Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27562

Date 16 January 2020
Number 27562
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 122
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 0
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27562

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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 06:04 99 81
Jason 07:07 14:04 197 161
verlaine verlaine 07:35 11:39 153 125
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 10:13 116 95
Midas 09:33 10:47 112 91
hilarym 09:36 12:27 129 105
richard 09:37 10:42 111 90
asaldanha 09:53 08:34 86 70
robertL 10:35 25:29 240 196
chindit 10:35 13:31 127 104
AlanS 11:02 12:41 114 93
tiggis 11:40 18:50 161 131
Tom Stubbs 12:45 19:00 149 122
lili 13:02 13:13 101 82
Spur58 13:16 18:05 136 111
andy 13:18 24:38 185 151
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 12:42 95 77
SimonAnthony 13:20 15:17 114 93
p.wild 13:28 15:12 112 91
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 13:00 94 77
Silva 13:44 16:30 120 98
fshephe 13:47 17:49 129 105
Sheapey 14:01 15:40 111 90
Stavros 14:55 18:55 126 103
mikegrocott 15:07 17:46 117 95
Big Mick 15:11 17:57 118 96
bigmack68 15:14 26:03 171 140
Tibthorpe 15:17 23:49 155 127
tunflog 15:26 18:55 122 100
HenryBW 15:39 30:29 194 159
Sue Sweeper 15:42 15:49 100 81
Malcj malcj 15:45 16:30 104 85
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 17:40 111 90
cyrillic 16:19 21:18 130 106
phthisis 16:31 22:30 136 111
KenG 16:40 18:19 109 89
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 23:29 136 111
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 18:24 106 86
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 23:57 132 108
robinh 18:22 20:40 112 91
Squallaby 18:38 30:31 163 133
fuzz 18:39 20:13 108 88
RobR robrolfe 18:50 24:38 130 106
tapbarker 19:05 26:43 140 114
Craven 19:06 22:26 117 95
Looch 20:07 21:46 108 88
LuckOfLucien 20:08 32:07 159 130
gbestanley 21:08 21:11 100 81
pterodactyl 21:24 30:44 143 117
poskir 21:28 20:03 93 76
barracuda 21:42 27:01 124 101
benedick 22:00 24:15 110 90
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 35:03 156 127
KET 22:48 28:12 123 100
Solver52 22:53 23:37 103 84
Pootle pootle73 22:58 30:32 132 108
flounderbout 23:47 19:32 82 67
brian.mcnamara 24:04 31:15 129 105
Zander 24:40 20:25 82 67
hugh.schofield 25:27 28:56 113 92
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 33:16 128 104
dec 26:06 25:13 96 78
tonym 26:30 31:18 118 96
GeorgeTz 26:43 30:39 114 93
zythum 27:06 37:07 136 111
Jagsfan1971 27:49 31:15 112 91
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 23:06 82 67
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 26:45 91 74
stainl665 31:44 35:59 113 92
bobbb 31:55 36:21 113 92
koro 33:20 28:19 84 68
Tudds 35:36 33:25 93 76
MrGrumpy 37:17 27:53 74 60
6098mr 41:05 34:09 83 68
Nangle 41:19 30:00 72 59
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 32:50 79 64

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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