Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27579

Date 05 February 2020
Number 27579
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 80
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 18
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27579

* Requires access to the Times Crossword Club

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
Eamon Ryan 06:27 08:18 128 160
Jason 07:06 04:15 59 73
mistigris 07:52 05:44 72 90
Midas 09:38 08:43 90 112
hilarym 09:51 09:23 95 118
Derek Harrison 10:46 07:35 70 87
AlanS 11:19 06:24 56 70
chriswords 11:35 10:17 88 110
lickert 11:58 07:26 62 77
Tom Stubbs 12:52 10:17 79 98
andy 12:57 08:47 67 83
Spur58 13:16 11:47 88 110
p.wild 13:19 10:59 82 102
neilr 13:24 10:52 81 101
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 08:55 65 81
Sheapey 13:46 06:04 44 55
fshephe 13:54 13:15 95 118
jim42078 13:55 12:59 93 116
Groucho 13:58 25:57 185 231
John Walsh 14:05 13:26 95 118
Stavros 14:34 10:40 73 91
Big Mick 15:18 16:17 106 132
Tibthorpe 15:20 17:28 113 141
margaretl 15:29 21:58 141 176
Malcj malcj 15:34 16:05 103 128
Sue Sweeper 15:38 08:19 53 66
KenG 16:04 07:48 48 60
cyrillic 16:19 11:24 69 86
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 15:36 86 107
LouWeed 18:13 17:11 94 117
robinh 18:15 14:07 77 96
Fatfinger 18:17 20:19 111 138
Golvellius 18:26 12:22 67 83
fuzz 18:39 14:05 75 93
Squallaby 18:49 10:54 57 71
MK76 18:50 17:46 94 117
RobR robrolfe 18:52 13:20 70 87
Craven 18:52 18:43 99 123
tapbarker 19:07 14:19 74 92
GMcD 19:19 15:52 82 102
rupe 19:20 12:22 63 78
annelambirth 19:37 14:01 71 88
kath 19:55 22:29 112 140
Looch 20:04 16:47 83 103
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 17:36 85 106
gbestanley 21:23 22:06 103 128
Hamish.S 21:24 16:43 78 97
poskir 21:28 20:01 93 116
andrewlake 21:29 11:09 51 63
barracuda 22:04 20:56 94 117
benedick 22:09 19:13 86 107
Pootle pootle73 22:10 09:18 41 51
colin2355 22:45 21:12 93 116
Solver52 22:53 18:47 82 102
george.garlick 23:41 24:10 102 127
flounderbout 23:47 18:26 77 96
brian.mcnamara 23:57 19:59 83 103
dec 25:05 23:48 94 117
goblin 25:18 28:25 112 140
hugh.schofield 25:24 26:39 104 130
pc8 26:05 32:50 125 156
Dzhigit 26:06 16:26 62 77
endafk 26:07 22:01 84 105
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 25:23 95 118
tonym 26:38 16:09 60 75
GeorgeTz 26:41 21:49 81 101
Chadwick 26:47 37:01 138 172
zythum 27:46 23:05 83 103
jdavidliddell 28:15 24:46 87 108
William M 28:27 28:12 99 123
Manveru 28:30 22:37 79 98
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 28:02 98 122
James P special_bitter 29:47 24:03 80 100
nekabue 30:18 31:00 102 127
alwsn8 30:42 24:37 80 100
HanS 31:48 25:49 81 101
Semillon 32:21 20:47 64 80
Agsurfer 32:38 28:01 85 106
koro 33:12 29:06 87 108
Jeeves 33:32 28:04 83 103
SwissWavey 34:17 26:05 76 95
FelicityTT 34:18 34:14 99 123
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 34:51 100 125
1234 35:55 25:11 70 87
Glyndwr 36:21 36:09 99 123
Archie 37:21 25:41 68 85
Paulypops 40:02 41:00 102 127
empty 40:40 36:17 89 111
Curarist curarist 40:43 22:57 56 70
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 22:04 53 66
Dandy 43:31 50:09 115 143
FrameShift 47:42 47:40 99 123
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 23:50 49 61
VictoriaW 47:45 52:45 110 137
kennethk 57:35 67:14 116 145

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.

Loading...
Loading...
Back