Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27549

Date 01 January 2020
Number 27549
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 119
Count of ref solvers 65
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
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Times for the Times Link 27549

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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 11:37 189 158
Eamon Ryan 06:52 12:32 182 152
Jason 07:19 11:31 157 131
verlaine verlaine 07:39 06:27 84 70
mistigris 08:16 11:40 141 118
aphis99 aphis99 08:43 15:02 172 144
Midas 09:33 16:37 173 145
richard 09:35 15:20 160 134
hilarym 09:40 12:55 133 111
robertL 09:47 17:48 181 152
AlanS 09:58 17:18 173 145
chindit 10:29 16:23 156 131
glheard glheard 11:49 14:10 119 100
lickert 12:17 09:47 79 66
Tom Stubbs 12:27 14:25 115 96
lili 13:02 12:17 94 78
keriothe_ keriothe 13:35 18:56 139 116
p.wild 13:43 13:35 99 83
fshephe 13:53 20:07 144 121
Silva 14:09 12:18 86 72
Sheapey 14:20 14:31 101 84
Askival askival 14:24 20:07 139 116
andy 14:24 16:37 115 96
aphasic 14:32 20:21 140 117
Groucho 14:35 15:53 108 90
Stavros 14:48 21:21 144 121
Tibthorpe 14:57 19:15 128 107
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:44 18:24 116 97
cyrillic 15:53 30:59 195 163
Sue Sweeper 16:15 14:17 87 73
David Crooks dcrooks 16:31 15:41 94 78
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:54 18:39 104 87
RobR robrolfe 17:57 27:46 154 129
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:18 24:53 135 113
fuzz 18:39 18:22 98 82
GMcD 18:53 26:50 142 119
LouWeed 18:54 20:02 105 88
Craven 19:19 20:37 106 89
tapbarker 19:24 19:07 98 82
Squallaby 19:27 19:17 99 83
Looch 20:39 26:24 127 106
barracuda 21:16 18:18 86 72
MichelinPoitiers 21:20 22:37 106 89
andrewlake 21:28 03:02 14 11
poskir 21:28 22:17 103 86
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 21:35 27:04 125 105
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 21:46 25:05 115 96
X Solver 475 21:54 42:34 194 163
gbestanley 22:14 22:23 100 84
Solver52 22:53 29:35 129 108
brian.mcnamara 23:06 26:45 115 96
Pootle pootle73 23:20 29:46 127 106
colin2355 23:32 19:23 82 68
george.garlick 24:04 26:57 111 93
zythum 26:05 34:06 130 109
rjcassidy rjcassidy 26:14 28:34 108 90
goblin 26:27 30:26 115 96
Chadwick 26:40 27:19 102 85
fudgiebates 27:10 25:26 93 78
Peter Sykes 28:40 20:50 72 60
NAPASAI napasai 29:03 56:46 195 163
jdavidliddell 29:03 46:11 158 132
alwsn8 29:29 39:24 133 111
iagmathewson 29:37 48:07 162 136
Clovis 29:38 26:59 91 76
Paul H. Dear 30:55 41:05 132 110
nekabue 31:31 29:17 92 77
JoeyC 31:34 29:08 92 77
ulaca ulaca 32:40 36:39 112 94
Semillon 32:42 42:08 128 107
Mkgnao 33:33 37:06 110 92
Jeeves 33:44 30:13 89 74
koro 33:55 47:23 139 116
Glyndwr 34:27 46:32 135 113
Crippens1 34:54 45:45 131 110
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 35:27 27:50 78 65
orieltonhouse 36:34 83:34 228 191
maryht 36:34 33:26 91 76
1234 36:37 43:07 117 98
Tudds 37:21 39:05 104 87
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 38:03 39:24 103 86
empty 40:40 43:54 107 89
Curarist curarist 40:43 36:58 90 75
Gussie 40:45 42:14 103 86
Nangle 40:46 48:27 118 99
Paulypops 40:53 44:23 108 90
Pleasuredome 41:06 46:12 112 94
Archie 43:20 43:09 99 83
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 44:18 100 84
MartinP martinp1 45:24 53:53 118 99
RaghuS 47:24 49:00 103 86
FrameShift 47:42 48:07 100 84
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 40:40 85 71
symbenall2 48:46 77:43 159 133
andrewmr 50:55 39:30 77 64

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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