Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27590

Date 18 February 2020
Number 27590
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 54
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27590

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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 07:32 125 126
Jason 07:06 06:11 87 87
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:56 104 105
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 09:51 112 113
Midas 09:38 10:48 112 113
asaldanha 09:43 08:56 91 91
lili 10:10 08:46 86 86
chindit 10:30 12:43 121 122
Derek Harrison 10:46 10:33 97 97
robertL 11:12 11:40 104 105
AlanS 11:19 08:00 70 70
ChuckB 11:40 14:09 121 122
glheard glheard 11:55 14:05 118 119
lickert 11:58 10:43 89 89
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 10:43 84 84
Kinghedger 12:47 13:59 109 110
Tom Stubbs 12:52 14:29 112 113
jimpen 13:06 09:55 75 75
SimonAnthony 13:12 09:32 72 72
p.wild 13:19 14:20 107 108
neilr 13:24 16:09 120 121
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 08:41 63 63
Silva 13:40 16:02 117 118
Sheapey 13:46 14:27 104 105
fshephe 13:54 14:24 103 104
aphasic 14:15 18:11 127 128
Stavros 14:34 14:01 96 96
Tibthorpe 15:20 23:03 150 151
margaretl 15:29 24:05 155 156
mikegrocott 15:36 16:41 106 107
Sue Sweeper 15:38 20:18 129 130
HenryBW 15:56 24:48 155 156
KenG 16:04 20:16 126 127
cyrillic 16:19 17:41 108 109
Spanna 16:23 18:37 113 114
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 24:21 143 144
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 18:23 101 102
LouWeed 18:13 15:38 85 85
robinh 18:15 19:35 107 108
fuzz 18:39 18:02 96 96
Squallaby 18:49 29:01 154 155
MK76 18:50 22:02 116 117
RobR robrolfe 18:52 15:52 84 84
Craven 18:52 22:36 119 120
tapbarker 19:07 18:20 95 95
GMcD 19:19 29:57 155 156
annelambirth 19:37 27:02 137 138
kath 19:55 22:28 112 113
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 14:48 72 72
gbestanley 21:23 24:42 115 116
poskir 21:28 50:01 232 234
andrewlake 21:29 17:52 83 83
mcjwright 22:08 21:58 99 100
benedick 22:09 27:48 125 126
Pootle pootle73 22:10 23:35 106 107
sampson 22:39 35:31 156 157
colin2355 22:45 22:41 99 100
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 30:36 134 135
Solver52 22:53 23:30 102 103
george.garlick 23:41 17:05 72 72
brian.mcnamara 23:57 18:17 76 76
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 32:44 131 132
goblin 25:18 27:51 110 111
hugh.schofield 25:24 27:15 107 108
timbo 26:01 26:32 101 102
pc8 26:05 23:21 89 89
endafk 26:07 27:31 105 106
KET 26:33 28:44 108 109
Chadwick 26:47 33:05 123 124
zythum 27:46 26:55 96 96
jdavidliddell 28:15 40:46 144 145
Manveru 28:30 27:55 97 97
James P special_bitter 29:47 20:14 67 67
Mkgnao 30:15 40:09 132 133
nekabue 30:18 24:26 80 80
rosselliot 30:24 26:40 87 87
alwsn8 30:42 28:18 92 92
bobbb 31:31 25:38 81 81
HanS 31:48 37:40 118 119
ulaca ulaca 32:12 49:25 153 154
Semillon 32:21 21:32 66 66
Big Nug 32:37 06:42 20 20
koro 33:12 24:23 73 73
Jeeves 33:32 24:01 71 71
Tudds 33:33 30:40 91 91
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 27:51 82 82
joss henry 34:15 44:20 129 130
SwissWavey 34:17 34:10 99 100
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 31:31 90 90
1234 35:55 44:19 123 124
maryht 36:34 32:21 88 88
empty 40:40 51:29 126 127
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 47:54 115 116
Gussie 41:40 30:55 74 74
MartinP martinp1 45:24 48:25 106 107
symbenall2 46:34 41:46 89 89
FrameShift 47:42 54:59 115 116
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 37:47 76 76
Shushannah 50:43 38:11 75 75

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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