Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27548

Date 31 December 2019
Number 27548
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 95
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27548

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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 05:37 91 95
Eamon Ryan 06:52 06:56 100 105
Jason 07:19 06:55 94 98
verlaine verlaine 07:39 07:56 103 108
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 06:22 73 76
Midas 09:33 11:38 121 127
richard 09:35 08:05 84 88
boulemiche 09:43 12:27 128 134
robertL 09:47 10:09 103 108
AlanS 09:58 14:42 147 154
asaldanha 10:10 06:20 62 65
chindit 10:29 10:13 97 102
glheard glheard 11:49 10:04 85 89
lickert 12:17 14:14 115 121
Tom Stubbs 12:27 11:09 89 93
lili 13:02 06:53 52 54
jimpen 13:06 09:28 72 75
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 13:19 98 103
noidea 13:43 13:48 100 105
p.wild 13:43 14:38 106 111
fshephe 13:53 17:15 124 130
Topical Tim topicaltim 14:05 13:10 93 97
neilr 14:06 11:32 81 85
Silva 14:09 12:54 91 95
Sheapey 14:20 17:46 123 129
andy 14:24 13:00 90 94
aphasic 14:32 10:41 73 76
Groucho 14:35 14:17 97 102
Stavros 14:48 12:23 83 87
jim42078 14:51 11:26 76 80
Tibthorpe 14:57 11:21 75 78
Big Mick 15:18 16:39 108 113
tunflog 15:26 16:22 106 111
margaretl 15:29 16:10 104 109
Malcj malcj 15:39 12:47 81 85
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 16:15 103 108
cyrillic 15:53 15:08 95 100
Sue Sweeper 16:15 15:32 95 100
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 18:42 113 118
KenG 16:43 20:27 122 128
rrricharrrd 17:15 29:36 171 180
Carol 17:36 22:52 129 135
Golvellius 17:52 21:27 120 126
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 19:03 106 111
EdP 18:06 41:43 230 242
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 18:23 100 105
robinh 18:19 16:01 87 91
fuzz 18:39 16:05 86 90
GMcD 18:53 19:33 103 108
LouWeed 18:54 19:09 101 106
Craven 19:19 18:27 95 100
tapbarker 19:24 14:34 75 78
Squallaby 19:27 21:43 111 116
grape 20:04 29:44 148 155
kath 20:34 29:21 142 149
Looch 20:39 19:07 92 96
barracuda 21:16 19:14 90 94
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 23:45 111 116
Hamish.S 21:24 18:44 87 91
poskir 21:28 20:11 94 98
andrewlake 21:28 19:00 88 92
mcjwright 21:34 24:02 111 116
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 15:22 71 74
pterodactyl 22:00 17:44 80 84
sampson 22:07 22:06 99 104
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:17 22:13 99 104
benedick 22:18 19:38 88 92
John Arnold 22:29 23:11 103 108
Zander 22:32 21:51 96 101
Solver52 22:53 25:52 113 118
Pootle pootle73 23:20 16:02 68 71
jaraab 23:24 27:18 116 122
colin2355 23:32 21:07 89 93
george.garlick 24:04 27:06 112 117
tonym 25:36 31:10 121 127
zythum 26:05 25:04 96 101
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 22:20 85 89
goblin 26:27 19:21 73 76
Chadwick 26:40 26:22 98 103
fudgiebates 27:10 27:04 99 104
Edprof 27:12 24:06 88 92
William M 28:27 24:14 85 89
endafk 28:29 20:58 73 76
jdavidliddell 29:03 28:44 98 103
alwsn8 29:29 25:31 86 90
Paul H. Dear 30:55 29:53 96 101
HanS 31:48 34:45 109 114
rosselliot 32:37 29:05 89 93
ulaca ulaca 32:40 27:42 84 88
Semillon 32:42 21:27 65 68
Mkgnao 33:33 37:56 113 118
koro 33:55 36:27 107 112
SwissWavey 34:17 46:36 135 142
Glyndwr 34:27 45:55 133 140
Crippens1 34:54 35:18 101 106
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 28:53 81 85
maryht 36:34 32:19 88 92
1234 36:37 41:05 112 117
Tudds 37:21 17:39 47 49
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 29:26 77 81
empty 40:40 39:46 97 102
Curarist curarist 40:43 23:00 56 58
Nangle 40:46 54:52 134 141
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:06 43:34 106 111
Dandy 43:31 30:32 70 73
Ronnie 44:20 50:37 114 120
MartinP martinp1 45:24 59:59 132 138
RaghuS 47:24 42:43 90 94
FrameShift 47:42 48:45 102 107
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 44:09 92 96
symbenall2 48:46 32:15 66 69
Masha 49:35 48:58 98 103
jackk.larg 55:46 74:08 132 138

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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