Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27545

Date 27 December 2019
Number 27545
Day of week Friday
NITCH 112
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
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Times for the Times Link 27545

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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
Eamon Ryan 06:52 06:11 90 80
Jason 07:19 05:38 76 67
verlaine verlaine 07:39 10:20 135 120
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 20:58 240 214
Midas 09:33 09:47 102 91
richard 09:35 11:03 115 102
hilarym 09:40 12:00 124 110
robertL 09:47 25:07 256 228
AlanS 09:58 12:41 127 113
asaldanha 10:10 08:44 85 75
chindit 10:29 13:03 124 110
glheard glheard 11:49 10:50 91 81
lickert 12:17 07:46 63 56
Tom Stubbs 12:27 18:40 149 133
lili 13:02 12:11 93 83
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 13:02 95 84
p.wild 13:43 15:39 114 101
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 11:35 82 73
John Walsh 14:05 14:20 101 90
neilr 14:06 13:40 96 85
Silva 14:09 16:31 116 103
Sheapey 14:20 17:18 120 107
andy 14:24 12:55 89 79
aphasic 14:32 13:49 95 84
Stavros 14:48 19:11 129 115
jim42078 14:51 15:20 103 91
Tibthorpe 14:57 26:07 174 155
thebarnets 15:10 15:17 100 89
Malcj malcj 15:39 15:50 101 90
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:40 105 93
cyrillic 15:53 19:27 122 108
Sue Sweeper 16:15 17:09 105 93
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 19:22 117 104
KenG 16:43 16:59 101 90
Golvellius 17:52 24:42 138 123
RobR robrolfe 17:57 33:54 188 167
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 15:07 82 73
fuzz 18:39 20:31 110 98
rupe 18:47 38:39 205 183
GMcD 18:53 20:23 107 95
LouWeed 18:54 18:12 96 85
Craven 19:19 21:55 113 100
tapbarker 19:24 19:08 98 87
Squallaby 19:27 21:34 110 98
PHC 19:47 39:30 199 177
KET 20:00 20:52 104 92
barracuda 21:16 26:46 125 111
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 17:49 83 74
Hamish.S 21:24 25:42 120 107
poskir 21:28 20:10 93 83
andrewlake 21:28 29:52 139 124
mcjwright 21:34 20:49 96 85
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 22:34 104 92
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 31:52 146 130
sampson 22:07 27:54 126 112
gbestanley 22:14 26:10 117 104
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 44:04 197 175
John Arnold 22:29 23:10 103 91
Solver52 22:53 21:52 95 84
brian.mcnamara 23:06 28:59 125 111
Pootle pootle73 23:20 20:00 85 75
jaraab 23:24 27:51 119 106
colin2355 23:32 20:03 85 75
george.garlick 24:04 35:19 146 130
tonym 25:36 29:37 115 102
zythum 26:05 34:20 131 116
goblin 26:27 26:03 98 87
Chadwick 26:40 23:00 86 76
GeorgeTz 27:06 30:39 113 100
William M 28:27 42:58 151 134
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 36:03 124 110
nekabue 31:31 39:11 124 110
HanS 31:48 35:09 110 98
Semillon 32:42 27:26 83 74
Big Nug 33:27 31:34 94 83
Mkgnao 33:33 33:24 99 88
stainl665 33:55 34:31 101 90
Crippens1 34:54 54:25 155 138
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 38:25 108 96
maryht 36:34 34:42 94 83
Tudds 37:21 31:19 83 74
SlumdogEngineer 39:40 29:00 73 65
empty 40:40 48:52 120 107
Nangle 40:46 59:00 144 128
Pleasuredome 41:06 57:29 139 124
Maggot 41:59 79:10 188 167
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 39:13 89 79
Ronnie 44:20 55:37 125 111
SK42 44:33 39:11 87 77
MartinP martinp1 45:24 58:14 128 114
FrameShift 47:42 59:29 124 110
Masha 49:35 90:24 182 162
andrewmr 50:55 76:34 150 133
kjbr 51:15 56:55 111 99
kennethk 57:35 71:00 123 109

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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