Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27574

Date 30 January 2020
Number 27574
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 76
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27574

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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 05:11 85 111
Eamon Ryan 06:32 05:05 77 101
Jason 07:07 03:59 55 72
verlaine verlaine 07:35 06:37 87 114
mistigris 08:00 05:58 74 97
aphis99 aphis99 08:47 07:44 88 115
Midas 09:33 06:59 73 96
hilarym 09:36 08:47 91 119
asaldanha 09:53 05:58 60 78
boulemiche 10:12 08:02 78 102
chindit 10:35 09:17 87 114
robertL 10:35 08:15 77 101
AlanS 11:02 08:08 73 96
chriswords 11:37 13:02 112 147
ChuckB 11:40 11:13 96 126
lickert 12:14 08:13 67 88
Tom Stubbs 12:45 09:13 72 94
lili 13:02 07:02 53 69
andy 13:18 09:15 69 90
keriothe_ keriothe 13:19 12:13 91 119
p.wild 13:28 12:46 94 123
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:42 08:50 64 84
Silva 13:44 13:17 96 126
fshephe 13:47 09:54 71 93
neilr 13:57 09:08 65 85
Sheapey 14:01 15:31 110 144
aphasic 14:13 14:56 105 138
Askival askival 14:24 09:52 68 89
jim42078 14:51 11:57 80 105
Stavros 14:55 09:32 63 82
mikegrocott 15:07 16:11 107 140
Big Mick 15:11 12:15 80 105
Tibthorpe 15:17 12:09 79 103
tunflog 15:26 15:14 98 128
Sue Sweeper 15:42 16:01 102 134
Malcj malcj 15:45 10:01 63 82
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:48 15:18 96 126
cyrillic 16:19 10:54 66 86
Spanna 16:23 18:13 111 146
KenG 16:40 09:26 56 73
David Crooks dcrooks 17:11 11:34 67 88
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:07 14:33 80 105
robinh 18:22 23:19 126 165
LouWeed 18:24 14:23 78 102
Squallaby 18:38 12:46 68 89
fuzz 18:39 33:26 179 235
MK76 18:50 15:31 82 107
RobR robrolfe 18:50 18:12 96 126
tapbarker 19:05 12:49 67 88
Craven 19:06 16:47 87 114
GMcD 19:27 17:23 89 117
kath 19:55 15:55 79 103
annelambirth 19:58 17:52 89 117
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 18:42 91 119
gbestanley 21:08 24:49 117 153
pterodactyl 21:24 30:31 142 186
poskir 21:28 20:00 93 122
taberdar 21:32 13:36 63 82
barracuda 21:42 11:55 54 71
benedick 22:00 16:15 73 96
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:28 16:04 71 93
mcjwright 22:43 21:32 94 123
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:46 21:32 94 123
sampson 22:49 17:34 76 100
John Arnold 22:50 16:56 74 97
george.garlick 23:36 25:35 108 142
flounderbout 23:47 11:26 48 63
jaraab 24:02 19:36 81 106
brian.mcnamara 24:04 16:45 69 90
puzzled1 24:35 27:11 110 144
hugh.schofield 25:27 19:27 76 100
goblin 25:35 17:36 68 89
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:49 19:56 77 101
Bert Dove 25:56 21:02 81 106
pc8 26:05 20:25 78 102
dec 26:06 17:23 66 86
timbo 26:12 23:39 90 118
tonym 26:30 21:55 82 107
fudgiebates 26:41 23:36 88 115
endafk 28:14 21:38 76 100
jdavidliddell 28:20 20:12 71 93
Peter Sykes 28:42 26:57 93 122
phmfantom phmfantom 29:07 20:13 69 90
nekabue 30:47 22:09 71 93
alwsn8 30:48 19:36 63 82
HanS 31:48 29:26 92 121
ulaca ulaca 32:36 25:05 76 100
Semillon 32:57 15:53 48 63
koro 33:20 32:00 96 126
Mkgnao 33:33 33:37 100 131
SwissWavey 34:17 23:52 69 90
Tudds 35:36 22:12 62 81
1234 35:58 27:21 76 100
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 36:15 23:14 64 84
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 36:26 27:32 75 98
maryht 36:34 42:56 117 153
SlumdogEngineer 37:42 19:05 50 65
empty 40:40 37:46 92 121
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:26 36:21 87 114
Archie 42:28 21:34 50 65
Dandy 43:31 50:42 116 152
Ronnie 44:34 36:57 82 107
MartinP martinp1 45:24 44:03 97 127
FrameShift 47:42 53:09 111 146
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 24:51 52 68
symbenall2 47:45 32:13 67 88
Masha 49:35 32:56 66 86
andrewmr 53:54 47:52 88 115
jackk.larg 55:46 51:52 93 122

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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