Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27553

Date 06 January 2020
Number 27553
Day of week Monday
NITCH 67
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 15
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27553

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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 06:32 04:33 69 102
Jason 07:07 04:40 65 97
verlaine verlaine 07:35 06:29 85 126
mistigris 08:00 06:12 77 114
Midas 09:33 08:25 88 131
hilarym 09:36 05:49 60 89
boulemiche 10:12 07:15 71 105
chindit 10:35 06:42 63 94
AlanS 11:02 10:54 98 146
chriswords 11:37 08:48 75 111
ChuckB 11:40 09:30 81 120
glheard glheard 12:01 06:20 52 77
trux 12:12 09:15 75 111
lickert 12:14 07:33 61 91
Tom Stubbs 12:45 14:32 113 168
Kinghedger 12:47 10:50 84 125
jimpen 13:06 09:49 74 110
noidea 13:18 10:54 81 120
andy 13:18 10:15 77 114
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 06:56 52 77
SimonAnthony 13:20 12:04 90 134
p.wild 13:28 09:48 72 107
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 09:37 70 104
Silva 13:44 10:30 76 113
fshephe 13:47 13:47 100 149
Sheapey 14:01 10:39 75 111
John Walsh 14:05 12:00 85 126
Groucho 14:22 12:51 89 132
Ben Staveley 14:45 09:23 63 94
jim42078 14:51 08:12 55 82
Stavros 14:55 13:24 89 132
Tibthorpe 15:17 10:26 68 101
tunflog 15:26 16:52 109 162
Sue Sweeper 15:42 06:04 38 56
Malcj malcj 15:45 09:14 58 86
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 07:47 49 73
cyrillic 16:19 16:19 100 149
Spanna 16:23 13:07 80 119
phthisis 16:31 11:23 68 101
KenG 16:40 10:00 60 89
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 11:23 66 98
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 10:19 59 88
rrricharrrd 17:15 09:13 53 79
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 11:41 64 95
Golvellius 18:24 09:30 51 76
LouWeed 18:24 12:23 67 100
Squallaby 18:38 10:37 56 83
fuzz 18:39 12:34 67 100
wwalker50 18:40 10:51 58 86
MK76 18:50 11:16 59 88
RobR robrolfe 18:50 12:51 68 101
tapbarker 19:05 13:15 69 102
Craven 19:06 12:30 65 97
GMcD 19:27 11:59 61 91
grape 19:54 11:04 55 82
annelambirth 19:58 14:38 73 108
Looch 20:07 10:13 50 74
LuckOfLucien 20:08 11:09 55 82
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 13:34 66 98
gbestanley 21:08 18:53 89 132
pterodactyl 21:24 14:07 65 97
poskir 21:28 21:47 101 150
taberdar 21:32 26:07 121 180
barracuda 21:42 14:02 64 95
benedick 22:00 18:31 84 125
mcjwright 22:43 12:10 53 79
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 17:14 75 111
KET 22:48 18:13 79 117
sampson 22:49 23:00 100 149
John Arnold 22:50 21:16 93 138
Solver52 22:53 18:41 81 120
Pootle pootle73 22:58 08:42 37 55
george.garlick 23:36 19:27 82 122
flounderbout 23:47 10:35 44 65
brian.mcnamara 24:04 14:51 61 91
goblin 25:35 18:20 71 105
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 18:08 70 104
dec 26:06 20:01 76 113
timbo 26:12 16:45 63 94
Chadwick 26:29 19:48 74 110
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 27:08 102 152
fudgiebates 26:41 18:11 68 101
zythum 27:06 19:19 71 105
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 19:33 67 100
James P special_bitter 30:12 20:13 66 98
alwsn8 30:48 18:55 61 91
rosselliot 30:50 27:00 87 129
HanS 31:48 30:01 94 140
ulaca ulaca 32:36 12:53 39 58
Semillon 32:57 19:12 58 86
JE59 33:26 24:14 72 107
SwissWavey 34:17 21:06 61 91
Jeeves 35:09 17:43 50 74
joss henry 35:32 21:32 60 89
Tudds 35:36 12:34 35 52
1234 35:58 21:10 58 86
Glyndwr 36:11 30:00 82 122
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 17:39 48 71
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 19:10 52 77
orieltonhouse 36:34 49:12 134 200
empty 40:40 29:46 73 108
Gussie 41:19 21:45 52 77
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 42:58 103 153
Dandy 43:31 27:34 63 94
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 39:08 89 132
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 34:46 72 107
symbenall2 47:45 22:18 46 68
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 97:30 197 294
kennethk 57:35 58:51 102 152

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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