Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27583

Date 10 February 2020
Number 27583
Day of week Monday
NITCH 77
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27583

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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 04:18 71 92
Jason 07:06 03:54 54 70
verlaine verlaine 07:36 04:49 63 81
Midas 09:38 08:09 84 109
richard 09:41 07:51 81 105
hilarym 09:51 07:17 73 94
boulemiche 10:05 10:18 102 132
chindit 10:30 09:19 88 114
robertL 11:12 20:50 186 241
AlanS 11:19 09:09 80 103
chriswords 11:35 08:32 73 94
lickert 11:58 08:34 71 92
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 10:01 78 101
Tom Stubbs 12:52 09:57 77 100
andy 12:57 09:28 73 94
jimpen 13:06 10:18 78 101
SimonAnthony 13:12 09:26 71 92
noidea 13:13 10:50 81 105
Spur58 13:16 12:55 97 125
p.wild 13:19 11:12 84 109
neilr 13:24 10:36 79 102
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 08:04 59 76
Silva 13:40 13:22 97 125
Sheapey 13:46 14:33 105 136
fshephe 13:54 10:52 78 101
jim42078 13:55 13:04 93 120
Groucho 13:58 11:51 84 109
John Walsh 14:05 15:39 111 144
Stavros 14:34 12:16 84 109
Big Mick 15:18 15:02 98 127
Malcj malcj 15:34 14:32 93 120
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 08:13 52 67
KenG 16:04 13:15 82 106
cyrillic 16:19 10:21 63 81
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 17:04 100 129
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 15:19 84 109
LouWeed 18:13 12:36 69 89
robinh 18:15 19:41 107 138
Golvellius 18:26 14:05 76 98
wwalker50 18:40 15:01 80 103
Squallaby 18:49 12:31 66 85
MK76 18:50 17:38 93 120
Craven 18:52 17:58 95 123
RobR robrolfe 18:52 17:52 94 122
tapbarker 19:07 12:10 63 81
GMcD 19:19 15:23 79 102
kath 19:55 21:13 106 137
Looch 20:04 18:55 94 122
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 09:54 48 62
pterodactyl 21:20 17:27 81 105
gbestanley 21:23 16:33 77 100
Hamish.S 21:24 14:10 66 85
poskir 21:28 20:41 96 124
taberdar 21:32 31:18 145 188
barracuda 22:04 12:32 56 72
mcjwright 22:08 18:58 85 110
benedick 22:09 17:20 78 101
Pootle pootle73 22:10 18:06 81 105
sampson 22:39 16:57 74 96
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 25:19 110 142
george.garlick 23:41 23:29 99 128
flounderbout 23:47 18:42 78 101
brian.mcnamara 23:57 22:01 91 118
jaraab 24:07 20:39 85 110
puzzled1 24:14 22:34 93 120
Zander 24:40 22:27 91 118
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 22:40 90 116
dec 25:05 23:28 93 120
goblin 25:18 26:39 105 136
Bert Dove 25:31 20:26 80 103
Dzhigit 26:06 24:19 93 120
endafk 26:07 22:39 86 111
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 21:31 81 105
tonym 26:38 26:43 100 129
Chadwick 26:47 15:11 56 72
fudgiebates 27:24 17:49 65 84
zythum 27:46 19:41 70 90
jdavidliddell 28:15 21:25 75 97
Manveru 28:30 13:14 46 59
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 44:40 156 202
Jagsfan1971 28:43 19:50 69 89
James P special_bitter 29:47 15:42 52 67
Mkgnao 30:15 23:53 78 101
nekabue 30:18 21:30 70 90
rosselliot 30:24 30:20 99 128
alwsn8 30:42 26:45 87 112
Agsurfer 32:38 36:07 110 142
koro 33:12 20:27 61 79
JE59 33:26 32:07 96 124
Jeeves 33:32 20:58 62 80
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 30:44 90 116
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 16:39 47 61
1234 35:55 34:53 97 125
maryht 36:34 38:44 105 136
Archie 37:21 28:09 75 97
Paulypops 40:02 44:59 112 145
SK42 40:19 37:39 93 120
empty 40:40 35:27 87 112
Curarist curarist 40:43 22:57 56 72
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 53:14 128 166
Gussie 41:40 28:13 67 87
vissa 43:57 34:37 78 101
Ronnie 44:05 38:52 88 114
MartinP martinp1 45:24 34:27 75 97
symbenall2 46:34 31:38 67 87
FrameShift 47:42 26:42 55 71
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 28:35 59 76
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 80:29 162 210
Masha 49:35 43:26 87 112
jackk.larg 55:46 67:34 121 157
kennethk 57:35 81:40 141 183

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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