Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27557

Date 10 January 2020
Number 27557
Day of week Friday
NITCH 93
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27557

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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 04:39 76 81
Eamon Ryan 06:32 04:58 76 81
Jason 07:07 06:24 89 95
mistigris 08:00 07:48 97 104
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 09:11 104 111
Midas 09:33 09:06 95 102
hilarym 09:36 10:40 111 119
asaldanha 09:53 13:37 137 147
robertL 10:35 10:00 94 101
chindit 10:35 17:30 165 177
chriswords 11:37 12:45 109 117
tiggis 11:40 08:10 70 75
Tom Stubbs 12:45 10:28 82 88
Kinghedger 12:47 12:05 94 101
noidea 13:18 15:42 118 126
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 13:16 99 106
SimonAnthony 13:20 15:33 116 124
p.wild 13:28 13:13 98 105
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 09:58 72 77
Silva 13:44 13:28 98 105
fshephe 13:47 16:03 116 124
neilr 13:57 11:49 84 90
Sheapey 14:01 15:28 110 118
jim42078 14:51 14:18 96 103
Stavros 14:55 13:07 87 93
Tibthorpe 15:17 14:23 94 101
tunflog 15:26 16:25 106 113
margaretl 15:29 17:43 114 122
Sue Sweeper 15:42 22:07 140 150
Malcj malcj 15:45 14:31 92 98
cyrillic 16:19 19:33 119 127
Spanna 16:23 13:58 85 91
phthisis 16:31 18:50 114 122
KenG 16:40 12:01 72 77
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 18:44 109 117
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 14:56 86 92
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 16:48 92 98
robinh 18:22 20:55 113 121
LouWeed 18:24 18:29 100 107
Squallaby 18:38 13:11 70 75
fuzz 18:39 20:04 107 115
wwalker50 18:40 14:35 78 83
RobR robrolfe 18:50 18:21 97 104
Craven 19:06 18:59 99 106
GMcD 19:27 17:28 89 95
grape 19:54 14:35 73 78
Looch 20:07 16:19 81 87
LuckOfLucien 20:08 23:51 118 126
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 20:38 101 108
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 18:33 88 94
gbestanley 21:08 22:01 104 111
Hamish.S 21:24 24:09 112 120
pterodactyl 21:24 15:29 72 77
poskir 21:28 27:02 125 134
andrewlake 21:39 16:13 74 79
barracuda 21:42 21:49 100 107
benedick 22:00 22:32 102 109
colin2355 22:27 32:56 146 156
mcjwright 22:43 24:10 106 113
KET 22:48 22:44 99 106
John Arnold 22:50 26:00 113 121
Solver52 22:53 19:46 86 92
george.garlick 23:36 22:12 94 101
flounderbout 23:47 21:10 88 94
brian.mcnamara 24:04 22:19 92 98
goblin 25:35 35:00 136 146
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 17:42 68 73
Bert Dove 25:56 32:53 126 135
dec 26:06 26:22 101 108
timbo 26:12 25:27 97 104
Chadwick 26:29 18:53 71 76
tonym 26:30 31:31 118 126
fudgiebates 26:41 17:07 64 68
GeorgeTz 26:43 31:04 116 124
zythum 27:06 22:45 83 89
Jagsfan1971 27:49 30:13 108 116
William M 28:27 28:33 100 107
Manveru 28:38 30:32 106 113
Peter Sykes 28:42 39:33 137 147
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 26:26 90 96
James P special_bitter 30:12 24:13 80 86
nekabue 30:47 25:18 82 88
alwsn8 30:48 19:33 63 67
JoeyC 31:34 47:45 151 162
stainl665 31:44 35:43 112 120
ulaca ulaca 32:36 34:06 104 111
koro 33:20 30:21 91 97
Mkgnao 33:33 35:16 105 112
Big Nug 33:52 21:33 63 67
SwissWavey 34:17 28:46 83 89
Jeeves 35:09 31:55 90 96
joss henry 35:32 29:19 82 88
Tudds 35:36 33:57 95 102
1234 35:58 45:06 125 134
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 23:00 63 67
orieltonhouse 36:34 97:10 265 284
Crippens1 36:35 29:12 79 84
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 81:55 217 233
empty 40:40 48:43 119 127
Curarist curarist 40:43 25:03 61 65
SK42 41:15 50:32 122 131
Gussie 41:19 45:04 109 117
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 44:36 107 115
Archie 42:28 37:29 88 94
vissa 43:57 37:05 84 90
FrameShift 47:42 58:19 122 131
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 32:11 67 72
symbenall2 47:45 36:01 75 80
kjbr 51:15 74:19 145 155
andrewmr 53:54 83:39 155 166
jackk.larg 55:46 58:41 105 112

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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