Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27592

Date 20 February 2020
Number 27592
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 55
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27592

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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 04:22 72 105
Eamon Ryan 06:27 04:29 69 101
Jason 07:06 04:43 66 97
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:59 78 114
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 06:33 75 110
Midas 09:38 08:08 84 123
asaldanha 09:43 05:59 61 89
boulemiche 10:05 07:52 78 114
Derek Harrison 10:46 13:34 126 185
robertL 11:12 07:48 69 101
AlanS 11:19 06:47 59 86
chriswords 11:35 08:40 74 108
tiggis 11:41 10:40 91 133
glheard glheard 11:55 10:32 88 129
lickert 11:58 07:45 64 94
trux 12:45 10:09 79 116
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 08:23 65 95
Tom Stubbs 12:52 09:41 75 110
andy 12:57 07:44 59 86
jimpen 13:06 09:48 74 108
SimonAnthony 13:12 05:37 42 61
p.wild 13:19 10:48 81 119
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 10:33 77 113
Silva 13:40 08:04 59 86
fshephe 13:54 10:46 77 113
aphasic 14:15 08:35 60 88
Askival askival 14:24 08:47 60 88
Stavros 14:34 08:55 61 89
Big Mick 15:18 10:25 68 100
Tibthorpe 15:20 07:50 51 75
margaretl 15:29 21:06 136 200
Malcj malcj 15:34 12:15 78 114
HenryBW 15:56 10:30 65 95
KenG 16:04 10:54 67 98
cyrillic 16:19 12:53 78 114
Spanna 16:23 13:08 80 117
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 12:14 71 104
oshinmark 17:23 13:12 75 110
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 14:34 80 117
LouWeed 18:13 15:49 86 126
robinh 18:15 13:01 71 104
Fatfinger 18:17 16:07 88 129
fuzz 18:39 12:54 69 101
MK76 18:50 13:10 69 101
Craven 18:52 12:41 67 98
RobR robrolfe 18:52 13:32 71 104
grape 18:55 16:07 85 125
tapbarker 19:07 11:32 60 88
GMcD 19:19 13:56 72 105
rupe 19:20 16:41 86 126
annelambirth 19:37 17:29 89 130
Looch 20:04 16:25 81 119
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 12:56 63 92
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 18:52 91 133
gbestanley 21:23 16:11 75 110
poskir 21:28 19:05 88 129
barracuda 22:04 15:44 71 104
mcjwright 22:08 25:50 116 170
benedick 22:09 17:33 79 116
John Arnold 22:29 22:12 98 144
sampson 22:39 19:48 87 127
colin2355 22:45 13:17 58 85
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 15:16 67 98
Solver52 22:53 18:32 80 117
george.garlick 23:41 20:27 86 126
flounderbout 23:47 12:08 51 75
jaraab 24:07 16:37 68 100
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 19:37 78 114
goblin 25:18 22:21 88 129
hugh.schofield 25:24 13:46 54 79
Bert Dove 25:31 22:51 89 130
Dzhigit 26:06 17:16 66 97
endafk 26:07 18:32 70 102
tonym 26:38 19:42 73 107
GeorgeTz 26:41 19:06 71 104
Chadwick 26:47 27:25 102 150
Edprof 27:12 18:33 68 100
zythum 27:46 17:20 62 91
jdavidliddell 28:15 27:43 98 144
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 24:35 85 125
Jagsfan1971 28:43 16:44 58 85
Peter Sykes 28:49 27:24 95 139
James P special_bitter 29:47 18:08 60 88
Mkgnao 30:15 26:04 86 126
nekabue 30:18 23:59 79 116
rosselliot 30:24 24:37 80 117
alwsn8 30:42 18:25 59 86
HanS 31:48 35:59 113 166
ulaca ulaca 32:12 12:16 38 55
Agsurfer 32:38 26:54 82 120
koro 33:12 24:32 73 107
Tudds 33:33 17:30 52 76
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 16:20 48 70
joss henry 34:15 20:41 60 88
SwissWavey 34:17 21:13 61 89
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 14:17 40 58
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 20:43 59 86
auntie noele 35:26 25:37 72 105
1234 35:55 35:21 98 144
Glyndwr 36:21 27:55 76 111
Paulypops 40:02 29:48 74 108
empty 40:40 31:15 76 111
Curarist curarist 40:43 24:32 60 88
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 36:07 86 126
Gussie 41:40 21:35 51 75
Ronnie 44:05 39:16 89 130
MartinP martinp1 45:24 34:44 76 111
FrameShift 47:42 39:10 82 120
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 60:41 127 186
Shushannah 50:43 38:25 75 110
andrewmr 51:01 25:05 49 72
kjbr 51:15 28:41 55 80
jackk.larg 55:46 38:24 68 100

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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