Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27572

Date 28 January 2020
Number 27572
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 94
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27572

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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 05:23 88 93
Eamon Ryan 06:32 05:20 81 86
Jason 07:07 06:53 96 102
verlaine verlaine 07:35 06:43 88 93
mistigris 08:00 05:43 71 75
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 08:52 100 106
Midas 09:33 08:42 91 96
hilarym 09:36 11:36 120 127
asaldanha 09:53 11:51 119 126
robertL 10:35 35:12 332 353
Derek Harrison 10:46 07:05 65 69
AlanS 11:02 10:12 92 97
chriswords 11:37 11:02 94 100
tiggis 11:40 12:21 105 111
glheard glheard 12:01 10:56 90 95
lickert 12:14 10:54 89 94
Tom Stubbs 12:45 11:36 90 95
Kinghedger 12:47 14:26 112 119
Spur58 13:16 15:16 115 122
andy 13:18 17:39 132 140
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 12:33 94 100
p.wild 13:28 13:19 98 104
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 11:24 83 88
Silva 13:44 14:20 104 110
neilr 13:57 11:12 80 85
Sheapey 14:01 12:13 87 92
aphasic 14:13 18:21 129 137
Groucho 14:22 13:23 93 98
Stavros 14:55 09:47 65 69
mikegrocott 15:07 16:54 111 118
Tibthorpe 15:17 12:48 83 88
tunflog 15:26 18:26 119 126
HenryBW 15:39 17:06 109 115
Sue Sweeper 15:42 14:48 94 100
Malcj malcj 15:45 15:38 99 105
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 23:35 149 158
cyrillic 16:19 12:51 78 82
Spanna 16:23 20:23 124 131
KenG 16:40 16:47 100 106
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 14:43 85 90
oshinmark 17:23 20:19 116 123
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 19:16 106 112
Golvellius 18:24 18:14 99 105
LouWeed 18:24 15:30 84 89
Squallaby 18:38 26:04 139 147
fuzz 18:39 24:16 130 138
RobR robrolfe 18:50 30:04 159 169
MK76 18:50 14:00 74 78
tapbarker 19:05 19:42 103 109
Craven 19:06 17:31 91 96
GMcD 19:27 17:20 89 94
Looch 20:07 23:13 115 122
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 25:16 123 130
jimwetzler 21:17 24:54 116 123
pterodactyl 21:24 28:24 132 140
poskir 21:28 20:07 93 98
barracuda 21:42 27:21 126 134
colin2355 22:27 15:17 68 72
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 32:23 142 151
KET 22:48 35:11 154 163
Solver52 22:53 29:41 129 137
Pootle pootle73 22:58 23:22 101 107
george.garlick 23:36 27:16 115 122
flounderbout 23:47 21:05 88 93
jaraab 24:02 20:02 83 88
brian.mcnamara 24:04 17:20 72 76
goblin 25:35 26:56 105 111
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 35:50 138 146
dec 26:06 17:20 66 70
timbo 26:12 29:29 112 119
Chadwick 26:29 23:43 89 94
fudgiebates 26:41 27:58 104 110
GeorgeTz 26:43 38:57 145 154
zythum 27:06 40:34 149 158
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 25:31 90 95
endafk 28:14 30:14 107 113
Peter Sykes 28:42 32:15 112 119
James P special_bitter 30:12 26:53 89 94
nekabue 30:47 34:54 113 120
alwsn8 30:48 49:55 162 172
rosselliot 30:50 33:29 108 114
HanS 31:48 25:53 81 86
ulaca ulaca 32:36 19:22 59 62
Semillon 32:57 19:44 59 62
koro 33:20 32:56 98 104
Mkgnao 33:33 31:01 92 97
Big Nug 33:52 30:34 90 95
SwissWavey 34:17 44:39 130 138
joss henry 35:32 38:26 108 114
Tudds 35:36 27:15 76 80
1234 35:58 50:43 141 150
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 23:27 64 68
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 28:29 78 82
maryht 36:34 26:04 71 75
MrGrumpy 37:17 24:18 65 69
empty 40:40 45:12 111 118
Curarist curarist 40:43 67:03 164 174
6098mr 41:05 42:39 103 109
SK42 41:15 39:03 94 100
Gussie 41:19 50:07 121 128
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 43:59 106 112
Dandy 43:31 52:42 121 128
Ronnie 44:34 42:28 95 101
MartinP martinp1 45:24 68:37 151 160
FrameShift 47:42 50:31 105 111
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 48:05 100 106
symbenall2 47:45 58:31 122 129
kjbr 51:15 87:18 170 180
jackk.larg 55:46 80:06 143 152
kennethk 57:35 54:43 95 101

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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