Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27539

Date 20 December 2019
Number 27539
Day of week Friday
NITCH 85
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27539

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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 03:30 57 67
Jason 07:19 04:41 64 75
verlaine verlaine 07:39 08:34 111 130
mistigris 08:16 07:21 88 103
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 06:56 79 92
Midas 09:33 10:26 109 128
hilarym 09:40 07:06 73 85
boulemiche 09:43 10:46 110 129
robertL 09:47 09:27 96 112
AlanS 09:58 10:32 105 123
asaldanha 10:10 08:00 78 91
chindit 10:29 09:45 93 109
glheard glheard 11:49 12:07 102 120
tiggis 12:03 13:49 114 134
lickert 12:17 09:24 76 89
Kinghedger 12:47 09:18 72 84
lili 13:02 09:07 69 81
Spur58 13:16 12:42 95 111
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 07:42 56 65
noidea 13:43 11:35 84 98
p.wild 13:43 13:25 97 114
SimonAnthony 14:02 08:54 63 74
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:04 92 108
neilr 14:06 09:32 67 78
Silva 14:09 07:59 56 65
Sheapey 14:20 11:08 77 90
andy 14:24 16:04 111 130
aphasic 14:32 13:00 89 104
Groucho 14:35 13:43 94 110
jim42078 14:51 10:43 72 84
Big Mick 15:18 17:38 115 135
tunflog 15:26 16:18 105 123
margaretl 15:29 17:15 111 130
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:39 105 123
cyrillic 15:53 18:50 118 138
Sue Sweeper 16:15 15:51 97 114
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 18:14 110 129
phthisis 16:41 12:56 77 90
KenG 16:43 18:05 108 127
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 23:19 130 152
Fatfinger 18:17 15:33 85 100
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 21:52 119 140
robinh 18:19 11:54 64 75
fuzz 18:39 18:05 96 112
wwalker50 18:40 12:04 64 75
rupe 18:47 13:44 73 85
GMcD 18:53 18:50 99 116
LouWeed 18:54 16:48 88 103
LuckOfLucien 19:11 22:20 116 136
Craven 19:19 18:15 94 110
grape 20:04 14:40 73 85
annelambirth 20:15 23:07 114 134
Looch 20:39 20:05 97 114
andrewlake 21:28 21:59 102 120
poskir 21:28 20:04 93 109
taberdar 21:32 21:09 98 115
mcjwright 21:34 15:26 71 83
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 13:53 64 75
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 24:01 110 129
pterodactyl 22:00 13:10 59 69
gbestanley 22:14 23:11 104 122
John Arnold 22:29 17:23 77 90
Solver52 22:53 26:53 117 137
brian.mcnamara 23:06 16:08 69 81
Pootle pootle73 23:20 14:16 61 71
jaraab 23:24 18:51 80 94
colin2355 23:32 22:46 96 112
hugh.schofield 24:02 20:03 83 97
george.garlick 24:04 19:05 79 92
Speedcop2 24:22 06:18 25 29
tonym 25:36 24:28 95 111
Bert Dove 25:56 25:32 98 115
zythum 26:05 29:01 111 130
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 18:25 70 82
goblin 26:27 21:57 82 96
Chadwick 26:40 32:21 121 142
fudgiebates 27:10 19:42 72 84
diogenes 27:27 28:32 103 121
phmfantom phmfantom 27:53 19:49 71 83
Manveru 28:11 26:56 95 111
William M 28:27 23:43 83 97
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 24:26 84 98
jdavidliddell 29:03 20:14 69 81
James P special_bitter 30:33 22:45 74 87
nekabue 31:31 21:46 69 81
JoeyC 31:34 24:58 79 92
HanS 31:48 30:33 96 112
rosselliot 32:37 28:56 88 103
ulaca ulaca 32:40 24:40 75 88
JE59 33:26 43:02 128 150
Big Nug 33:27 25:17 75 88
Mkgnao 33:33 28:57 86 101
koro 33:55 27:52 82 96
Glyndwr 34:27 27:06 78 91
Crippens1 34:54 26:48 76 89
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 25:17 71 83
maryht 36:34 24:51 67 78
1234 36:37 23:08 63 74
Tudds 37:21 24:53 66 77
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 25:21 66 77
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 24:27 61 71
Curarist curarist 40:43 31:02 76 89
Gussie 40:45 35:36 87 102
Paulypops 40:53 45:00 110 129
vissa 43:57 73:12 166 195
SK42 44:33 31:23 70 82
MartinP martinp1 45:24 34:07 75 88
RaghuS 47:24 35:10 74 87
FrameShift 47:42 21:33 45 52
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 26:06 54 63
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 62:27 126 148
Shushannah 50:43 35:25 69 81
andrewmr 50:55 38:01 74 87
kjbr 51:15 29:12 56 65
jackk.larg 55:46 45:41 81 95
peebee1945 56:52 38:29 67 78

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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