Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27584

Date 11 February 2020
Number 27584
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 85
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27584

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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 04:52 81 95
Eamon Ryan 06:27 04:45 73 85
Jason 07:06 05:25 76 89
verlaine verlaine 07:36 08:47 115 135
mistigris 07:52 06:52 87 102
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 09:19 106 124
Midas 09:38 09:28 98 115
richard 09:41 09:10 94 110
asaldanha 09:43 08:57 92 108
hilarym 09:51 10:25 105 123
boulemiche 10:05 08:32 84 98
chindit 10:30 10:54 103 121
Derek Harrison 10:46 09:04 84 98
robertL 11:12 10:03 89 104
AlanS 11:19 11:04 97 114
chriswords 11:35 10:29 90 105
tiggis 11:41 11:08 95 111
glheard glheard 11:55 10:52 91 107
lickert 11:58 10:15 85 100
trux 12:45 06:43 52 61
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 08:20 65 76
Kinghedger 12:47 12:59 101 118
Tom Stubbs 12:52 13:51 107 125
andy 12:57 10:37 81 95
jimpen 13:06 11:05 84 98
noidea 13:13 11:19 85 100
p.wild 13:19 12:13 91 107
neilr 13:24 10:06 75 88
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 09:12 67 78
Silva 13:40 13:03 95 111
Sheapey 13:46 11:25 82 96
fshephe 13:54 10:46 77 90
jim42078 13:55 10:40 76 89
Groucho 13:58 13:56 99 116
aphasic 14:15 14:05 98 115
Ben Staveley 14:26 12:23 85 100
Stavros 14:34 13:08 90 105
Tibthorpe 15:20 14:43 95 111
mikegrocott 15:36 12:54 82 96
Sue Sweeper 15:38 17:05 109 128
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 14:27 92 108
KenG 16:04 12:29 77 90
cyrillic 16:19 10:31 64 75
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 13:05 76 89
Viscomte 18:02 15:44 87 102
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 18:21 101 118
LouWeed 18:13 16:15 89 104
robinh 18:15 17:53 97 114
fuzz 18:39 15:07 81 95
Squallaby 18:49 20:06 106 124
MK76 18:50 20:03 106 124
RobR robrolfe 18:52 17:32 92 108
Craven 18:52 15:04 79 92
tapbarker 19:07 21:56 114 134
GMcD 19:19 17:35 91 107
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 16:21 80 94
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 19:49 96 112
pterodactyl 21:20 21:59 103 121
gbestanley 21:23 18:43 87 102
poskir 21:28 20:43 96 112
andrewlake 21:29 14:27 67 78
barracuda 22:04 18:05 81 95
mcjwright 22:08 19:57 90 105
Pootle pootle73 22:10 15:22 69 81
John Arnold 22:29 25:20 112 131
sampson 22:39 20:12 89 104
colin2355 22:45 14:03 61 71
Solver52 22:53 14:49 64 75
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 21:43 94 110
flounderbout 23:47 13:25 56 65
jaraab 24:07 25:54 107 125
Zander 24:40 15:06 61 71
dec 25:05 22:41 90 105
goblin 25:18 23:23 92 108
tonym 26:38 19:36 73 85
GeorgeTz 26:41 19:46 74 87
Chadwick 26:47 24:05 89 104
fudgiebates 27:24 25:19 92 108
zythum 27:46 19:11 69 81
jdavidliddell 28:15 36:17 128 150
William M 28:27 21:53 76 89
Manveru 28:30 19:14 67 78
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 44:54 156 183
Clovis 29:38 29:52 100 117
James P special_bitter 29:47 24:57 83 97
Mkgnao 30:15 22:51 75 88
nekabue 30:18 18:34 61 71
rosselliot 30:24 21:56 72 84
alwsn8 30:42 38:49 126 148
JoeyC 31:34 20:15 64 75
HanS 31:48 30:54 97 114
ulaca ulaca 32:12 21:52 67 78
Semillon 32:21 23:34 72 84
koro 33:12 28:59 87 102
JE59 33:26 38:19 114 134
Tudds 33:33 29:46 88 103
joss henry 34:15 21:46 63 74
SwissWavey 34:17 25:47 75 88
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 26:51 77 90
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 15:53 45 52
Glyndwr 36:21 41:22 113 132
maryht 36:34 41:16 112 131
Paulypops 40:02 30:31 76 89
SK42 40:19 24:54 61 71
empty 40:40 41:31 102 120
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 44:13 106 124
Gussie 41:40 28:08 67 78
Nangle 41:51 26:18 62 72
Ronnie 44:05 39:34 89 104
MartinP martinp1 45:24 48:06 105 123
Msimmo 46:03 40:37 88 103
symbenall2 46:34 38:00 81 95
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 48:18 101 118
andrewmr 51:01 37:28 73 85
jackk.larg 55:46 44:40 80 94
kennethk 57:35 48:58 85 100

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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