Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27591

Date 19 February 2020
Number 27591
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 60
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27591

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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 05:44 88 91
Jason 07:06 04:41 65 67
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:59 78 81
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 08:25 96 100
Midas 09:38 09:34 99 103
richard 09:41 06:35 67 69
boulemiche 10:05 18:27 182 189
robertL 11:12 18:30 165 171
AlanS 11:19 08:58 79 82
tiggis 11:41 12:16 104 108
glheard glheard 11:55 13:35 113 117
lickert 11:58 07:37 63 65
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 09:58 78 81
Tom Stubbs 12:52 17:43 137 142
andy 12:57 14:25 111 115
jimpen 13:06 11:46 89 92
SimonAnthony 13:12 03:33 26 27
p.wild 13:19 11:39 87 90
neilr 13:24 15:22 114 118
fshephe 13:54 18:02 129 134
Groucho 13:58 16:24 117 121
aphasic 14:15 13:47 96 100
Ben Staveley 14:26 12:40 87 90
Stavros 14:34 10:41 73 76
Tibthorpe 15:20 13:35 88 91
margaretl 15:29 18:23 118 122
Malcj malcj 15:34 14:55 95 98
mikegrocott 15:36 12:07 77 80
Sue Sweeper 15:38 25:11 161 167
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 20:24 130 135
HenryBW 15:56 15:00 94 97
KenG 16:04 11:01 68 70
cyrillic 16:19 15:29 94 97
Spanna 16:23 19:13 117 121
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 18:00 105 109
oshinmark 17:23 16:44 96 100
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 20:28 113 117
LouWeed 18:13 22:49 125 130
robinh 18:15 24:57 136 141
Golvellius 18:26 21:59 119 123
fuzz 18:39 18:21 98 102
wwalker50 18:40 14:08 75 78
RobR robrolfe 18:52 24:57 132 137
Craven 18:52 23:08 122 127
GMcD 19:19 17:17 89 92
annelambirth 19:37 19:26 99 103
Looch 20:04 23:59 119 123
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 17:08 84 87
pterodactyl 21:20 13:52 65 67
gbestanley 21:23 19:30 91 94
Hamish.S 21:24 25:17 118 122
poskir 21:28 25:32 118 122
andrewlake 21:29 25:50 120 125
barracuda 22:04 22:52 103 107
mcjwright 22:08 17:53 80 83
benedick 22:09 17:18 78 81
sampson 22:39 26:00 114 118
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 20:09 88 91
Solver52 22:53 31:07 135 140
puzzled1 24:14 36:13 149 155
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 22:59 92 95
goblin 25:18 21:32 85 88
Bert Dove 25:31 29:35 115 119
pc8 26:05 21:28 82 85
endafk 26:07 18:30 70 72
KET 26:33 18:39 70 72
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 54:37 205 213
tonym 26:38 26:27 99 103
Yatton50 26:39 32:26 121 126
Chadwick 26:47 40:13 150 156
Edprof 27:12 32:42 120 125
zythum 27:46 25:53 93 96
jdavidliddell 28:15 26:18 93 96
William M 28:27 17:52 62 64
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 27:44 96 100
Jagsfan1971 28:43 27:24 95 98
James P special_bitter 29:47 21:01 70 72
Mkgnao 30:15 23:13 76 79
nekabue 30:18 35:36 117 121
rosselliot 30:24 29:47 97 101
alwsn8 30:42 26:27 86 89
JoeyC 31:34 28:06 89 92
ulaca ulaca 32:12 45:09 140 145
Semillon 32:21 28:11 87 90
Big Nug 32:37 08:02 24 25
koro 33:12 35:33 107 111
Tudds 33:33 32:52 97 101
SwissWavey 34:17 81:57 239 248
FelicityTT 34:18 33:16 96 100
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 35:47 102 106
auntie noele 35:26 34:51 98 102
1234 35:55 21:33 60 62
Glyndwr 36:21 39:26 108 112
maryht 36:34 34:52 95 98
Paulypops 40:02 44:56 112 116
empty 40:40 36:53 90 93
Curarist curarist 40:43 28:33 70 72
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 44:40 107 111
Nangle 41:51 36:22 86 89
Dandy 43:31 48:37 111 115
MartinP martinp1 45:24 81:07 178 185
symbenall2 46:34 39:28 84 87
FrameShift 47:42 94:40 198 206
Shushannah 50:43 53:59 106 110
kjbr 51:15 53:47 104 108

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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