Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27560

Date 14 January 2020
Number 27560
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 89
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27560

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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 04:54 80 89
Eamon Ryan 06:32 05:38 86 96
Jason 07:07 05:16 74 83
verlaine verlaine 07:35 05:46 76 85
mistigris 08:00 05:03 63 70
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 07:28 85 95
Midas 09:33 08:34 89 100
hilarym 09:36 12:33 130 146
richard 09:37 06:52 71 79
asaldanha 09:53 11:00 111 124
chriswords 11:37 13:50 119 133
tiggis 11:40 12:49 109 122
thebarnets 11:55 03:12 26 29
glheard glheard 12:01 09:58 82 92
lickert 12:14 11:14 91 102
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:21 96 107
lili 13:02 08:45 67 75
jimpen 13:06 09:30 72 80
Spur58 13:16 12:39 95 106
noidea 13:18 16:15 122 137
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 10:41 80 89
SimonAnthony 13:20 12:23 92 103
p.wild 13:28 12:27 92 103
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 22:01 160 179
Silva 13:44 18:19 133 149
fshephe 13:47 14:16 103 115
neilr 13:57 11:40 83 93
Sheapey 14:01 12:13 87 97
John Walsh 14:05 13:56 98 110
aphasic 14:13 12:21 86 96
Groucho 14:22 15:13 105 117
jim42078 14:51 14:58 100 112
Stavros 14:55 09:37 64 71
Tibthorpe 15:17 14:01 91 102
HenryBW 15:39 12:23 79 88
Malcj malcj 15:45 16:38 105 117
cyrillic 16:19 17:35 107 120
Spanna 16:23 19:18 117 131
phthisis 16:31 20:56 126 141
KenG 16:40 11:55 71 79
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 18:18 106 119
rrricharrrd 17:15 28:10 163 183
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 18:31 107 120
EdP 18:06 28:19 156 175
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 14:09 78 87
robinh 18:22 18:23 100 112
Golvellius 18:24 22:47 123 138
LouWeed 18:24 12:40 68 76
Squallaby 18:38 14:12 76 85
fuzz 18:39 21:39 116 130
MK76 18:50 10:09 53 59
RobR robrolfe 18:50 24:45 131 147
rupe 18:53 27:54 147 165
tapbarker 19:05 18:03 94 105
Craven 19:06 18:05 94 105
GMcD 19:27 19:14 98 110
grape 19:54 14:28 72 80
kath 19:55 20:23 102 114
annelambirth 19:58 16:50 84 94
Looch 20:07 26:34 132 148
LuckOfLucien 20:08 13:55 69 77
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 17:53 87 97
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 19:22 92 103
pterodactyl 21:24 26:20 123 138
poskir 21:28 20:09 93 104
taberdar 21:32 14:50 68 76
andrewlake 21:39 23:54 110 123
barracuda 21:42 19:39 90 101
benedick 22:00 16:18 74 83
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 17:20 77 86
mcjwright 22:43 15:23 67 75
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 20:09 88 98
sampson 22:49 21:56 96 107
Solver52 22:53 26:19 115 129
Pootle pootle73 22:58 16:16 70 78
brian.mcnamara 24:04 17:36 73 82
goblin 25:35 20:34 80 89
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 24:18 94 105
dec 26:06 21:53 83 93
timbo 26:12 33:04 126 141
Chadwick 26:29 22:24 84 94
tonym 26:30 21:32 81 91
fudgiebates 26:41 25:01 93 104
GeorgeTz 26:43 23:45 88 98
zythum 27:06 26:07 96 107
endafk 28:14 27:22 96 107
jdavidliddell 28:20 26:18 92 103
Manveru 28:38 26:38 93 104
Peter Sykes 28:42 24:53 86 96
James P special_bitter 30:12 24:31 81 91
nekabue 30:47 19:58 64 71
alwsn8 30:48 26:25 85 95
stainl665 31:44 28:01 88 98
HanS 31:48 31:23 98 110
ulaca ulaca 32:36 34:49 106 119
koro 33:20 24:59 74 83
JE59 33:26 27:36 82 92
Mkgnao 33:33 31:47 94 105
Big Nug 33:52 41:40 123 138
SwissWavey 34:17 31:14 91 102
FelicityTT 34:23 30:36 88 98
joss henry 35:32 29:56 84 94
Tudds 35:36 33:20 93 104
Glyndwr 36:11 37:54 104 116
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 29:02 80 89
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 24:06 66 74
maryht 36:34 29:03 79 88
empty 40:40 30:19 74 83
SK42 41:15 32:58 79 88
Paulypops 41:19 35:50 86 96
dannyduncs dannyduncs 43:54 40:08 91 102
Scottie 44:05 32:10 72 80
MartinP martinp1 45:24 45:37 100 112
FrameShift 47:42 50:45 106 119
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 34:43 72 80
symbenall2 47:45 29:33 61 68
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 43:28 87 97
Masha 49:35 36:16 73 82
kjbr 51:15 36:48 71 79
andrewmr 53:54 51:36 95 106
kennethk 57:35 49:23 85 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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