Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27556

Date 09 January 2020
Number 27556
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 98
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 24
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Times for the Times Link 27556

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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 07:21 120 122
Eamon Ryan 06:32 07:18 111 113
Jason 07:07 08:45 122 124
verlaine verlaine 07:35 07:09 94 95
mistigris 08:00 07:16 90 91
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 09:35 109 111
Midas 09:33 08:38 90 91
hilarym 09:36 11:53 123 125
richard 09:37 08:22 87 88
asaldanha 09:53 10:12 103 105
boulemiche 10:12 11:16 110 112
robertL 10:35 15:23 145 147
AlanS 11:02 12:23 112 114
ChuckB 11:40 14:25 123 125
lickert 12:14 10:20 84 85
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:30 98 100
andy 13:18 17:19 130 132
noidea 13:18 16:23 123 125
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 11:04 83 84
p.wild 13:28 14:29 107 109
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 11:40 85 86
Silva 13:44 12:50 93 94
fshephe 13:47 13:13 95 96
neilr 13:57 14:04 100 102
Sheapey 14:01 15:37 111 113
aphasic 14:13 13:16 93 94
Groucho 14:22 13:57 97 98
jim42078 14:51 16:17 109 111
Stavros 14:55 11:31 77 78
cyrillic 16:19 18:57 116 118
phthisis 16:31 17:05 103 105
KenG 16:40 13:08 78 79
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 15:08 88 89
rrricharrrd 17:15 41:28 240 244
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 20:08 111 113
robinh 18:22 17:50 97 98
Golvellius 18:24 19:16 104 106
LouWeed 18:24 17:29 95 96
fuzz 18:39 16:43 89 90
RobR robrolfe 18:50 16:13 86 87
tapbarker 19:05 19:36 102 104
Craven 19:06 18:09 95 96
GMcD 19:27 15:28 79 80
grape 19:54 16:05 80 81
LuckOfLucien 20:08 17:23 86 87
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 14:07 69 70
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 20:54 99 101
gbestanley 21:08 28:27 134 136
barracuda 21:42 18:13 83 84
benedick 22:00 18:42 85 86
sampson 22:49 25:56 113 115
brian.mcnamara 24:04 24:58 103 105
goblin 25:35 24:53 97 98
pc8 26:05 34:19 131 133
timbo 26:12 27:23 104 106
tonym 26:30 25:21 95 96
fudgiebates 26:41 48:04 180 183
GeorgeTz 26:43 30:21 113 115
zythum 27:06 29:58 110 112
Jagsfan1971 27:49 23:42 85 86
William M 28:27 30:22 106 108
Manveru 28:38 27:05 94 95
Peter Sykes 28:42 27:11 94 95
alwsn8 30:48 29:39 96 97
HanS 31:48 42:08 132 134
Semillon 32:57 21:50 66 67
koro 33:20 31:30 94 95
SwissWavey 34:17 26:37 77 78
FelicityTT 34:23 39:04 113 115
Tudds 35:36 18:37 52 53
1234 35:58 33:31 93 94
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 36:55 101 103
maryht 36:34 33:03 90 91
Crippens1 36:35 39:17 107 109
MrGrumpy 37:17 28:53 77 78
Gussie 41:19 61:21 148 151
Nangle 41:19 33:45 81 82
Archie 42:28 43:35 102 104
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 47:51 108 110
Ronnie 44:34 45:18 101 103
MartinP martinp1 45:24 48:17 106 108
FrameShift 47:42 54:25 114 116
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 45:50 96 97
jackk.larg 55:46 82:38 148 151
kennethk 57:35 54:35 94 95

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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