Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27551

Date 03 January 2020
Number 27551
Day of week Friday
NITCH 119
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27551

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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 07:07 11:49 166 139
verlaine verlaine 07:35 07:06 93 78
mistigris 08:00 08:29 106 89
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 09:06 103 86
hilarym 09:36 09:49 102 85
asaldanha 09:53 12:34 127 106
robertL 10:35 17:55 169 142
chindit 10:35 12:06 114 95
AlanS 11:02 16:44 151 126
tiggis 11:40 15:45 135 113
glheard glheard 12:01 15:20 127 106
lickert 12:14 14:23 117 98
Tom Stubbs 12:45 16:40 130 109
Kinghedger 12:47 13:15 103 86
jimpen 13:06 14:35 111 93
andy 13:18 12:14 91 76
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 09:08 68 57
p.wild 13:28 16:28 122 102
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 17:14 125 105
Silva 13:44 13:31 98 82
fshephe 13:47 19:34 141 118
neilr 13:57 13:00 93 78
Sheapey 14:01 15:57 113 94
Groucho 14:22 19:06 132 110
Ben Staveley 14:45 13:44 93 78
Stavros 14:55 14:32 97 81
mikegrocott 15:07 19:30 128 107
tunflog 15:26 19:36 126 105
margaretl 15:29 17:52 115 96
Sue Sweeper 15:42 27:27 174 146
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 14:13 89 74
cyrillic 16:19 18:03 110 92
Spanna 16:23 15:06 92 77
KenG 16:40 34:51 209 175
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 19:02 110 92
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 22:15 128 107
EdP 18:06 23:41 130 109
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 25:25 140 117
robinh 18:22 21:34 117 98
LouWeed 18:24 26:42 145 121
Squallaby 18:38 33:54 181 152
fuzz 18:39 14:14 76 63
MK76 18:50 19:22 102 85
tapbarker 19:05 18:35 97 81
Craven 19:06 17:13 90 75
GMcD 19:27 23:45 122 102
Looch 20:07 31:34 156 131
poskir 21:28 20:08 93 78
barracuda 21:42 32:39 150 126
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 32:48 145 121
mcjwright 22:43 53:17 234 196
KET 22:48 45:38 200 168
Pootle pootle73 22:58 25:14 109 91
george.garlick 23:36 28:07 119 100
brian.mcnamara 24:04 33:03 137 115
puzzled1 24:35 04:43 19 15
Zander 24:40 33:23 135 113
frost 25:19 33:51 133 111
goblin 25:35 38:57 152 127
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 28:14 109 91
Chadwick 26:29 33:51 127 106
fudgiebates 26:41 28:35 107 89
GeorgeTz 26:43 31:32 118 99
zythum 27:06 26:14 96 80
Edprof 27:12 52:53 194 163
William M 28:27 24:00 84 70
alwsn8 30:48 40:11 130 109
rosselliot 30:50 45:08 146 122
HanS 31:48 37:43 118 99
ulaca ulaca 32:36 68:41 210 176
Semillon 32:57 50:24 152 127
koro 33:20 29:14 87 73
Big Nug 33:52 30:16 89 74
FelicityTT 34:23 41:53 121 101
Tudds 35:36 42:47 120 100
1234 35:58 50:25 140 117
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 41:20 114 95
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 48:59 134 112
orieltonhouse 36:34 80:11 219 184
Crippens1 36:35 41:16 112 94
empty 40:40 48:21 118 99
Curarist curarist 40:43 46:06 113 94
6098mr 41:05 37:51 92 77
SK42 41:15 45:49 111 93
Scottie 44:05 68:45 155 130
MartinP martinp1 45:24 61:29 135 113
RaghuS 47:24 61:17 129 108
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 28:39 60 50
VictoriaW 47:45 45:59 96 80
symbenall2 47:45 59:09 123 103
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 66:45 135 113
Masha 49:35 60:15 121 101
andrewmr 53:54 82:23 152 127
jackk.larg 55:46 101:09 181 152
kennethk 57:35 60:44 105 88

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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