Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27543

Date 25 December 2019
Number 27543
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 115
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
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Times for the Times Link 27543

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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 07:23 100 86
verlaine verlaine 07:39 08:07 106 92
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 14:26 165 143
Midas 09:33 10:04 105 91
hilarym 09:40 10:14 105 91
robertL 09:47 11:35 118 102
AlanS 09:58 16:15 163 141
asaldanha 10:10 12:24 121 105
chindit 10:29 10:48 103 89
glheard glheard 11:49 15:31 131 113
lickert 12:17 09:00 73 63
Tom Stubbs 12:27 19:41 158 137
p.wild 13:43 14:38 106 92
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:12 93 80
neilr 14:06 13:03 92 80
andy 14:24 30:23 210 182
Groucho 14:35 16:55 116 100
Stavros 14:48 14:55 100 86
jim42078 14:51 16:13 109 94
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:24 104 90
cyrillic 15:53 22:22 140 121
Sue Sweeper 16:15 15:37 96 83
Spanna 16:31 17:32 106 92
KenG 16:43 32:12 192 166
Carol 17:36 15:17 86 74
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 24:08 134 116
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 20:19 111 96
JezWoolfrey 18:30 28:28 153 133
fuzz 18:39 24:22 130 113
rupe 18:47 32:57 175 152
GMcD 18:53 25:58 137 119
LouWeed 18:54 23:10 122 106
Craven 19:19 15:44 81 70
tapbarker 19:24 24:51 128 111
Squallaby 19:27 22:10 113 98
KET 20:00 44:33 222 193
grape 20:04 14:43 73 63
Looch 20:39 17:11 83 72
barracuda 21:16 23:32 110 95
Hamish.S 21:24 16:51 78 67
andrewlake 21:28 24:44 115 100
mcjwright 21:34 39:01 180 156
gbestanley 22:14 21:05 94 81
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 26:13 117 101
benedick 22:18 24:15 108 93
Zander 22:32 36:52 163 141
Solver52 22:53 29:14 127 110
Pootle pootle73 23:20 27:43 118 102
flounderbout 23:47 38:48 163 141
george.garlick 24:04 20:51 86 74
Speedcop2 24:22 39:51 163 141
tonym 25:36 34:28 134 116
zythum 26:05 21:10 81 70
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 30:30 116 100
goblin 26:27 26:08 98 85
GeorgeTz 27:06 32:04 118 102
fudgiebates 27:10 26:13 96 83
Peter Sykes 28:40 32:19 112 97
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 33:17 114 99
jdavidliddell 29:03 30:21 104 90
alwsn8 29:29 31:04 105 91
James P special_bitter 30:33 43:09 141 122
Paul H. Dear 30:55 69:09 223 193
nekabue 31:31 38:55 123 106
JoeyC 31:34 37:47 119 103
ulaca ulaca 32:40 32:06 98 85
Semillon 32:42 40:51 124 107
Big Nug 33:27 38:45 115 100
Mkgnao 33:33 29:02 86 74
Jeeves 33:44 44:26 131 113
koro 33:55 34:40 102 88
SwissWavey 34:17 61:47 180 156
Glyndwr 34:27 52:29 152 132
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 21:26 60 52
1234 36:37 42:34 116 100
MrGrumpy 36:51 52:54 143 124
Tudds 37:21 83:59 224 194
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 44:20 116 100
empty 40:40 48:34 119 103
Gussie 40:45 42:43 104 90
Nangle 40:46 36:13 88 76
Archie 43:20 41:50 96 83
MartinP martinp1 45:24 58:05 127 110
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 37:43 79 68
FrameShift 47:42 69:18 145 126
Masha 49:35 62:09 125 108
andrewmr 50:55 63:20 124 107
kjbr 51:15 60:27 117 101
jackk.larg 55:46 65:45 117 101
kennethk 57:35 77:33 134 116

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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