Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27561

Date 15 January 2020
Number 27561
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
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Times for the Times Link 27561

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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 07:24 121 118
Eamon Ryan 06:32 05:45 88 86
Jason 07:07 05:32 77 75
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 05:44 65 63
Midas 09:33 11:30 120 117
robertL 10:35 18:16 172 168
chindit 10:35 11:59 113 110
AlanS 11:02 15:20 138 135
chriswords 11:37 10:48 92 90
tiggis 11:40 18:17 156 152
thebarnets 11:55 03:23 28 27
glheard glheard 12:01 14:40 122 119
lickert 12:14 12:27 101 99
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:45 100 98
jimpen 13:06 14:12 108 105
noidea 13:18 15:55 119 116
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 19:29 146 143
SimonAnthony 13:20 20:23 152 149
p.wild 13:28 11:27 85 83
Silva 13:44 14:30 105 102
fshephe 13:47 13:56 101 99
neilr 13:57 12:27 89 87
Sheapey 14:01 14:08 100 98
aphasic 14:13 16:50 118 115
jim42078 14:51 15:58 107 104
Stavros 14:55 14:01 93 91
mikegrocott 15:07 18:03 119 116
Big Mick 15:11 15:36 102 100
Tibthorpe 15:17 12:27 81 79
tunflog 15:26 17:31 113 110
HenryBW 15:39 17:35 112 109
Sue Sweeper 15:42 10:04 64 62
Malcj malcj 15:45 15:38 99 97
cyrillic 16:19 20:40 126 123
KenG 16:40 19:18 115 112
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 19:49 115 112
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 18:48 108 105
oshinmark 17:23 18:53 108 105
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 14:33 80 78
robinh 18:22 22:41 123 120
Golvellius 18:24 24:09 131 128
LouWeed 18:24 13:49 75 73
Squallaby 18:38 22:25 120 117
fuzz 18:39 18:19 98 96
RobR robrolfe 18:50 24:34 130 127
tapbarker 19:05 17:23 91 89
annelambirth 19:58 23:12 116 113
LuckOfLucien 20:08 25:03 124 121
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 14:48 72 70
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 19:12 91 89
gbestanley 21:08 24:28 115 112
jimwetzler 21:17 29:48 140 137
Hamish.S 21:24 29:03 135 132
poskir 21:28 20:03 93 91
barracuda 21:42 27:00 124 121
benedick 22:00 29:16 133 130
mcjwright 22:43 17:36 77 75
Solver52 22:53 18:57 82 80
Pootle pootle73 22:58 21:29 93 91
george.garlick 23:36 26:34 112 109
puzzled1 24:35 29:02 118 115
goblin 25:35 22:46 88 86
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 19:54 77 75
Bert Dove 25:56 31:37 121 118
dec 26:06 24:40 94 92
Chadwick 26:29 39:01 147 144
tonym 26:30 19:37 74 72
fudgiebates 26:41 27:31 103 100
zythum 27:06 32:11 118 115
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 31:18 111 108
endafk 28:14 30:23 107 104
jdavidliddell 28:20 46:02 162 158
Manveru 28:38 52:01 181 177
James P special_bitter 30:12 39:40 131 128
nekabue 30:47 34:40 112 109
alwsn8 30:48 27:02 87 85
rosselliot 30:50 39:46 128 125
HanS 31:48 64:18 202 198
ulaca ulaca 32:36 55:41 170 166
Semillon 32:57 28:04 85 83
koro 33:20 37:44 113 110
Mkgnao 33:33 23:45 70 68
Big Nug 33:52 30:35 90 88
SwissWavey 34:17 29:17 85 83
FelicityTT 34:23 32:44 95 93
Jeeves 35:09 34:27 98 96
joss henry 35:32 42:47 120 117
Tudds 35:36 38:43 108 105
1234 35:58 36:06 100 98
Glyndwr 36:11 43:03 118 115
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 48:34 133 130
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 30:05 82 80
MrGrumpy 37:17 29:05 78 76
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 23:53 63 61
empty 40:40 44:29 109 106
Curarist curarist 40:43 84:16 206 201
SK42 41:15 44:28 107 104
Paulypops 41:19 42:58 103 100
Gussie 41:19 18:20 44 43
Pleasuredome 41:26 41:01 98 96
Archie 42:28 35:54 84 82
Dandy 43:31 54:48 125 122
vissa 43:57 40:33 92 90
MartinP martinp1 45:24 39:57 87 85
FrameShift 47:42 56:24 118 115
symbenall2 47:45 49:11 103 100
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 61:43 124 121
kjbr 51:15 41:31 81 79
andrewmr 53:54 41:03 76 74
jackk.larg 55:46 101:35 182 178
kennethk 57:35 61:12 106 103

A guide to the solver status

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 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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