Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27529

Date 09 December 2019
Number 27529
Day of week Monday
NITCH 63
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27529

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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 04:09 56 88
verlaine verlaine 07:39 04:54 64 101
mistigris 08:16 05:04 61 96
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 05:48 66 104
Midas 09:33 06:30 68 107
hilarym 09:40 04:42 48 76
boulemiche 09:43 08:43 89 141
asaldanha 10:10 04:51 47 74
chindit 10:29 05:45 54 85
chriswords 11:26 11:24 99 157
ChuckB 11:40 10:23 89 141
glheard glheard 11:49 08:28 71 112
lickert 12:17 07:07 57 90
Tom Stubbs 12:27 08:22 67 106
jimpen 13:06 11:09 85 134
Spur58 13:16 09:08 68 107
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 11:28 84 133
noidea 13:43 09:00 65 103
p.wild 13:43 09:23 68 107
fshephe 13:53 12:40 91 144
SimonAnthony 14:02 08:13 58 92
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 06:26 45 71
John Walsh 14:05 12:22 87 138
neilr 14:06 13:48 97 153
Silva 14:09 08:08 57 90
Sheapey 14:20 07:32 52 82
aphasic 14:32 07:16 50 79
mikegrocott 14:40 11:45 80 126
Tibthorpe 14:57 08:52 59 93
Big Mick 15:18 16:03 104 165
tunflog 15:26 13:20 86 136
HenryBW 15:37 11:07 71 112
Malcj malcj 15:39 10:59 70 111
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 12:13 77 122
cyrillic 15:53 10:36 66 104
Sue Sweeper 16:15 09:45 60 95
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 09:31 57 90
phthisis 16:41 13:10 78 123
KenG 16:43 10:53 65 103
Golvellius 17:52 11:56 66 104
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 10:52 60 95
RobR robrolfe 17:57 16:02 89 141
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 14:23 78 123
robinh 18:19 12:10 66 104
fuzz 18:39 21:58 117 185
rupe 18:47 22:15 118 187
GMcD 18:53 11:33 61 96
LouWeed 18:54 12:18 65 103
Craven 19:19 13:43 71 112
tapbarker 19:24 10:37 54 85
PHC 19:47 12:01 60 95
KET 20:00 23:01 115 182
grape 20:04 10:39 53 84
kath 20:34 17:58 87 138
Looch 20:39 16:12 78 123
barracuda 21:16 13:18 62 98
jimwetzler 21:17 11:07 52 82
Hamish.S 21:24 18:32 86 136
mcjwright 21:34 15:49 73 115
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 12:39 58 92
pterodactyl 22:00 14:47 67 106
sampson 22:07 17:59 81 128
gbestanley 22:14 17:08 77 122
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 15:40 70 111
benedick 22:18 14:20 64 101
Solver52 22:53 19:33 85 134
brian.mcnamara 23:06 18:29 80 126
puzzled1 23:07 15:04 65 103
jaraab 23:24 15:37 66 104
colin2355 23:32 13:23 56 88
george.garlick 24:04 19:20 80 126
frost 25:19 13:23 52 82
tonym 25:36 19:17 75 119
Bert Dove 25:56 19:14 74 117
goblin 26:27 13:43 51 80
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 31:54 120 190
Chadwick 26:40 19:13 72 114
dec 26:43 15:13 56 88
timbo 26:48 17:23 64 101
GeorgeTz 27:06 27:47 102 161
fudgiebates 27:10 18:06 66 104
diogenes 27:27 18:18 66 104
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 21:02 75 119
Manveru 28:11 26:18 93 147
William M 28:27 14:33 51 80
jdavidliddell 29:03 27:17 93 147
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 12:55 44 69
Jagsfan1971 29:16 17:31 59 93
alwsn8 29:29 17:22 58 92
James P special_bitter 30:33 24:33 80 126
nekabue 31:31 19:17 61 96
HanS 31:48 27:03 85 134
Agsurfer 32:38 27:01 82 130
ulaca ulaca 32:40 10:54 33 52
Semillon 32:42 19:35 59 93
Big Nug 33:27 18:54 56 88
Mkgnao 33:33 23:52 71 112
koro 33:55 16:27 48 76
joss henry 33:57 20:31 60 95
Glyndwr 34:27 24:05 69 109
Crippens1 34:54 26:11 75 119
maryht 36:34 28:55 79 125
1234 36:37 15:36 42 66
MrGrumpy 36:51 26:19 71 112
Tudds 37:21 15:56 42 66
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 23:21 61 96
empty 40:40 29:11 71 112
Curarist curarist 40:43 16:48 41 65
Paulypops 40:53 35:40 87 138
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 43:41 106 168
Dandy 43:31 39:29 90 142
MartinP martinp1 45:24 29:36 65 103
FrameShift 47:42 47:16 99 157
VictoriaW 47:45 51:28 107 169
symbenall2 48:46 26:54 55 87
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 30:09 60 95
Masha 49:35 25:17 50 79
andrewmr 50:55 24:54 48 76

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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