Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27563

Date 17 January 2020
Number 27563
Day of week Friday
NITCH 134
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27563

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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 07:19 120 89
Eamon Ryan 06:32 09:18 142 105
Jason 07:07 12:01 168 125
verlaine verlaine 07:35 10:39 140 104
mistigris 08:00 11:01 137 102
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 10:46 122 91
Midas 09:33 12:49 134 100
asaldanha 09:53 19:04 192 143
chindit 10:35 12:52 121 90
AlanS 11:02 14:44 133 99
glheard glheard 12:01 12:24 103 76
lickert 12:14 15:39 127 94
Tom Stubbs 12:45 22:30 176 131
Kinghedger 12:47 15:23 120 89
lili 13:02 12:08 93 69
jimpen 13:06 10:39 81 60
andy 13:18 19:20 145 108
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 13:54 104 77
SimonAnthony 13:20 17:50 133 99
p.wild 13:28 15:05 112 83
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 22:20 163 121
fshephe 13:47 19:03 138 102
neilr 13:57 15:54 113 84
Stavros 14:55 12:19 82 61
mikegrocott 15:07 20:33 135 100
Tibthorpe 15:17 16:45 109 81
HenryBW 15:39 25:34 163 121
Malcj malcj 15:45 20:35 130 97
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 13:19 84 62
cyrillic 16:19 15:10 92 68
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 18:16 106 79
robinh 18:22 21:20 116 86
LouWeed 18:24 20:00 108 80
Squallaby 18:38 49:43 266 198
fuzz 18:39 22:44 121 90
RobR robrolfe 18:50 21:20 113 84
tapbarker 19:05 33:58 177 132
Craven 19:06 25:17 132 98
annelambirth 19:58 26:29 132 98
Looch 20:07 23:14 115 85
LuckOfLucien 20:08 28:56 143 106
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 36:58 181 135
pterodactyl 21:24 27:36 128 95
poskir 21:28 20:09 93 69
andrewlake 21:39 22:37 104 77
barracuda 21:42 24:10 111 82
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 31:10 138 102
mcjwright 22:43 29:48 131 97
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 34:05 149 111
Solver52 22:53 26:37 116 86
george.garlick 23:36 48:48 206 153
flounderbout 23:47 18:11 76 56
brian.mcnamara 24:04 34:16 142 105
Zander 24:40 24:49 100 74
hugh.schofield 25:27 25:55 101 75
goblin 25:35 24:34 96 71
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 36:11 140 104
dec 26:06 36:02 138 102
Chadwick 26:29 40:46 153 114
tonym 26:30 39:21 148 110
GeorgeTz 26:43 40:20 150 111
zythum 27:06 54:59 202 150
Peter Sykes 28:42 31:40 110 82
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 35:23 121 90
James P special_bitter 30:12 39:01 129 96
nekabue 30:47 62:40 203 151
alwsn8 30:48 40:09 130 97
HanS 31:48 73:20 230 171
ulaca ulaca 32:36 40:11 123 91
Semillon 32:57 77:00 233 173
koro 33:20 54:05 162 120
Mkgnao 33:33 40:56 122 91
Big Nug 33:52 33:46 99 73
SwissWavey 34:17 58:37 170 126
Tudds 35:36 63:21 177 132
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 40:08 110 82
maryht 36:34 39:44 108 80
empty 40:40 47:42 117 87
Curarist curarist 40:43 49:48 122 91
SK42 41:15 87:49 212 158
Nangle 41:19 62:58 152 113
Archie 42:28 49:49 117 87
MartinP martinp1 45:24 59:59 132 98
RaghuS 47:24 46:10 97 72
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 92:12 193 144
FrameShift 47:42 73:32 154 114
andrewmr 53:54 87:31 162 120

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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