Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27578

Date 04 February 2020
Number 27578
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 81
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27578

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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 06:00 04:50 80 98
Eamon Ryan 06:27 06:35 102 125
Jason 07:06 04:25 62 76
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:39 74 91
mistigris 07:52 07:55 100 123
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 06:04 69 85
Midas 09:38 07:25 76 93
asaldanha 09:43 15:30 159 196
chindit 10:30 08:40 82 101
Derek Harrison 10:46 08:57 83 102
robertL 11:12 11:32 102 125
AlanS 11:19 07:24 65 80
chriswords 11:35 08:48 75 92
tiggis 11:41 11:28 98 120
glheard glheard 11:55 09:51 82 101
lickert 11:58 08:10 68 83
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 09:49 76 93
Tom Stubbs 12:52 11:18 87 107
andy 12:57 14:58 115 141
jimpen 13:06 09:52 75 92
noidea 13:13 14:04 106 130
Spur58 13:16 10:23 78 96
p.wild 13:19 11:16 84 103
neilr 13:24 10:55 81 100
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 10:13 75 92
Silva 13:40 12:02 88 108
Sheapey 13:46 10:58 79 97
jim42078 13:55 10:31 75 92
Groucho 13:58 14:16 102 125
John Walsh 14:05 14:13 100 123
aphasic 14:15 13:34 95 117
Askival askival 14:24 08:58 62 76
Stavros 14:34 07:48 53 65
Tibthorpe 15:20 11:31 75 92
tunflog 15:26 16:11 104 128
margaretl 15:29 20:14 130 160
Malcj malcj 15:34 12:55 82 101
mikegrocott 15:36 16:15 104 128
Sue Sweeper 15:38 15:40 100 123
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 11:41 74 91
KenG 16:04 07:23 45 55
Spanna 16:23 12:32 76 93
phthisis 16:38 12:46 76 93
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 09:36 56 69
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 16:58 93 114
LouWeed 18:13 15:39 85 104
robinh 18:15 14:21 78 96
fuzz 18:39 15:03 80 98
Squallaby 18:49 14:15 75 92
RobR robrolfe 18:52 22:24 118 145
Craven 18:52 14:28 76 93
tapbarker 19:07 15:37 81 100
GMcD 19:19 19:29 100 123
rupe 19:20 15:51 81 100
annelambirth 19:37 14:56 76 93
Looch 20:04 15:47 78 96
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 15:57 78 96
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 19:08 92 113
gbestanley 21:23 28:21 132 162
barracuda 22:04 17:36 79 97
mcjwright 22:08 17:17 78 96
benedick 22:09 21:00 94 116
Pootle pootle73 22:10 13:14 59 72
John Arnold 22:29 17:34 78 96
sampson 22:39 20:25 90 111
colin2355 22:45 17:09 75 92
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 11:52 51 62
george.garlick 23:41 16:12 68 83
flounderbout 23:47 12:56 54 66
brian.mcnamara 23:57 24:20 101 124
jaraab 24:07 20:36 85 104
Zander 24:40 16:26 66 81
dec 25:05 21:21 85 104
goblin 25:18 16:35 65 80
endafk 26:07 23:32 90 111
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 34:48 131 161
tonym 26:38 26:15 98 120
Chadwick 26:47 22:41 84 103
zythum 27:46 25:53 93 114
William M 28:27 20:32 72 88
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 18:34 64 79
Jagsfan1971 28:43 21:44 75 92
Peter Sykes 28:49 23:01 79 97
James P special_bitter 29:47 21:09 71 87
NAPASAI napasai 30:02 20:54 69 85
Mkgnao 30:15 24:33 81 100
nekabue 30:18 33:10 109 134
alwsn8 30:42 23:56 77 95
HanS 31:48 29:41 93 114
ulaca ulaca 32:12 35:25 109 134
Semillon 32:21 25:55 80 98
Big Nug 32:37 34:57 107 132
Agsurfer 32:38 25:31 78 96
koro 33:12 32:07 96 118
Tudds 33:33 32:47 97 119
SwissWavey 34:17 31:44 92 113
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 34:30 98 120
empty 40:40 43:02 105 129
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 38:17 92 113
Dandy 43:31 30:13 69 85
Ronnie 44:05 40:22 91 112
Msimmo 46:03 33:05 71 87
symbenall2 46:34 46:25 99 122
FrameShift 47:42 45:37 95 117
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 45:41 95 117
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 88:58 179 220
Masha 49:35 33:42 67 82
kjbr 51:15 44:36 87 107
jackk.larg 55:46 26:22 47 58

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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