Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27580

Date 06 February 2020
Number 27580
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 109
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 23
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27580

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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 05:05 84 77
Eamon Ryan 06:27 06:58 108 99
Jason 07:06 08:53 125 114
verlaine verlaine 07:36 09:32 125 114
mistigris 07:52 07:52 100 91
chindit 10:30 10:39 101 92
robertL 11:12 21:37 193 177
AlanS 11:19 10:38 93 85
Kinghedger 12:47 10:11 79 72
Tom Stubbs 12:52 13:29 104 95
andy 12:57 18:05 139 127
SimonAnthony 13:12 17:12 130 119
noidea 13:13 15:03 113 103
p.wild 13:19 13:00 97 88
neilr 13:24 13:50 103 94
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 15:04 110 100
Silva 13:40 24:23 178 163
Sheapey 13:46 12:09 88 80
fshephe 13:54 15:29 111 101
Groucho 13:58 21:41 155 142
Stavros 14:34 10:55 74 67
Tibthorpe 15:20 15:40 102 93
Malcj malcj 15:34 16:00 102 93
mikegrocott 15:36 22:15 142 130
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 18:30 117 107
cyrillic 16:19 16:56 103 94
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 22:06 122 111
LouWeed 18:13 24:48 136 124
robinh 18:15 19:44 108 99
fuzz 18:39 27:50 149 136
Squallaby 18:49 16:27 87 79
RobR robrolfe 18:52 21:26 113 103
GMcD 19:19 16:55 87 79
annelambirth 19:37 24:48 126 115
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 25:03 122 111
poskir 21:28 20:01 93 85
barracuda 22:04 23:30 106 97
mcjwright 22:08 22:51 103 94
colin2355 22:45 27:53 122 111
Solver52 22:53 23:38 103 94
flounderbout 23:47 31:28 132 121
dec 25:05 32:40 130 119
hugh.schofield 25:24 18:01 70 64
pc8 26:05 20:39 79 72
KET 26:33 32:22 121 111
tonym 26:38 26:24 99 90
GeorgeTz 26:41 29:54 112 102
Chadwick 26:47 30:14 112 102
zythum 27:46 19:12 69 63
William M 28:27 31:00 108 99
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 36:52 128 117
Peter Sykes 28:49 29:29 102 93
James P special_bitter 29:47 29:07 97 88
Mkgnao 30:15 27:00 89 81
nekabue 30:18 41:41 137 125
rosselliot 30:24 31:27 103 94
alwsn8 30:42 32:10 104 95
Semillon 32:21 55:47 172 157
stainl665 32:33 76:21 234 214
Agsurfer 32:38 26:28 81 74
koro 33:12 26:51 80 73
Jeeves 33:32 32:22 96 88
FelicityTT 34:18 34:20 100 91
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 29:54 85 77
1234 35:55 45:30 126 115
Glyndwr 36:21 37:52 104 95
Crippens1 36:27 23:35 64 58
maryht 36:34 29:35 80 73
Archie 37:21 47:20 126 115
SK42 40:19 38:42 95 87
empty 40:40 44:18 108 99
Maggot 41:59 58:17 138 126
vissa 43:57 93:56 213 195
Ronnie 44:05 37:20 84 77
MartinP martinp1 45:24 70:04 154 141
Msimmo 46:03 52:12 113 103
RaghuS 47:24 46:24 97 88
FrameShift 47:42 43:24 90 82
Shushannah 50:43 42:58 84 77
andrewmr 51:01 40:57 80 73
kjbr 51:15 61:28 119 109
jackk.larg 55:46 99:06 177 162

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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