Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27569

Date 24 January 2020
Number 27569
Day of week Friday
NITCH 87
Count of ref solvers 57
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27569

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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 06:06 100 114
Eamon Ryan 06:32 06:24 97 111
Jason 07:07 07:29 105 120
verlaine verlaine 07:35 08:42 114 131
mistigris 08:00 07:41 96 110
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 09:02 102 117
Midas 09:33 08:49 92 105
hilarym 09:36 10:18 107 122
richard 09:37 10:25 108 124
asaldanha 09:53 12:15 123 141
robertL 10:35 09:31 89 102
chindit 10:35 07:21 69 79
AlanS 11:02 08:53 80 91
lickert 12:14 12:26 101 116
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:57 101 116
lili 13:02 09:53 75 86
jimpen 13:06 11:42 89 102
noidea 13:18 11:12 84 96
p.wild 13:28 12:17 91 104
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 11:51 86 98
Silva 13:44 12:40 92 105
fshephe 13:47 11:53 86 98
neilr 13:57 13:07 94 108
Sheapey 14:01 10:23 74 85
Groucho 14:22 20:29 142 163
jim42078 14:51 16:03 108 124
mikegrocott 15:07 14:54 98 112
Tibthorpe 15:17 14:35 95 109
margaretl 15:29 16:13 104 119
HenryBW 15:39 13:00 83 95
Sue Sweeper 15:42 12:33 79 90
Malcj malcj 15:45 15:14 96 110
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 16:25 103 118
cyrillic 16:19 12:18 75 86
Spanna 16:23 18:58 115 132
KenG 16:40 10:40 64 73
sotira (Sarah17) sotira 17:15 13:52 80 91
Viscomte 18:02 21:39 120 137
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 15:04 83 95
robinh 18:22 15:05 82 94
Golvellius 18:24 12:48 69 79
LouWeed 18:24 17:15 93 106
Squallaby 18:38 22:44 122 140
fuzz 18:39 19:59 107 122
wwalker50 18:40 08:50 47 54
RobR robrolfe 18:50 15:53 84 96
MK76 18:50 27:58 148 170
Craven 19:06 17:31 91 104
GMcD 19:27 18:07 93 106
annelambirth 19:58 17:52 89 102
Looch 20:07 14:56 74 85
LuckOfLucien 20:08 15:39 77 88
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 19:07 93 106
MichelinPoitiers 20:57 20:35 98 112
gbestanley 21:08 34:32 163 187
jimwetzler 21:17 19:56 93 106
pterodactyl 21:24 16:01 74 85
poskir 21:28 21:03 98 112
andrewlake 21:39 20:43 95 109
barracuda 21:42 29:23 135 155
X Solver 475 21:54 27:23 125 143
colin2355 22:27 35:13 156 179
mcjwright 22:43 14:46 65 74
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 23:17 102 117
sampson 22:49 19:03 83 95
John Arnold 22:50 25:34 111 127
Solver52 22:53 17:06 74 85
george.garlick 23:36 24:03 101 116
flounderbout 23:47 19:58 83 95
brian.mcnamara 24:04 20:45 86 98
puzzled1 24:35 28:35 116 133
goblin 25:35 19:15 75 86
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 16:42 64 73
dec 26:06 29:55 114 131
timbo 26:12 24:25 93 106
Chadwick 26:29 34:42 131 150
tonym 26:30 16:47 63 72
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 33:44 127 145
GeorgeTz 26:43 16:20 61 70
endafk 28:14 30:59 109 125
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 26:20 90 103
nekabue 30:47 24:50 80 91
alwsn8 30:48 28:16 91 104
HanS 31:48 38:53 122 140
bobbb 31:55 23:59 75 86
ulaca ulaca 32:36 27:15 83 95
koro 33:20 30:38 91 104
JE59 33:26 27:50 83 95
Mkgnao 33:33 28:07 83 95
Big Nug 33:52 29:02 85 97
SwissWavey 34:17 25:50 75 86
Tudds 35:36 22:52 64 73
1234 35:58 49:27 137 157
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 40:40 112 128
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 26:38 73 83
maryht 36:34 34:19 93 106
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 37:49 100 114
empty 40:40 38:11 93 106
Curarist curarist 40:43 35:42 87 100
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 31:47 76 87
Maggot 41:59 45:47 109 125
oldblueeyes 44:56 34:30 76 87
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 34:59 73 83
FrameShift 47:42 51:09 107 122
Masha 49:35 40:48 82 94
kjbr 51:15 50:39 98 112
andrewmr 53:54 37:42 69 79
kennethk 57:35 54:07 93 106

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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