Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27554

Date 07 January 2020
Number 27554
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 12
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27554

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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 06:05 05:39 92 90
Eamon Ryan 06:32 08:26 129 126
Jason 07:07 10:04 141 138
verlaine verlaine 07:35 09:53 130 127
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 12:37 143 140
Midas 09:33 10:07 105 102
hilarym 09:36 14:16 148 145
richard 09:37 11:23 118 115
asaldanha 09:53 08:58 90 88
chindit 10:35 11:35 109 106
AlanS 11:02 15:07 137 134
chriswords 11:37 10:17 88 86
tiggis 11:40 13:05 112 109
trux 12:12 09:16 75 73
lickert 12:14 11:01 90 88
Tom Stubbs 12:45 15:40 122 119
Kinghedger 12:47 13:09 102 100
Spur58 13:16 12:16 92 90
andy 13:18 15:21 115 112
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 08:58 67 65
SimonAnthony 13:20 08:29 63 61
p.wild 13:28 13:42 101 99
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 17:15 125 122
Silva 13:44 09:25 68 66
Sheapey 14:01 14:36 104 101
Groucho 14:22 13:35 94 92
Ben Staveley 14:45 20:29 138 135
jim42078 14:51 15:22 103 100
Stavros 14:55 17:38 118 115
Tibthorpe 15:17 16:55 110 107
tunflog 15:26 17:50 115 112
Sue Sweeper 15:42 15:59 101 99
Malcj malcj 15:45 24:07 153 150
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 17:11 108 105
cyrillic 16:19 10:52 66 64
KenG 16:40 14:03 84 82
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 27:31 160 156
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 20:47 120 117
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 18:44 103 100
robinh 18:22 17:37 95 93
Golvellius 18:24 31:38 171 167
LouWeed 18:24 18:40 101 99
Squallaby 18:38 18:03 96 94
fuzz 18:39 17:06 91 89
Craven 19:06 19:48 103 100
GMcD 19:27 34:34 177 173
kath 19:55 27:30 138 135
Looch 20:07 20:29 101 99
LuckOfLucien 20:08 17:03 84 82
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 19:11 94 92
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 20:41 98 96
andrewlake 21:39 26:04 120 117
barracuda 21:42 26:31 122 119
benedick 22:00 25:56 117 114
colin2355 22:27 36:46 163 159
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 32:38 143 140
John Arnold 22:50 20:50 91 89
Solver52 22:53 20:33 89 87
Pootle pootle73 22:58 22:20 97 95
george.garlick 23:36 34:33 146 143
flounderbout 23:47 16:00 67 65
Speedcop2 24:22 24:58 102 100
goblin 25:35 26:45 104 101
dec 26:06 30:58 118 115
timbo 26:12 33:41 128 125
Chadwick 26:29 27:12 102 100
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 37:31 141 138
GeorgeTz 26:43 32:53 123 120
zythum 27:06 25:35 94 92
Jagsfan1971 27:49 34:49 125 122
endafk 28:14 22:45 80 78
William M 28:27 30:27 107 104
Peter Sykes 28:42 29:42 103 100
James P special_bitter 30:12 40:47 135 132
nekabue 30:47 27:00 87 85
alwsn8 30:48 30:07 97 95
rosselliot 30:50 26:47 86 84
HanS 31:48 32:28 102 100
Semillon 32:57 29:36 89 87
Mkgnao 33:33 31:12 92 90
Big Nug 33:52 42:49 126 123
SwissWavey 34:17 25:55 75 73
Tudds 35:36 22:35 63 61
1234 35:58 41:13 114 111
Glyndwr 36:11 38:25 106 103
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 41:17 113 110
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 30:35 83 81
maryht 36:34 33:04 90 88
Crippens1 36:35 28:02 76 74
empty 40:40 40:04 98 96
6098mr 41:05 27:52 67 65
SK42 41:15 77:17 187 183
Gussie 41:19 46:50 113 110
Nangle 41:19 33:09 80 78
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 34:57 84 82
Dandy 43:31 48:18 110 107
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 45:20 103 100
MartinP martinp1 45:24 49:20 108 105
FrameShift 47:42 61:02 127 124
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 32:50 68 66
VictoriaW 47:45 52:12 109 106
Masha 49:35 53:10 107 104
kjbr 51:15 73:23 143 140
jackk.larg 55:46 49:50 89 87
kennethk 57:35 54:43 95 93

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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