Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27532

Date 12 December 2019
Number 27532
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 93
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27532

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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 05:10 84 90
verlaine verlaine 07:39 07:34 98 105
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 08:32 97 104
richard 09:35 08:50 92 98
hilarym 09:40 11:17 116 124
robertL 09:47 15:36 159 170
AlanS 09:58 09:17 93 100
asaldanha 10:10 06:35 64 68
chriswords 11:26 09:55 86 92
glheard glheard 11:49 17:22 146 156
tiggis 12:03 12:48 106 113
lickert 12:17 08:47 71 76
Tom Stubbs 12:27 15:15 122 131
jimpen 13:06 10:55 83 89
Spur58 13:16 14:45 111 119
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 16:16 119 127
noidea 13:43 16:23 119 127
p.wild 13:43 11:59 87 93
fshephe 13:53 13:40 98 105
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 08:23 59 63
John Walsh 14:05 14:40 104 111
neilr 14:06 19:45 140 150
Silva 14:09 09:09 64 68
Sheapey 14:20 14:20 100 107
Ben Staveley 14:45 12:32 84 90
Tibthorpe 14:57 10:03 67 72
HenryBW 15:37 18:09 116 124
Malcj malcj 15:39 12:05 77 82
cyrillic 15:53 13:55 87 93
Sue Sweeper 16:15 13:14 81 87
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 25:16 152 163
phthisis 16:41 16:55 101 108
KenG 16:43 15:34 93 100
rrricharrrd 17:15 58:41 340 365
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:00 106 113
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 16:46 91 97
fuzz 18:39 47:22 253 272
GMcD 18:53 18:48 99 106
LouWeed 18:54 14:50 78 83
Craven 19:19 17:19 89 95
Squallaby 19:27 17:00 87 93
PHC 19:47 29:12 147 158
KET 20:00 32:02 160 172
annelambirth 20:15 18:44 92 98
Looch 20:39 19:14 93 100
barracuda 21:16 19:54 93 100
poskir 21:28 16:16 75 80
andrewlake 21:28 15:40 72 77
mcjwright 21:34 19:52 92 98
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 12:51 59 63
pterodactyl 22:00 22:49 103 110
sampson 22:07 30:38 138 148
gbestanley 22:14 17:18 77 82
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 18:49 84 90
benedick 22:18 16:10 72 77
John Arnold 22:29 20:27 90 96
Solver52 22:53 26:48 117 125
brian.mcnamara 23:06 23:36 102 109
Pootle pootle73 23:20 21:09 90 96
colin2355 23:32 23:59 101 108
hugh.schofield 24:02 27:31 114 122
george.garlick 24:04 21:23 88 94
frost 25:19 30:27 120 129
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 22:01 83 89
goblin 26:27 30:00 113 121
Chadwick 26:40 40:41 152 163
GeorgeTz 27:06 24:50 91 97
fudgiebates 27:10 20:24 75 80
diogenes 27:27 18:47 68 73
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 31:50 114 122
William M 28:27 27:46 97 104
Peter Sykes 28:40 23:19 81 87
jdavidliddell 29:03 25:56 89 95
Major S 29:24 42:02 142 152
alwsn8 29:29 26:08 88 94
James P special_bitter 30:33 26:23 86 92
Paul H. Dear 30:55 26:59 87 93
HanS 31:48 27:14 85 91
rosselliot 32:37 30:24 93 100
Big Nug 33:27 32:24 96 103
Jeeves 33:44 31:17 92 98
FelicityTT 33:47 38:23 113 121
koro 33:55 29:12 86 92
SwissWavey 34:17 39:44 115 123
Crippens1 34:54 32:38 93 100
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 59:10 166 178
maryht 36:34 29:43 81 87
1234 36:37 32:33 88 94
Tudds 37:21 31:05 83 89
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 35:15 92 98
empty 40:40 36:59 90 96
Curarist curarist 40:43 45:19 111 119
Nangle 40:46 25:53 63 67
Paulypops 40:53 36:34 89 95
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 45:00 109 117
MartinP martinp1 45:24 36:42 80 86
FrameShift 47:42 54:59 115 123
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 51:52 108 116
VictoriaW 47:45 48:32 101 108
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 52:59 107 115
Masha 49:35 64:12 129 138
kjbr 51:15 63:42 124 133

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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