Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27571

Date 27 January 2020
Number 27571
Day of week Monday
NITCH 79
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 21
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27571

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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
Jason 07:07 06:14 87 110
verlaine verlaine 07:35 05:54 77 97
mistigris 08:00 05:58 74 93
hilarym 09:36 07:09 74 93
asaldanha 09:53 07:23 74 93
chindit 10:35 10:16 97 122
robertL 10:35 09:16 87 110
AlanS 11:02 07:30 67 84
chriswords 11:37 08:07 69 87
ChuckB 11:40 11:03 94 118
lickert 12:14 08:41 70 88
Tom Stubbs 12:45 11:44 92 116
Kinghedger 12:47 13:38 106 134
noidea 13:18 13:09 98 124
p.wild 13:28 13:58 103 130
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 11:01 80 101
Silva 13:44 14:46 107 135
neilr 13:57 11:02 79 100
Sheapey 14:01 08:56 63 79
Stavros 14:55 08:55 59 74
Tibthorpe 15:17 13:01 85 107
tunflog 15:26 13:09 85 107
margaretl 15:29 18:44 120 151
HenryBW 15:39 12:26 79 100
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 11:46 74 93
cyrillic 16:19 16:22 100 126
Spanna 16:23 16:07 98 124
KenG 16:40 11:41 70 88
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 12:21 71 89
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 17:03 94 118
robinh 18:22 13:03 71 89
Golvellius 18:24 11:55 64 81
fuzz 18:39 13:04 70 88
RobR robrolfe 18:50 14:00 74 93
MK76 18:50 14:03 74 93
Craven 19:06 15:11 79 100
GMcD 19:27 14:25 74 93
annelambirth 19:58 15:59 80 101
Looch 20:07 13:20 66 83
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 22:53 112 141
gbestanley 21:08 20:59 99 125
mcjwright 22:43 19:17 84 106
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 14:32 63 79
sampson 22:49 26:12 114 144
Solver52 22:53 22:55 100 126
Pootle pootle73 22:58 17:55 78 98
brian.mcnamara 24:04 26:26 109 137
goblin 25:35 25:53 101 127
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 20:59 81 102
dec 26:06 19:48 75 94
timbo 26:12 30:58 118 149
Chadwick 26:29 32:51 124 156
tonym 26:30 20:27 77 97
fudgiebates 26:41 22:08 82 103
GeorgeTz 26:43 35:12 131 165
zythum 27:06 15:45 58 73
endafk 28:14 24:04 85 107
Peter Sykes 28:42 25:32 88 111
James P special_bitter 30:12 26:18 87 110
alwsn8 30:48 17:30 56 70
HanS 31:48 32:23 101 127
Paul H. Dear 32:16 30:01 93 117
ulaca ulaca 32:36 32:01 98 124
koro 33:20 24:17 72 91
Mkgnao 33:33 28:07 83 105
SwissWavey 34:17 22:20 65 82
FelicityTT 34:23 26:02 75 94
Tudds 35:36 19:48 55 69
1234 35:58 18:52 52 65
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 26:16 72 91
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 26:25 72 91
6098mr 41:05 34:18 83 105
SK42 41:15 28:46 69 87
Nangle 41:19 32:00 77 97
Paulypops 41:19 31:08 75 94
Ronnie 44:34 44:21 99 125
MartinP martinp1 45:24 52:49 116 146
Msimmo 46:03 100:10 217 274
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 16:44 33 41
Masha 49:35 52:21 105 132
kjbr 51:15 36:38 71 89

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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