Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27585

Date 12 February 2020
Number 27585
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 57
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27585

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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
Eamon Ryan 06:27 04:09 64 112
Jason 07:06 04:06 57 100
verlaine verlaine 07:36 03:47 49 85
mistigris 07:52 05:45 73 128
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 04:52 55 96
Midas 09:38 06:42 69 121
hilarym 09:51 09:06 92 161
boulemiche 10:05 08:14 81 142
robertL 11:12 04:25 39 68
AlanS 11:19 05:20 47 82
chriswords 11:35 06:09 53 92
ChuckB 11:40 09:08 78 136
tiggis 11:41 11:05 94 164
lickert 11:58 07:19 61 107
Kinghedger 12:47 06:24 50 87
Tom Stubbs 12:52 07:10 55 96
andy 12:57 06:50 52 91
SimonAnthony 13:12 04:42 35 61
noidea 13:13 11:58 90 157
p.wild 13:19 07:39 57 100
neilr 13:24 07:57 59 103
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 05:17 38 66
Sheapey 13:46 04:46 34 59
fshephe 13:54 09:02 64 112
jim42078 13:55 15:06 108 189
Groucho 13:58 12:32 89 156
John Walsh 14:05 08:30 60 105
Askival askival 14:24 06:40 46 80
Stavros 14:34 07:05 48 84
Big Mick 15:18 13:43 89 156
Tibthorpe 15:20 10:18 67 117
margaretl 15:29 13:55 89 156
Malcj malcj 15:34 13:29 86 150
mikegrocott 15:36 09:37 61 107
Sue Sweeper 15:38 07:12 46 80
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 06:15 39 68
KenG 16:04 06:56 43 75
cyrillic 16:19 10:54 66 115
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 11:09 65 114
oshinmark 17:23 09:44 55 96
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 11:37 64 112
LouWeed 18:13 08:44 47 82
Fatfinger 18:17 16:23 89 156
Golvellius 18:26 13:02 70 122
fuzz 18:39 10:10 54 94
Squallaby 18:49 10:03 53 92
MK76 18:50 11:57 63 110
Craven 18:52 11:58 63 110
RobR robrolfe 18:52 11:12 59 103
tapbarker 19:07 11:47 61 107
GMcD 19:19 13:43 71 124
kath 19:55 18:47 94 164
Looch 20:04 11:51 59 103
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 16:31 80 140
pterodactyl 21:20 09:01 42 73
gbestanley 21:23 15:54 74 129
Hamish.S 21:24 10:45 50 87
poskir 21:28 17:03 79 138
barracuda 22:04 12:07 54 94
benedick 22:09 15:32 70 122
Pootle pootle73 22:10 09:15 41 71
sampson 22:39 15:42 69 121
colin2355 22:45 11:45 51 89
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 14:34 63 110
Solver52 22:53 15:03 65 114
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 11:31 50 87
george.garlick 23:41 15:17 64 112
flounderbout 23:47 11:51 49 85
jaraab 24:07 13:48 57 100
puzzled1 24:14 23:57 98 171
goblin 25:18 17:03 67 117
hugh.schofield 25:24 11:56 46 80
timbo 26:01 21:36 83 145
pc8 26:05 15:22 58 101
Dzhigit 26:06 14:33 55 96
endafk 26:07 17:27 66 115
KET 26:33 15:34 58 101
tonym 26:38 18:01 67 117
Chadwick 26:47 18:13 68 119
Edprof 27:12 18:19 67 117
fudgiebates 27:24 17:05 62 108
Manveru 28:30 19:02 66 115
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 14:21 50 87
Peter Sykes 28:49 19:52 68 119
James P special_bitter 29:47 10:57 36 63
nekabue 30:18 14:18 47 82
rosselliot 30:24 19:39 64 112
alwsn8 30:42 19:06 62 108
JoeyC 31:34 14:53 47 82
HanS 31:48 25:53 81 142
ulaca ulaca 32:12 13:36 42 73
Semillon 32:21 12:03 37 64
koro 33:12 13:50 41 71
Tudds 33:33 20:10 60 105
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 16:50 49 85
joss henry 34:15 29:17 85 149
SwissWavey 34:17 17:47 51 89
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 25:15 72 126
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 16:46 47 82
maryht 36:34 22:33 61 107
Archie 37:21 26:28 70 122
Paulypops 40:02 30:38 76 133
SK42 40:19 23:09 57 100
empty 40:40 31:16 76 133
Maggot 41:59 20:57 49 85
MartinP martinp1 45:24 19:09 42 73
Msimmo 46:03 36:12 78 136
symbenall2 46:34 19:30 41 71
FrameShift 47:42 33:36 70 122
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 21:26 44 77
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 29:31 59 103
andrewmr 51:01 21:17 41 71
jackk.larg 55:46 59:50 107 187
kennethk 57:35 32:51 57 100

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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