Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27565

Date 20 January 2020
Number 27565
Day of week Monday
NITCH 70
Count of ref solvers 57
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27565

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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 04:34 75 107
Eamon Ryan 06:32 06:17 96 137
verlaine verlaine 07:35 06:40 87 124
mistigris 08:00 06:00 75 107
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 07:11 81 115
Midas 09:33 09:25 98 140
hilarym 09:36 08:51 92 131
richard 09:37 06:27 67 95
asaldanha 09:53 04:07 41 58
boulemiche 10:12 08:59 88 125
robertL 10:35 07:13 68 97
chindit 10:35 06:43 63 90
AlanS 11:02 10:19 93 132
ChuckB 11:40 10:46 92 131
tiggis 11:40 09:06 78 111
glheard glheard 12:01 09:44 80 114
lickert 12:14 09:59 81 115
Tom Stubbs 12:45 11:36 90 128
jimpen 13:06 09:49 74 105
noidea 13:18 10:48 81 115
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 10:17 77 110
p.wild 13:28 10:46 79 112
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 09:53 72 102
fshephe 13:47 11:55 86 122
neilr 13:57 10:53 78 111
Sheapey 14:01 12:48 91 130
John Walsh 14:05 16:55 120 171
Askival askival 14:24 09:18 64 91
jim42078 14:51 13:02 87 124
Stavros 14:55 09:54 66 94
Big Mick 15:11 13:52 91 130
Tibthorpe 15:17 11:14 73 104
tunflog 15:26 17:43 114 162
HenryBW 15:39 09:58 63 90
Sue Sweeper 15:42 11:23 72 102
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 15:28 97 138
cyrillic 16:19 12:35 77 110
Spanna 16:23 12:43 77 110
phthisis 16:31 15:20 92 131
KenG 16:40 15:40 94 134
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 11:04 64 91
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 09:39 55 78
rrricharrrd 17:15 18:29 107 152
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 10:14 56 80
robinh 18:22 16:55 92 131
Golvellius 18:24 11:54 64 91
LouWeed 18:24 11:27 62 88
Squallaby 18:38 12:15 65 92
RobR robrolfe 18:50 13:03 69 98
MK76 18:50 19:40 104 148
tapbarker 19:05 10:08 53 75
Craven 19:06 14:18 74 105
GMcD 19:27 09:20 47 67
kath 19:55 18:53 94 134
annelambirth 19:58 21:18 106 151
Looch 20:07 13:47 68 97
LuckOfLucien 20:08 15:07 75 107
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 18:06 88 125
gbestanley 21:08 25:12 119 170
jimwetzler 21:17 16:18 76 108
pterodactyl 21:24 19:30 91 130
poskir 21:28 19:04 88 125
barracuda 21:42 20:53 96 137
colin2355 22:27 20:25 90 128
mcjwright 22:43 10:05 44 62
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 15:29 68 97
sampson 22:49 22:42 99 141
John Arnold 22:50 19:12 84 120
Solver52 22:53 18:40 81 115
Pootle pootle73 22:58 11:10 48 68
george.garlick 23:36 14:13 60 85
brian.mcnamara 24:04 16:40 69 98
Speedcop2 24:22 06:58 28 40
hugh.schofield 25:27 16:06 63 90
goblin 25:35 17:47 69 98
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 20:18 78 111
Bert Dove 25:56 21:54 84 120
dec 26:06 23:23 89 127
tonym 26:30 26:20 99 141
GeorgeTz 26:43 21:37 80 114
zythum 27:06 21:50 80 114
endafk 28:14 13:50 48 68
William M 28:27 19:24 68 97
Manveru 28:38 21:44 75 107
Peter Sykes 28:42 20:31 71 101
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 24:13 83 118
James P special_bitter 30:12 13:18 44 62
nekabue 30:47 13:15 43 61
rosselliot 30:50 23:29 76 108
HanS 31:48 19:35 61 87
ulaca ulaca 32:36 21:33 66 94
koro 33:20 22:29 67 95
JE59 33:26 30:50 92 131
Mkgnao 33:33 32:33 97 138
Big Nug 33:52 21:49 64 91
SwissWavey 34:17 35:12 102 145
Tudds 35:36 16:33 46 65
1234 35:58 27:14 75 107
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 38:47 106 151
maryht 36:34 24:47 67 95
Crippens1 36:35 40:24 110 157
empty 40:40 33:37 82 117
Paulypops 41:19 36:39 88 125
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 20:52 50 71
Archie 42:28 31:05 73 104
Dandy 43:31 31:54 73 104
MartinP martinp1 45:24 28:18 62 88
FrameShift 47:42 39:08 82 117
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 31:13 65 92
symbenall2 47:45 28:39 60 85
Masha 49:35 25:27 51 72
kjbr 51:15 57:53 112 160
andrewmr 53:54 29:18 54 77
jackk.larg 55:46 40:51 73 104

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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