Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27536

Date 17 December 2019
Number 27536
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 80
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27536

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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 05:00 68 85
verlaine verlaine 07:39 04:52 63 78
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 05:56 68 85
Midas 09:33 08:44 91 113
hilarym 09:40 07:48 80 100
boulemiche 09:43 12:32 128 160
robertL 09:47 10:06 103 128
AlanS 09:58 10:07 101 126
asaldanha 10:10 07:20 72 90
chindit 10:29 07:16 69 86
chriswords 11:26 11:44 102 127
glheard glheard 11:49 12:09 102 127
tiggis 12:03 09:30 78 97
lickert 12:17 13:07 106 132
trux 12:22 08:27 68 85
Tom Stubbs 12:27 12:27 100 125
jimpen 13:06 07:46 59 73
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 08:12 60 75
noidea 13:43 11:59 87 108
p.wild 13:43 13:23 97 121
fshephe 13:53 10:33 75 93
SimonAnthony 14:02 13:13 94 117
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 07:07 50 62
neilr 14:06 09:47 69 86
Silva 14:09 08:26 59 73
Sheapey 14:20 18:31 129 161
Ben Staveley 14:45 10:18 69 86
Stavros 14:48 16:26 111 138
jim42078 14:51 16:14 109 136
Tibthorpe 14:57 08:39 57 71
bigmack68 15:14 17:13 113 141
HenryBW 15:37 13:29 86 107
Malcj malcj 15:39 10:38 67 83
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 10:33 67 83
cyrillic 15:53 12:43 80 100
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 13:23 81 101
KenG 16:43 11:28 68 85
Golvellius 17:52 10:43 59 73
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:07 106 132
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 19:53 108 135
robinh 18:19 18:01 98 122
GMcD 18:53 14:15 75 93
LouWeed 18:54 13:32 71 88
LuckOfLucien 19:11 16:40 86 107
Craven 19:19 16:22 84 105
tapbarker 19:24 20:01 103 128
Squallaby 19:27 18:45 96 120
KET 20:00 16:53 84 105
annelambirth 20:15 15:59 78 97
Looch 20:39 15:26 74 92
barracuda 21:16 12:39 59 73
andrewlake 21:28 18:24 85 106
mcjwright 21:34 15:42 72 90
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 16:51 78 97
gbestanley 22:14 17:19 77 96
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 20:29 91 113
Solver52 22:53 18:18 79 98
brian.mcnamara 23:06 18:33 80 100
Pootle pootle73 23:20 18:35 79 98
jaraab 23:24 31:16 133 166
flounderbout 23:47 23:14 97 121
Speedcop2 24:22 20:20 83 103
tonym 25:36 20:48 81 101
Bert Dove 25:56 25:47 99 123
zythum 26:05 18:25 70 87
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 20:22 77 96
goblin 26:27 29:03 109 136
Chadwick 26:40 22:31 84 105
dec 26:43 30:29 114 142
GeorgeTz 27:06 20:42 76 95
fudgiebates 27:10 19:26 71 88
diogenes 27:27 22:57 83 103
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 27:14 97 121
Manveru 28:11 33:47 119 148
William M 28:27 16:26 57 71
jdavidliddell 29:03 31:29 108 135
alwsn8 29:29 38:01 128 160
bobbb 31:22 18:13 58 72
nekabue 31:31 33:22 105 131
HanS 31:48 33:36 105 131
ulaca ulaca 32:40 23:54 73 91
JE59 33:26 38:33 115 143
Mkgnao 33:33 21:13 63 78
Jeeves 33:44 26:10 77 96
FelicityTT 33:47 25:37 75 93
koro 33:55 33:56 100 125
stainl665 33:55 28:51 85 106
joss henry 33:57 27:00 79 98
SwissWavey 34:17 30:01 87 108
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 34:49 98 122
Tudds 37:21 19:52 53 66
empty 40:40 41:36 102 127
Curarist curarist 40:43 27:43 68 85
Gussie 40:45 34:55 85 106
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 43:20 105 131
Maggot 41:59 36:53 87 108
Archie 43:20 31:27 72 90
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 43:30 99 123
SK42 44:33 26:19 59 73
MartinP martinp1 45:24 34:59 77 96
FrameShift 47:42 69:13 145 181
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 59:30 124 155
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 53:06 107 133
Shushannah 50:43 51:12 100 125
kjbr 51:15 39:06 76 95
jackk.larg 55:46 76:56 137 171

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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