Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27567

Date 22 January 2020
Number 27567
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27567

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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 06:43 110 119
Eamon Ryan 06:32 06:44 103 111
Jason 07:07 07:33 106 115
verlaine verlaine 07:35 08:13 108 117
mistigris 08:00 09:00 112 121
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 07:32 85 92
Midas 09:33 08:23 87 94
hilarym 09:36 11:02 114 123
richard 09:37 09:16 96 104
robertL 10:35 17:38 166 180
chindit 10:35 10:34 99 107
Derek Harrison 10:46 09:40 89 96
AlanS 11:02 08:41 78 84
ChuckB 11:40 16:24 140 152
tiggis 11:40 09:05 77 83
glheard glheard 12:01 10:28 87 94
lickert 12:14 10:19 84 91
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:30 98 106
jimpen 13:06 11:55 90 97
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 09:43 72 78
p.wild 13:28 14:17 106 115
Silva 13:44 16:29 120 130
fshephe 13:47 17:36 127 138
neilr 13:57 08:18 59 64
Sheapey 14:01 13:06 93 101
Stavros 14:55 15:24 103 111
Tibthorpe 15:17 11:07 72 78
tunflog 15:26 15:42 101 109
HenryBW 15:39 16:07 102 110
Sue Sweeper 15:42 12:50 81 88
Malcj malcj 15:45 18:00 114 123
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 22:20 141 153
cyrillic 16:19 16:09 98 106
Spanna 16:23 17:36 107 116
KenG 16:40 10:52 65 70
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 14:44 85 92
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 21:04 122 132
EdP 18:06 19:19 106 115
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 18:31 102 110
robinh 18:22 20:45 112 121
Golvellius 18:24 19:20 105 114
LouWeed 18:24 18:26 100 108
Squallaby 18:38 28:06 150 163
fuzz 18:39 12:31 67 72
RobR robrolfe 18:50 12:28 66 71
rupe 18:53 14:48 78 84
GMcD 19:27 18:27 94 102
grape 19:54 17:45 89 96
kath 19:55 31:22 157 170
annelambirth 19:58 19:20 96 104
Looch 20:07 22:32 112 121
LuckOfLucien 20:08 18:04 89 96
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 15:31 76 82
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 20:19 96 104
gbestanley 21:08 16:39 78 84
jimwetzler 21:17 17:29 82 89
poskir 21:28 25:27 118 128
andrewlake 21:39 22:47 105 114
X Solver 475 21:54 20:31 93 101
benedick 22:00 23:25 106 115
colin2355 22:27 25:05 111 120
mcjwright 22:43 25:14 111 120
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 22:27 98 106
sampson 22:49 20:42 90 97
Solver52 22:53 21:55 95 103
Pootle pootle73 22:58 17:10 74 80
flounderbout 23:47 20:55 87 94
brian.mcnamara 24:04 21:33 89 96
Speedcop2 24:22 06:36 27 29
hugh.schofield 25:27 26:18 103 111
goblin 25:35 19:31 76 82
dec 26:06 17:46 68 73
Chadwick 26:29 29:07 109 118
tonym 26:30 23:56 90 97
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 33:29 126 136
GeorgeTz 26:43 24:33 91 98
zythum 27:06 24:45 91 98
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 31:29 112 121
endafk 28:14 21:52 77 83
Manveru 28:38 28:41 100 108
James P special_bitter 30:12 26:49 88 95
nekabue 30:47 24:28 79 85
alwsn8 30:48 23:59 77 83
rosselliot 30:50 30:13 98 106
ulaca ulaca 32:36 20:59 64 69
Semillon 32:57 23:14 70 76
koro 33:20 31:11 93 101
JE59 33:26 39:49 119 129
Mkgnao 33:33 27:42 82 89
SwissWavey 34:17 33:22 97 105
joss henry 35:32 32:32 91 98
Tudds 35:36 15:56 44 47
Glyndwr 36:11 40:07 110 119
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 24:52 68 73
empty 40:40 41:34 102 110
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 51:15 123 133
Dandy 43:31 43:50 100 108
MartinP martinp1 45:24 54:12 119 129
FrameShift 47:42 62:25 130 141
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 29:46 62 67
VictoriaW 47:45 86:39 181 196
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 114:05 230 250
andrewmr 53:54 49:17 91 98

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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