Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27530

Date 10 December 2019
Number 27530
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 130
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
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Times for the Times Link 27530

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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 05:59 97 74
Jason 07:19 13:42 187 143
verlaine verlaine 07:39 10:09 132 101
mistigris 08:16 09:21 113 86
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 09:24 107 82
Midas 09:33 12:59 135 103
hilarym 09:40 09:54 102 78
robertL 09:47 19:40 201 154
AlanS 09:58 16:24 164 126
asaldanha 10:10 15:49 155 119
chindit 10:29 15:55 151 116
chriswords 11:26 14:11 124 95
glheard glheard 11:49 17:46 150 115
tiggis 12:03 26:21 218 167
lickert 12:17 10:04 81 62
trux 12:22 23:11 187 143
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 19:35 144 110
p.wild 13:43 14:51 108 83
fshephe 13:53 18:28 133 102
SimonAnthony 14:02 15:46 112 86
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 16:50 119 91
neilr 14:06 21:08 149 114
Silva 14:09 21:26 151 116
Sheapey 14:20 15:06 105 80
mikegrocott 14:40 16:12 110 84
Stavros 14:48 22:02 148 113
thebarnets 15:10 23:37 155 119
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 20:25 129 99
cyrillic 15:53 15:55 100 76
phthisis 16:41 21:43 130 100
Golvellius 17:52 25:09 140 107
robinh 18:19 27:13 148 113
fuzz 18:39 28:27 152 116
GMcD 18:53 16:57 89 68
LouWeed 18:54 21:34 114 87
Craven 19:19 20:42 107 82
tapbarker 19:24 23:30 121 93
barracuda 21:16 26:15 123 94
poskir 21:28 56:48 264 203
andrewlake 21:28 28:16 131 100
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 26:31 122 93
gbestanley 22:14 24:23 109 83
benedick 22:18 28:58 129 99
Solver52 22:53 24:21 106 81
Pootle pootle73 23:20 32:39 139 106
colin2355 23:32 31:59 135 103
hugh.schofield 24:02 38:10 158 121
tonym 25:36 35:23 138 106
zythum 26:05 29:05 111 85
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 37:32 143 110
goblin 26:27 34:41 131 100
Mike Harper 26:33 41:19 155 119
Chadwick 26:40 25:32 95 73
William M 28:27 46:13 162 124
Peter Sykes 28:40 38:59 135 103
Major S 29:24 35:17 120 92
alwsn8 29:29 33:22 113 86
bobbb 31:22 42:30 135 103
HanS 31:48 40:39 127 97
Agsurfer 32:38 28:08 86 66
Semillon 32:42 68:38 209 160
Mkgnao 33:33 41:35 123 94
Jeeves 33:44 53:19 158 121
FelicityTT 33:47 42:56 127 97
koro 33:55 63:14 186 143
SwissWavey 34:17 61:02 178 136
Crippens1 34:54 64:51 185 142
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 51:04 144 110
maryht 36:34 108:34 296 227
1234 36:37 37:18 101 77
Tudds 37:21 34:56 93 71
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 43:35 114 87
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 23:25 59 45
empty 40:40 41:12 101 77
Curarist curarist 40:43 72:57 179 137
Gussie 40:45 36:51 90 69
Nangle 40:46 43:20 106 81
Pleasuredome 41:06 57:32 139 106
Maggot 41:59 71:16 169 130
Ronnie 44:20 61:02 137 105
SK42 44:33 66:35 149 114
MartinP martinp1 45:24 68:47 151 116
symbenall2 48:46 89:40 183 140
kjbr 51:15 105:07 205 157
jackk.larg 55:46 105:03 188 144

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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