Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27573

Date 29 January 2020
Number 27573
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 120
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27573

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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 03:43 61 50
Eamon Ryan 06:32 06:14 95 79
Jason 07:07 07:47 109 90
verlaine verlaine 07:35 05:06 67 55
mistigris 08:00 08:06 101 84
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 12:17 139 115
Midas 09:33 09:38 100 83
hilarym 09:36 15:11 158 131
asaldanha 09:53 11:57 120 100
chindit 10:35 09:22 88 73
Derek Harrison 10:46 08:35 79 65
AlanS 11:02 09:03 82 68
chriswords 11:37 10:54 93 77
glheard glheard 12:01 17:01 141 117
lickert 12:14 11:09 91 75
Tom Stubbs 12:45 12:00 94 78
Kinghedger 12:47 14:30 113 94
lili 13:02 09:11 70 58
jimpen 13:06 13:49 105 87
andy 13:18 17:30 131 109
noidea 13:18 18:31 139 115
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 10:43 80 66
p.wild 13:28 14:26 107 89
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 15:07 110 91
fshephe 13:47 16:09 117 97
neilr 13:57 13:35 97 80
Sheapey 14:01 13:23 95 79
mikegrocott 15:07 19:06 126 105
Tibthorpe 15:17 27:17 178 148
HenryBW 15:39 28:19 180 150
Sue Sweeper 15:42 16:08 102 85
Malcj malcj 15:45 14:39 93 77
cyrillic 16:19 20:06 123 102
KenG 16:40 13:41 82 68
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 28:04 163 135
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 21:58 121 100
robinh 18:22 25:11 137 114
Golvellius 18:24 35:30 192 160
LouWeed 18:24 20:20 110 91
fuzz 18:39 19:40 105 87
RobR robrolfe 18:50 30:36 162 135
tapbarker 19:05 25:18 132 110
Craven 19:06 27:41 144 120
GMcD 19:27 31:36 162 135
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 21:46 106 88
taberdar 21:32 10:12 47 39
andrewlake 21:39 39:27 182 151
barracuda 21:42 33:00 152 126
colin2355 22:27 35:35 158 131
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 35:37 158 131
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 26:44 117 97
KET 22:48 43:41 191 159
sampson 22:49 25:30 111 92
Solver52 22:53 41:12 180 150
Pootle pootle73 22:58 18:10 79 65
flounderbout 23:47 31:26 132 110
brian.mcnamara 24:04 30:23 126 105
Zander 24:40 28:43 116 96
goblin 25:35 36:34 142 118
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 29:55 115 95
dec 26:06 37:09 142 118
Chadwick 26:29 34:56 131 109
tonym 26:30 41:50 157 130
GeorgeTz 26:43 34:50 130 108
zythum 27:06 24:25 90 75
NAPASAI napasai 28:05 66:09 235 195
endafk 28:14 40:00 141 117
William M 28:27 35:03 123 102
Clovis 29:38 36:28 123 102
nekabue 30:47 49:19 160 133
alwsn8 30:48 51:33 167 139
HanS 31:48 16:15 51 42
Semillon 32:57 34:57 106 88
koro 33:20 47:39 142 118
Mkgnao 33:33 49:25 147 122
SwissWavey 34:17 54:11 158 131
joss henry 35:32 62:08 174 145
Tudds 35:36 62:24 175 145
1234 35:58 35:14 97 80
Glyndwr 36:11 42:03 116 96
empty 40:40 47:16 116 96
SK42 41:15 49:12 119 99
Nangle 41:19 52:32 127 105
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 57:26 138 115
Archie 42:28 42:19 99 82
FrameShift 47:42 64:03 134 111
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 52:49 110 91
Masha 49:35 64:29 130 108
andrewmr 53:54 96:02 178 148
kennethk 57:35 84:37 146 121

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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