Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27568

Date 23 January 2020
Number 27568
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27568

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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 07:03 115 125
Eamon Ryan 06:32 04:56 75 81
Jason 07:07 07:20 103 111
verlaine verlaine 07:35 07:00 92 100
mistigris 08:00 10:27 130 141
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 07:51 89 96
Midas 09:33 07:51 82 89
asaldanha 09:53 07:17 73 79
robertL 10:35 09:14 87 94
chindit 10:35 11:07 105 114
Derek Harrison 10:46 11:41 108 117
AlanS 11:02 09:10 83 90
tiggis 11:40 11:37 99 107
lickert 12:14 10:59 89 96
Tom Stubbs 12:45 18:12 142 154
lili 13:02 08:01 61 66
Spur58 13:16 12:32 94 102
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 09:57 74 80
p.wild 13:28 14:55 110 119
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 17:32 127 138
Silva 13:44 11:12 81 88
fshephe 13:47 13:41 99 107
neilr 13:57 14:42 105 114
Sheapey 14:01 13:08 93 101
aphasic 14:13 12:45 89 96
Groucho 14:22 14:26 100 108
Stavros 14:55 12:31 83 90
Tibthorpe 15:17 12:07 79 85
tunflog 15:26 17:00 110 119
margaretl 15:29 16:46 108 117
HenryBW 15:39 16:43 106 115
Sue Sweeper 15:42 16:28 104 113
Malcj malcj 15:45 14:50 94 102
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 13:16 83 90
cyrillic 16:19 17:49 109 118
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 14:26 79 85
robinh 18:22 15:07 82 89
Golvellius 18:24 15:44 85 92
LouWeed 18:24 17:21 94 102
Squallaby 18:38 17:07 91 98
fuzz 18:39 15:07 81 88
RobR robrolfe 18:50 16:55 89 96
MK76 18:50 20:47 110 119
tapbarker 19:05 16:47 87 94
Craven 19:06 16:17 85 92
GMcD 19:27 26:05 134 145
grape 19:54 13:57 70 76
kath 19:55 25:59 130 141
annelambirth 19:58 21:08 105 114
LuckOfLucien 20:08 23:37 117 127
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 23:10 113 122
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 17:42 84 91
gbestanley 21:08 27:54 132 143
pterodactyl 21:24 17:54 83 90
benedick 22:00 20:01 90 97
colin2355 22:27 14:32 64 69
mcjwright 22:43 23:39 104 113
sampson 22:49 23:31 103 111
John Arnold 22:50 20:13 88 95
Solver52 22:53 19:51 86 93
Pootle pootle73 22:58 17:46 77 83
george.garlick 23:36 15:02 63 68
flounderbout 23:47 21:41 91 98
jaraab 24:02 21:36 89 96
Speedcop2 24:22 19:48 81 88
puzzled1 24:35 28:53 117 127
Zander 24:40 16:11 65 70
hugh.schofield 25:27 19:44 77 83
goblin 25:35 30:10 117 127
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 27:02 104 113
Bert Dove 25:56 24:23 94 102
dec 26:06 22:28 86 93
Chadwick 26:29 37:37 142 154
tonym 26:30 20:38 77 83
zythum 27:06 27:34 101 109
Jagsfan1971 27:49 23:10 83 90
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 30:03 107 116
endafk 28:14 26:58 95 103
jdavidliddell 28:20 26:24 93 101
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 50:51 174 189
nekabue 30:47 31:59 103 111
alwsn8 30:48 33:29 108 117
rosselliot 30:50 18:53 61 66
HanS 31:48 21:51 68 73
Agsurfer 32:38 13:32 41 44
koro 33:20 41:41 125 135
JE59 33:26 34:19 102 110
Mkgnao 33:33 28:10 83 90
Big Nug 33:52 25:40 75 81
SwissWavey 34:17 35:06 102 110
Jeeves 35:09 30:01 85 92
Tudds 35:36 27:35 77 83
1234 35:58 37:01 102 110
Glyndwr 36:11 33:41 93 101
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 33:55 93 101
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 34:15 94 102
maryht 36:34 06:55 18 19
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 35:25 93 101
empty 40:40 42:58 105 114
Paulypops 41:19 31:31 76 82
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 31:46 76 82
Maggot 41:59 41:27 98 106
FrameShift 47:42 49:36 103 111
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 39:14 82 89
symbenall2 47:45 35:48 74 80
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 37:37 76 82
Masha 49:35 35:40 71 77
Shushannah 50:43 49:42 97 105
kjbr 51:15 72:59 142 154
andrewmr 53:54 56:50 105 114

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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