Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27533

Date 13 December 2019
Number 27533
Day of week Friday
NITCH 90
Count of ref solvers 72
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27533

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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 04:17 69 76
Eamon Ryan 06:52 06:17 91 101
Jason 07:19 05:11 70 77
verlaine verlaine 07:39 06:16 81 90
mistigris 08:16 07:23 89 98
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 09:46 112 124
Midas 09:33 08:59 94 104
hilarym 09:40 06:40 68 75
robertL 09:47 10:30 107 118
AlanS 09:58 12:19 123 136
asaldanha 10:10 09:42 95 105
chindit 10:29 12:40 120 133
chriswords 11:26 11:30 100 111
glheard glheard 11:49 08:44 73 81
Tom Stubbs 12:27 11:31 92 102
jimpen 13:06 10:51 82 91
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 08:51 65 72
p.wild 13:43 12:55 94 104
fshephe 13:53 10:24 74 82
SimonAnthony 14:02 07:42 54 60
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 07:59 56 62
neilr 14:06 10:06 71 78
Silva 14:09 09:17 65 72
Sheapey 14:20 13:28 93 103
Askival askival 14:24 18:37 129 143
aphasic 14:32 20:27 140 155
Groucho 14:35 13:48 94 104
mikegrocott 14:40 14:07 96 106
Ben Staveley 14:45 17:39 119 132
Stavros 14:48 09:02 61 67
Tibthorpe 14:57 12:52 86 95
thebarnets 15:10 02:46 18 20
HenryBW 15:37 15:30 99 110
Malcj malcj 15:39 16:45 107 118
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:54 107 118
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 14:18 86 95
phthisis 16:41 18:07 108 120
KenG 16:43 16:36 99 110
Carol 17:36 18:11 103 114
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 20:23 111 123
robinh 18:19 26:26 144 160
rupe 18:47 14:11 75 83
GMcD 18:53 14:26 76 84
LouWeed 18:54 23:14 122 135
Craven 19:19 19:18 99 110
KET 20:00 30:40 153 170
grape 20:04 14:50 73 81
Looch 20:39 18:58 91 101
barracuda 21:16 20:11 94 104
andrewlake 21:28 23:37 110 122
poskir 21:28 19:58 93 103
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 19:04 88 97
pterodactyl 22:00 25:37 116 128
sampson 22:07 22:17 100 111
gbestanley 22:14 23:11 104 115
Zander 22:32 14:12 63 70
Solver52 22:53 20:23 89 98
brian.mcnamara 23:06 30:17 131 145
jaraab 23:24 43:00 183 203
colin2355 23:32 15:30 65 72
Speedcop2 24:22 59:06 242 268
tonym 25:36 27:22 106 117
Bert Dove 25:56 31:17 120 133
zythum 26:05 30:22 116 128
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 23:01 87 96
goblin 26:27 15:51 59 65
Mike Harper 26:33 67:01 252 280
dec 26:43 23:49 89 98
GeorgeTz 27:06 24:05 88 97
fudgiebates 27:10 33:51 124 137
diogenes 27:27 34:08 124 137
Manveru 28:11 36:52 130 144
William M 28:27 25:32 89 98
Peter Sykes 28:40 27:53 97 107
James P special_bitter 30:33 29:23 96 106
nekabue 31:31 36:42 116 128
rosselliot 32:37 28:01 85 94
Agsurfer 32:38 19:36 60 66
ulaca ulaca 32:40 23:24 71 78
Semillon 32:42 28:01 85 94
Mkgnao 33:33 34:29 102 113
Jeeves 33:44 34:18 101 112
koro 33:55 29:05 85 94
Crippens1 34:54 41:59 120 133
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 26:46 75 83
maryht 36:34 43:02 117 130
1234 36:37 27:42 75 83
MrGrumpy 36:51 40:55 111 123
Tudds 37:21 34:32 92 102
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 44:33 117 130
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 20:40 52 57
empty 40:40 35:22 86 95
Pleasuredome 41:06 46:14 112 124
Maggot 41:59 50:41 120 133
oldblueeyes 44:56 37:13 82 91
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 49:50 104 115
symbenall2 48:46 54:25 111 123
kjbr 51:15 64:12 125 138

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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