Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27581

Date 07 February 2020
Number 27581
Day of week Friday
NITCH 103
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 17
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27581

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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 08:10 136 132
Eamon Ryan 06:27 06:43 104 100
Jason 07:06 07:52 110 106
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 11:31 131 127
Midas 09:38 09:15 96 93
asaldanha 09:43 08:24 86 83
hilarym 09:51 08:00 81 78
chindit 10:30 11:29 109 105
robertL 11:12 31:45 283 274
AlanS 11:19 09:12 81 78
glheard glheard 11:55 14:27 121 117
lickert 11:58 11:46 98 95
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 15:13 119 115
Kinghedger 12:47 13:51 108 104
Tom Stubbs 12:52 10:50 84 81
andy 12:57 15:20 118 114
SimonAnthony 13:12 20:13 153 148
p.wild 13:19 09:15 69 66
neilr 13:24 10:09 75 72
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 14:12 104 100
Silva 13:40 21:57 160 155
Sheapey 13:46 17:27 126 122
fshephe 13:54 12:39 91 88
Stavros 14:34 13:21 91 88
margaretl 15:29 23:30 151 146
Malcj malcj 15:34 14:02 90 87
Sue Sweeper 15:38 09:32 60 58
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 18:05 115 111
cyrillic 16:19 16:05 98 95
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 24:58 146 141
Viscomte 18:02 21:21 118 114
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 20:29 113 109
LouWeed 18:13 23:37 129 125
robinh 18:15 24:34 134 130
fuzz 18:39 16:06 86 83
Squallaby 18:49 28:11 149 144
MK76 18:50 25:17 134 130
RobR robrolfe 18:52 34:59 185 179
Craven 18:52 20:01 106 102
tapbarker 19:07 19:42 103 100
GMcD 19:19 20:11 104 100
Looch 20:04 17:42 88 85
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 19:57 97 94
pterodactyl 21:20 16:44 78 75
poskir 21:28 21:14 98 95
andrewlake 21:29 21:27 99 96
barracuda 22:04 25:42 116 112
mcjwright 22:08 20:59 94 91
benedick 22:09 17:48 80 77
John Arnold 22:29 24:31 109 105
colin2355 22:45 32:53 144 139
Solver52 22:53 25:44 112 108
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 35:08 153 148
dec 25:05 25:31 101 98
goblin 25:18 28:20 111 107
hugh.schofield 25:24 21:55 86 83
pc8 26:05 31:32 120 116
endafk 26:07 23:59 91 88
KET 26:33 31:30 118 114
tonym 26:38 23:48 89 86
Chadwick 26:47 19:58 74 71
zythum 27:46 25:16 90 87
jdavidliddell 28:15 25:46 91 88
William M 28:27 29:36 104 100
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 24:59 87 84
Mkgnao 30:15 38:11 126 122
nekabue 30:18 47:03 155 150
HanS 31:48 29:45 93 90
Semillon 32:21 28:15 87 84
koro 33:12 26:43 80 77
Tudds 33:33 27:00 80 77
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 18:35 54 52
SwissWavey 34:17 27:47 81 78
FelicityTT 34:18 27:52 81 78
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 27:09 77 74
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 51:11 146 141
maryht 36:34 29:12 79 76
SK42 40:19 34:18 85 82
empty 40:40 48:42 119 115
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 28:33 68 66
Nangle 41:51 69:28 165 160
Dandy 43:31 28:15 64 62
MartinP martinp1 45:24 24:56 54 52
Msimmo 46:03 68:15 148 143
FrameShift 47:42 46:40 97 94
VictoriaW 47:45 65:46 137 133
Masha 49:35 36:26 73 70
andrewmr 51:01 60:47 119 115
kjbr 51:15 47:12 92 89

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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