Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27547

Date 30 December 2019
Number 27547
Day of week Monday
NITCH 86
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27547

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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 05:55 96 111
Eamon Ryan 06:52 04:44 68 79
Jason 07:19 05:28 74 86
verlaine verlaine 07:39 08:11 106 123
Midas 09:33 08:41 90 104
hilarym 09:40 12:57 133 154
boulemiche 09:43 10:22 106 123
robertL 09:47 16:32 168 195
AlanS 09:58 09:37 96 111
asaldanha 10:10 19:20 190 220
chindit 10:29 07:08 68 79
glheard glheard 11:49 10:28 88 102
lickert 12:17 10:07 82 95
Tom Stubbs 12:27 10:56 87 101
lili 13:02 08:16 63 73
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 09:18 68 79
p.wild 13:43 11:41 85 98
fshephe 13:53 11:17 81 94
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 09:11 65 75
neilr 14:06 09:36 68 79
Silva 14:09 13:06 92 106
Sheapey 14:20 11:22 79 91
andy 14:24 10:08 70 81
aphasic 14:32 11:18 77 89
Groucho 14:35 10:22 71 82
Stavros 14:48 08:18 56 65
jim42078 14:51 12:12 82 95
Tibthorpe 14:57 10:54 72 83
tunflog 15:26 17:40 114 132
margaretl 15:29 20:43 133 154
Malcj malcj 15:39 09:23 59 68
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 12:47 81 94
cyrillic 15:53 16:51 106 123
Sue Sweeper 16:15 14:23 88 102
Spanna 16:31 17:11 104 120
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 16:09 97 112
KenG 16:43 16:50 100 116
rrricharrrd 17:15 17:36 102 118
Carol 17:36 12:37 71 82
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 18:04 100 116
RobR robrolfe 17:57 11:52 66 76
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 11:21 62 72
robinh 18:19 18:20 100 116
fuzz 18:39 16:07 86 100
LouWeed 18:54 20:22 107 124
Craven 19:19 17:34 90 104
tapbarker 19:24 20:07 103 119
Squallaby 19:27 15:31 79 91
KET 20:00 17:19 86 100
annelambirth 20:15 16:25 81 94
Looch 20:39 15:04 72 83
barracuda 21:16 17:14 81 94
Hamish.S 21:24 21:12 99 115
poskir 21:28 18:52 87 101
mcjwright 21:34 19:05 88 102
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 13:29 62 72
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 12:59 59 68
sampson 22:07 22:16 100 116
gbestanley 22:14 27:22 123 143
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 19:42 88 102
benedick 22:18 20:07 90 104
John Arnold 22:29 18:32 82 95
Zander 22:32 16:45 74 86
Solver52 22:53 19:43 86 100
brian.mcnamara 23:06 19:01 82 95
Pootle pootle73 23:20 20:44 88 102
jaraab 23:24 24:17 103 119
colin2355 23:32 23:21 99 115
george.garlick 24:04 22:27 93 108
zythum 26:05 22:45 87 101
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 20:06 76 88
goblin 26:27 24:19 91 105
Chadwick 26:40 21:15 79 91
GeorgeTz 27:06 26:39 98 113
fudgiebates 27:10 30:10 111 129
Edprof 27:12 24:41 90 104
William M 28:27 28:39 100 116
alwsn8 29:29 33:33 113 131
James P special_bitter 30:33 17:02 55 63
Paul H. Dear 30:55 24:38 79 91
nekabue 31:31 28:52 91 105
HanS 31:48 28:31 89 103
Semillon 32:42 35:58 109 126
Big Nug 33:27 19:44 58 67
Mkgnao 33:33 34:35 103 119
Jeeves 33:44 25:45 76 88
koro 33:55 34:04 100 116
SwissWavey 34:17 32:59 96 111
Crippens1 34:54 27:42 79 91
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 47:11 133 154
maryht 36:34 39:34 108 125
1234 36:37 33:23 91 105
Tudds 37:21 48:59 131 152
empty 40:40 32:04 78 90
Curarist curarist 40:43 41:20 101 117
Gussie 40:45 34:13 83 96
Nangle 40:46 40:08 98 113
Paulypops 40:53 33:23 81 94
Dandy 43:31 36:05 82 95
MartinP martinp1 45:24 51:30 113 131
FrameShift 47:42 40:52 85 98
symbenall2 48:46 32:07 65 75
Masha 49:35 44:59 90 104
kjbr 51:15 36:30 71 82

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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