:03 145 151
diogenes 27:27 37:33 136 141
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 25:05 89 92
William M 28:27 32:45 115 119
Peter Sykes 28:40 31:45 110 114
jdavidliddell 29:03 40:20 138 143
Major S 29:24 37:33 127 132
alwsn8 29:29 23:56 81 84
Clovis 29:38 108:04 364 379
James P special_bitter 30:33 29:15 95 98
bobbb 31:22 22:41 72 75
HanS 31:48 44:38 140 145
rosselliot 32:37 26:50 82 85
ulaca ulaca 32:40 25:02 76 79
Big Nug 33:27 27:57 83 86
Mkgnao 33:33 34:25 102 106
koro 33:55 25:25 74 77
stainl665 33:55 24:40 72 75
SwissWavey 34:17 26:32 77 80
Glyndwr 34:27 42:13 122 127
Crippens1 34:54 36:45 105 109
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 29:32 83 86
maryht 36:34 34:51 95 98
1234 36:37 39:48 108 112
Tudds 37:21 33:33 89 92
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 35:02 88 91
empty 40:40 26:22 64 66
Gussie 40:45 31:47 77 80
Nangle 40:46 30:38 75 78
Paulypops 40:53 38:54 95 98
Dandy 43:31 50:58 117 121
MartinP martinp1 45:24 46:29 102 106
FrameShift 47:42 63:03 132 137
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 39:29 82 85
symbenall2 48:46 42:05 86 89
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 44:58 90 93
Masha 49:35 46:17 93 96
kjbr 51:15 47:40 93 96

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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