Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27589

Date 17 February 2020
Number 27589
Day of week Monday
NITCH 88
Count of ref solvers 57
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27589

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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 06:29 100 113
Jason 07:06 06:02 84 95
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:12 68 77
Midas 09:38 07:57 82 93
richard 09:41 09:03 93 105
asaldanha 09:43 14:31 149 169
lili 10:10 10:27 102 115
chindit 10:30 12:35 119 135
robertL 11:12 28:03 250 284
AlanS 11:19 19:02 168 190
chriswords 11:35 12:28 107 121
ChuckB 11:40 10:30 90 102
tiggis 11:41 10:37 90 102
glheard glheard 11:55 08:32 71 80
Tom Stubbs 12:52 15:35 121 137
jimpen 13:06 10:05 76 86
SimonAnthony 13:12 13:49 104 118
p.wild 13:19 13:06 98 111
neilr 13:24 11:46 87 98
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 14:10 104 118
Silva 13:40 12:21 90 102
Sheapey 13:46 13:21 96 109
fshephe 13:54 13:11 94 106
Groucho 13:58 15:00 107 121
aphasic 14:15 16:21 114 129
Askival askival 14:24 14:15 98 111
Stavros 14:34 14:09 97 110
Big Mick 15:18 14:38 95 107
Tibthorpe 15:20 14:15 92 104
margaretl 15:29 26:07 168 190
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 14:08 90 102
HenryBW 15:56 17:32 110 125
KenG 16:04 10:29 65 73
cyrillic 16:19 16:14 99 112
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 18:09 100 113
LouWeed 18:13 10:54 59 67
Golvellius 18:26 16:09 87 98
Carol 18:33 13:24 72 81
fuzz 18:39 23:21 125 142
Squallaby 18:49 13:31 71 80
MK76 18:50 22:20 118 134
RobR robrolfe 18:52 16:53 89 101
Craven 18:52 16:45 88 100
grape 18:55 15:42 82 93
tapbarker 19:07 13:05 68 77
GMcD 19:19 22:10 114 129
Looch 20:04 22:01 109 123
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 13:11 64 72
pterodactyl 21:20 17:00 79 89
poskir 21:28 20:02 93 105
barracuda 22:04 17:39 79 89
mcjwright 22:08 14:11 64 72
benedick 22:09 26:04 117 132
Pootle pootle73 22:10 20:05 90 102
colin2355 22:45 22:30 98 111
Solver52 22:53 21:43 94 106
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 17:49 77 87
george.garlick 23:41 21:42 91 103
brian.mcnamara 23:57 26:05 108 122
jaraab 24:07 21:43 90 102
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 33:48 135 153
goblin 25:18 22:36 89 101
endafk 26:07 23:18 89 101
KET 26:33 19:14 72 81
GeorgeTz 26:41 25:30 95 107
Edprof 27:12 16:00 58 65
fudgiebates 27:24 28:39 104 118
zythum 27:46 24:08 86 97
Manveru 28:30 24:40 86 97
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 24:53 87 98
James P special_bitter 29:47 32:49 110 125
Mkgnao 30:15 19:31 64 72
alwsn8 30:42 32:26 105 119
HanS 31:48 27:32 86 97
ulaca ulaca 32:12 34:19 106 120
Semillon 32:21 23:14 71 80
Big Nug 32:37 04:45 14 15
Agsurfer 32:38 49:10 150 170
koro 33:12 31:10 93 105
JE59 33:26 37:35 112 127
Tudds 33:33 39:45 118 134
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 37:32 110 125
SwissWavey 34:17 42:17 123 139
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 30:17 86 97
1234 35:55 42:22 117 132
Archie 37:21 24:14 64 72
Paulypops 40:02 37:58 94 106
Curarist curarist 40:43 17:46 43 48
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 44:51 107 121
Gussie 41:40 26:38 63 71
vissa 43:57 40:26 91 103
Ronnie 44:05 49:20 111 126
MartinP martinp1 45:24 45:16 99 112
symbenall2 46:34 34:47 74 84
FrameShift 47:42 53:17 111 126
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 44:45 93 105
Shushannah 50:43 37:24 73 82
kjbr 51:15 55:58 109 123
kennethk 57:35 57:11 99 112

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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