Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27566

Date 21 January 2020
Number 27566
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 60
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27566

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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 04:07 67 111
Eamon Ryan 06:32 06:21 97 161
Jason 07:07 04:49 67 111
verlaine verlaine 07:35 04:17 56 93
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 04:03 46 76
Midas 09:33 06:33 68 113
hilarym 09:36 06:23 66 110
richard 09:37 07:42 80 133
asaldanha 09:53 04:12 42 70
boulemiche 10:12 07:47 76 126
robertL 10:35 07:58 75 125
chindit 10:35 07:21 69 115
AlanS 11:02 06:28 58 96
ChuckB 11:40 09:59 85 141
tiggis 11:40 06:38 56 93
lickert 12:14 07:56 64 106
Tom Stubbs 12:45 08:28 66 110
lili 13:02 07:03 54 90
jimpen 13:06 10:13 77 128
andy 13:18 07:29 56 93
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 05:00 37 61
SimonAnthony 13:20 07:07 53 88
p.wild 13:28 12:48 95 158
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 05:47 42 70
Silva 13:44 11:37 84 140
neilr 13:57 07:08 51 85
Sheapey 14:01 08:06 57 95
John Walsh 14:05 13:42 97 161
aphasic 14:13 10:53 76 126
jim42078 14:51 13:04 87 145
Big Mick 15:11 11:58 78 130
Tibthorpe 15:17 07:35 49 81
tunflog 15:26 16:08 104 173
HenryBW 15:39 07:30 47 78
Sue Sweeper 15:42 10:22 66 110
Malcj malcj 15:45 12:56 82 136
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 10:29 66 110
cyrillic 16:19 12:48 78 130
Spanna 16:23 12:28 76 126
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 11:48 68 113
oshinmark 17:23 13:15 76 126
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 14:42 81 135
robinh 18:22 11:52 64 106
Golvellius 18:24 13:25 72 120
LouWeed 18:24 13:57 75 125
Squallaby 18:38 10:55 58 96
fuzz 18:39 12:07 64 106
RobR robrolfe 18:50 12:09 64 106
rupe 18:53 10:56 57 95
tapbarker 19:05 09:20 48 80
Craven 19:06 12:32 65 108
GMcD 19:27 12:22 63 105
grape 19:54 14:14 71 118
kath 19:55 16:02 80 133
annelambirth 19:58 12:28 62 103
Looch 20:07 15:12 75 125
LuckOfLucien 20:08 10:54 54 90
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 10:27 51 85
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 17:49 85 141
gbestanley 21:08 19:36 92 153
jimwetzler 21:17 18:43 87 145
pterodactyl 21:24 12:43 59 98
poskir 21:28 19:48 92 153
andrewlake 21:39 16:15 75 125
barracuda 21:42 09:24 43 71
colin2355 22:27 14:14 63 105
mcjwright 22:43 17:14 75 125
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 15:02 66 110
sampson 22:49 16:57 74 123
John Arnold 22:50 10:25 45 75
Solver52 22:53 15:28 67 111
Pootle pootle73 22:58 10:35 46 76
george.garlick 23:36 16:51 71 118
flounderbout 23:47 15:41 65 108
jaraab 24:02 16:05 66 110
brian.mcnamara 24:04 13:28 55 91
Speedcop2 24:22 08:51 36 60
puzzled1 24:35 19:38 79 131
goblin 25:35 20:54 81 135
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 13:11 51 85
Bert Dove 25:56 21:36 83 138
dec 26:06 12:41 48 80
timbo 26:12 19:14 73 121
Chadwick 26:29 18:32 69 115
tonym 26:30 11:25 43 71
fudgiebates 26:41 13:22 50 83
endafk 28:14 24:33 86 143
jdavidliddell 28:20 14:51 52 86
William M 28:27 15:31 54 90
Manveru 28:38 12:25 43 71
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 17:37 60 100
James P special_bitter 30:12 16:34 54 90
nekabue 30:47 19:48 64 106
alwsn8 30:48 15:51 51 85
ulaca ulaca 32:36 16:06 49 81
koro 33:20 21:45 65 108
JE59 33:26 24:56 74 123
Big Nug 33:52 15:18 45 75
SwissWavey 34:17 20:11 58 96
FelicityTT 34:23 18:10 52 86
Jeeves 35:09 14:10 40 66
auntie noele 35:26 28:12 79 131
1234 35:58 17:55 49 81
Glyndwr 36:11 28:16 78 130
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 17:51 49 81
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 18:48 51 85
maryht 36:34 26:24 72 120
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 09:31 25 41
SK42 41:15 20:05 48 80
Paulypops 41:19 31:25 76 126
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 30:49 74 123
Maggot 41:59 24:35 58 96
Archie 42:28 14:47 34 56
Dandy 43:31 36:42 84 140
Ronnie 44:34 35:57 80 133
MartinP martinp1 45:24 28:50 63 105
FrameShift 47:42 33:05 69 115
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 27:50 58 96
andrewmr 53:54 21:42 40 66
jackk.larg 55:46 37:01 66 110
kennethk 57:35 33:03 57 95

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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