Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27555

Date 08 January 2020
Number 27555
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 14
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27555

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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 04:19 70 102
Eamon Ryan 06:32 05:05 77 113
Jason 07:07 04:03 56 82
verlaine verlaine 07:35 05:54 77 113
mistigris 08:00 05:35 69 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 06:41 76 111
Midas 09:33 07:32 78 114
hilarym 09:36 09:16 96 141
richard 09:37 06:38 68 100
robertL 10:35 15:42 148 217
chindit 10:35 06:16 59 86
AlanS 11:02 09:10 83 122
chriswords 11:37 10:06 86 126
ChuckB 11:40 10:32 90 132
thebarnets 11:55 03:13 26 38
lickert 12:14 09:23 76 111
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:40 99 145
noidea 13:18 10:31 79 116
SimonAnthony 13:20 09:09 68 100
p.wild 13:28 11:42 86 126
Silva 13:44 09:03 65 95
fshephe 13:47 10:30 76 111
neilr 13:57 10:46 77 113
Sheapey 14:01 06:23 45 66
aphasic 14:13 09:08 64 94
Groucho 14:22 08:58 62 91
Ben Staveley 14:45 09:36 65 95
bigmack68 15:14 10:25 68 100
Tibthorpe 15:17 08:16 54 79
tunflog 15:26 10:51 70 102
margaretl 15:29 22:04 142 208
Sue Sweeper 15:42 07:05 45 66
Malcj malcj 15:45 12:04 76 111
cyrillic 16:19 10:24 63 92
Spanna 16:23 13:05 79 116
phthisis 16:31 09:54 59 86
KenG 16:40 09:16 55 80
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 13:59 81 119
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 12:22 71 104
rrricharrrd 17:15 15:10 87 127
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 16:08 89 130
robinh 18:22 15:29 84 123
Golvellius 18:24 11:31 62 91
LouWeed 18:24 13:45 74 108
JezWoolfrey 18:30 14:26 78 114
Squallaby 18:38 16:11 86 126
fuzz 18:39 12:22 66 97
wwalker50 18:40 11:12 60 88
RobR robrolfe 18:50 10:47 57 83
tapbarker 19:05 11:11 58 85
Craven 19:06 14:52 77 113
GMcD 19:27 14:33 74 108
grape 19:54 14:25 72 105
LuckOfLucien 20:08 15:13 75 110
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 13:05 64 94
gbestanley 21:08 19:08 90 132
jimwetzler 21:17 15:28 72 105
pterodactyl 21:24 19:19 90 132
poskir 21:28 82:55 386 567
andrewlake 21:39 09:31 43 63
barracuda 21:42 18:54 87 127
colin2355 22:27 11:33 51 75
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 17:20 77 113
mcjwright 22:43 11:02 48 70
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 18:06 79 116
sampson 22:49 23:04 101 148
John Arnold 22:50 23:10 101 148
Solver52 22:53 15:56 69 101
Pootle pootle73 22:58 10:01 43 63
jaraab 24:02 17:41 73 107
goblin 25:35 17:05 66 97
pc8 26:05 14:55 57 83
dec 26:06 17:37 67 98
timbo 26:12 19:52 75 110
Chadwick 26:29 17:07 64 94
tonym 26:30 24:21 91 133
GeorgeTz 26:43 19:39 73 107
zythum 27:06 18:29 68 100
Jagsfan1971 27:49 17:55 64 94
endafk 28:14 14:29 51 75
jdavidliddell 28:20 22:49 80 117
Manveru 28:38 34:31 120 176
Peter Sykes 28:42 36:28 127 186
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 20:57 71 104
James P special_bitter 30:12 11:01 36 52
nekabue 30:47 24:46 80 117
alwsn8 30:48 22:29 72 105
HanS 31:48 25:16 79 116
ulaca ulaca 32:36 19:20 59 86
koro 33:20 22:22 67 98
JE59 33:26 36:55 110 161
Mkgnao 33:33 20:34 61 89
SwissWavey 34:17 26:15 76 111
Jeeves 35:09 16:19 46 67
Glyndwr 36:11 27:36 76 111
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 21:24 59 86
maryht 36:34 35:06 95 139
Crippens1 36:35 22:47 62 91
empty 40:40 35:30 87 127
SK42 41:15 43:50 106 155
Gussie 41:19 18:53 45 66
Paulypops 41:19 27:17 66 97
Pleasuredome 41:26 28:41 69 101
Maggot 41:59 20:45 49 72
Archie 42:28 28:14 66 97
Ronnie 44:34 28:29 63 92
MartinP martinp1 45:24 31:46 69 101
FrameShift 47:42 39:24 82 120
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 36:11 75 110
Masha 49:35 30:58 62 91
kjbr 51:15 31:39 61 89
andrewmr 53:54 17:55 33 48
kennethk 57:35 51:13 88 129

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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