Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27593

Date 21 February 2020
Number 27593
Day of week Friday
NITCH 101
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27593

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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 06:57 107 105
Jason 07:06 08:14 115 113
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:57 104 102
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 08:29 97 96
Midas 09:38 08:47 91 90
richard 09:41 11:38 120 118
asaldanha 09:43 10:21 106 104
Derek Harrison 10:46 11:56 110 108
AlanS 11:19 09:48 86 85
chriswords 11:35 13:02 112 110
ChuckB 11:40 13:00 111 109
lickert 11:58 13:52 115 113
trux 12:45 12:29 97 96
Tom Stubbs 12:52 16:11 125 123
jimpen 13:06 09:47 74 73
SimonAnthony 13:12 10:09 76 75
p.wild 13:19 14:36 109 107
neilr 13:24 16:10 120 118
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 13:12 97 96
Silva 13:40 19:40 143 141
fshephe 13:54 12:49 92 91
aphasic 14:15 11:33 81 80
Stavros 14:34 13:00 89 88
Tibthorpe 15:20 16:46 109 107
Malcj malcj 15:34 14:30 93 92
mikegrocott 15:36 19:29 124 122
Sue Sweeper 15:38 10:42 68 67
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 17:57 114 112
cyrillic 16:19 15:21 94 93
Spanna 16:23 16:38 101 100
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 16:34 97 96
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 15:53 87 86
LouWeed 18:13 20:11 110 108
robinh 18:15 20:12 110 108
fuzz 18:39 20:53 111 109
Squallaby 18:49 24:26 129 127
RobR robrolfe 18:52 19:36 103 101
Craven 18:52 24:09 128 126
tapbarker 19:07 22:56 119 117
GMcD 19:19 29:15 151 149
kath 19:55 22:19 112 110
Looch 20:04 20:29 102 100
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 16:27 80 79
MichelinPoitiers 20:36 20:37 100 99
pterodactyl 21:20 13:12 61 60
gbestanley 21:23 22:14 103 101
andrewlake 21:29 25:20 117 115
barracuda 22:04 23:19 105 103
mcjwright 22:08 21:33 97 96
Pootle pootle73 22:10 22:47 102 100
colin2355 22:45 21:04 92 91
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 29:32 129 127
Solver52 22:53 20:16 88 87
george.garlick 23:41 24:51 104 102
flounderbout 23:47 21:02 88 87
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 23:32 94 93
goblin 25:18 24:18 96 95
hugh.schofield 25:24 19:40 77 76
endafk 26:07 27:57 107 105
Mike Harper 84801442 26:33 43:18 163 161
GeorgeTz 26:41 23:03 86 85
Chadwick 26:47 31:01 115 113
zythum 27:46 26:36 95 94
jdavidliddell 28:15 36:58 130 128
William M 28:27 21:07 74 73
Manveru 28:30 28:46 100 99
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 23:36 82 81
James P special_bitter 29:47 32:44 109 107
Mkgnao 30:15 23:41 78 77
HanS 31:48 32:35 102 100
Agsurfer 32:38 26:03 79 78
koro 33:12 37:52 114 112
Jeeves 33:32 40:11 119 117
Tudds 33:33 37:18 111 109
SwissWavey 34:17 26:53 78 77
FelicityTT 34:18 42:44 124 122
1234 35:55 35:07 97 96
maryht 36:34 42:07 115 113
Archie 37:21 26:53 71 70
Paulypops 40:02 48:48 121 119
SK42 40:19 28:12 69 68
empty 40:40 46:24 114 112
Curarist curarist 40:43 48:23 118 116
6098mr 41:05 29:08 70 69
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 36:42 88 87
Gussie 41:40 47:41 114 112
vissa 43:57 53:22 121 119
symbenall2 46:34 89:53 193 191
FrameShift 47:42 44:23 93 92
Shushannah 50:43 66:55 131 129
andrewmr 51:01 55:15 108 106
kjbr 51:15 92:28 180 178
jackk.larg 55:46 53:08 95 94
kennethk 57:35 71:08 123 121

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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