Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27531

Date 11 December 2019
Number 27531
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 84
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 20
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27531

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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 05:47 94 111
verlaine verlaine 07:39 04:18 56 66
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 05:11 59 70
Midas 09:33 08:46 91 108
richard 09:35 07:30 78 92
hilarym 09:40 08:08 84 100
robertL 09:47 11:27 117 139
AlanS 09:58 08:46 87 103
asaldanha 10:10 07:31 73 86
chriswords 11:26 10:50 94 111
glheard glheard 11:49 08:34 72 85
lickert 12:17 08:10 66 78
Tom Stubbs 12:27 09:48 78 92
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:55 73 86
fshephe 13:53 11:10 80 95
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 09:15 65 77
neilr 14:06 09:06 64 76
Silva 14:09 11:30 81 96
Sheapey 14:20 12:19 85 101
aphasic 14:32 11:30 79 94
mikegrocott 14:40 13:27 91 108
Stavros 14:48 10:39 71 84
jim42078 14:51 20:26 137 163
Tibthorpe 14:57 07:47 52 61
HenryBW 15:37 10:30 67 79
Malcj malcj 15:39 11:34 73 86
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 11:46 74 88
cyrillic 15:53 16:38 104 123
Sue Sweeper 16:15 14:04 86 102
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 17:33 106 126
phthisis 16:41 19:50 118 140
KenG 16:43 17:02 101 120
RobR robrolfe 17:57 17:35 97 115
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 17:54 97 115
robinh 18:19 13:03 71 84
rupe 18:47 15:04 80 95
GMcD 18:53 14:44 78 92
LouWeed 18:54 23:35 124 147
Craven 19:19 19:03 98 116
Squallaby 19:27 17:29 89 105
PHC 19:47 22:55 115 136
barracuda 21:16 24:28 115 136
Hamish.S 21:24 20:29 95 113
poskir 21:28 18:03 84 100
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 17:29 81 96
pterodactyl 22:00 21:51 99 117
sampson 22:07 18:46 84 100
gbestanley 22:14 22:01 99 117
benedick 22:18 25:03 112 133
John Arnold 22:29 24:09 107 127
Solver52 22:53 22:46 99 117
Anna Lancefield 23:05 15:59 69 82
puzzled1 23:07 26:01 112 133
colin2355 23:32 18:07 76 90
george.garlick 24:04 20:54 86 102
tonym 25:36 22:21 87 103
Bert Dove 25:56 28:09 108 128
zythum 26:05 24:12 92 109
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 21:04 80 95
goblin 26:27 18:35 70 83
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 65:58 248 295
Chadwick 26:40 37:25 140 166
dec 26:43 26:41 99 117
diogenes 27:27 18:47 68 80
Manveru 28:11 31:41 112 133
William M 28:27 27:12 95 113
Major S 29:24 34:48 118 140
alwsn8 29:29 41:57 142 169
Clovis 29:38 47:13 159 189
Paul H. Dear 30:55 33:46 109 129
bobbb 31:22 32:49 104 123
HanS 31:48 41:01 128 152
Agsurfer 32:38 22:29 68 80
Mkgnao 33:33 25:35 76 90
Jeeves 33:44 22:01 65 77
FelicityTT 33:47 26:53 79 94
Glyndwr 34:27 29:40 86 102
Crippens1 34:54 48:53 140 166
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 29:18 82 97
maryht 36:34 33:11 90 107
1234 36:37 39:05 106 126
MrGrumpy 36:51 37:25 101 120
Tudds 37:21 22:05 59 70
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 25:07 63 75
empty 40:40 33:39 82 97
Curarist curarist 40:43 41:08 101 120
Nangle 40:46 38:03 93 110
Paulypops 40:53 35:00 85 101
6098mr 41:05 30:00 73 86
Maggot 41:59 73:50 175 208
Archie 43:20 32:24 74 88
SK42 44:33 24:43 55 65
MrChumley mrchumley 45:16 47:09 104 123
MartinP martinp1 45:24 36:20 80 95
FrameShift 47:42 48:16 101 120
VictoriaW 47:45 58:41 122 145
Masha 49:35 41:11 83 98
andrewmr 50:55 36:03 70 83
kjbr 51:15 44:59 87 103

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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