Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27596

Date 25 February 2020
Number 27596
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 101
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 9
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27596

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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 06:18 97 96
Jason 07:06 06:25 90 89
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:42 101 100
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 11:57 136 134
Midas 09:38 07:19 75 74
richard 09:41 10:11 105 103
asaldanha 09:43 12:24 127 125
chindit 10:30 07:05 67 66
AlanS 11:19 08:51 78 77
chriswords 11:35 14:38 126 124
ChuckB 11:40 13:49 118 116
tiggis 11:41 22:45 194 192
glheard glheard 11:55 14:01 117 115
lickert 11:58 10:56 91 90
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 17:20 135 133
Tom Stubbs 12:52 13:54 108 106
andy 12:57 21:46 168 166
jimpen 13:06 10:11 77 76
noidea 13:13 15:26 116 114
p.wild 13:19 10:42 80 79
neilr 13:24 14:29 108 106
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 09:56 73 72
Silva 13:40 13:45 100 99
Sheapey 13:46 14:43 106 104
fshephe 13:54 10:54 78 77
Groucho 13:58 19:31 139 137
aphasic 14:15 17:05 119 117
Askival askival 14:24 14:37 101 100
Stavros 14:34 10:15 70 69
Tibthorpe 15:20 19:46 128 126
margaretl 15:29 17:38 113 111
Malcj malcj 15:34 13:10 84 83
Sue Sweeper 15:38 17:25 111 109
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 12:51 81 80
HenryBW 15:56 13:52 87 86
KenG 16:04 19:38 122 120
cyrillic 16:19 11:16 69 68
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 20:23 112 110
LouWeed 18:13 20:19 111 109
robinh 18:15 16:42 91 90
fuzz 18:39 44:36 239 236
MK76 18:50 13:36 72 71
Craven 18:52 18:26 97 96
grape 18:55 24:31 129 127
tapbarker 19:07 18:59 99 98
Looch 20:04 21:03 104 102
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 19:14 94 93
jimwetzler 21:17 18:56 88 87
gbestanley 21:23 30:22 142 140
poskir 21:28 21:52 101 100
andrewlake 21:29 24:53 115 113
barracuda 22:04 17:41 80 79
mcjwright 22:08 25:16 114 112
benedick 22:09 23:53 107 105
Pootle pootle73 22:10 26:53 121 119
John Arnold 22:29 25:34 113 111
sampson 22:39 25:27 112 110
colin2355 22:45 22:38 99 98
Solver52 22:53 17:49 77 76
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 27:49 121 119
george.garlick 23:41 23:20 98 97
brian.mcnamara 23:57 23:22 97 96
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 30:59 124 122
dec 25:05 22:14 88 87
goblin 25:18 25:21 100 99
Bert Dove 25:31 29:20 114 112
pc8 26:05 28:27 109 107
Dzhigit 26:06 30:31 116 114
endafk 26:07 31:45 121 119
Chadwick 26:47 30:08 112 110
Edprof 27:12 14:23 52 51
zythum 27:46 21:53 78 77
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 24:06 84 83
Clovis 29:38 30:26 102 100
James P special_bitter 29:47 22:56 77 76
Mkgnao 30:15 29:18 96 95
nekabue 30:18 36:45 121 119
alwsn8 30:42 28:47 93 92
HanS 31:48 30:11 94 93
ulaca ulaca 32:12 38:12 118 116
Agsurfer 32:38 20:53 63 62
koro 33:12 30:13 91 90
Tudds 33:33 19:33 58 57
SwissWavey 34:17 29:46 86 85
FelicityTT 34:18 22:31 65 64
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 35:52 102 100
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 35:40 102 100
maryht 36:34 44:11 120 118
Archie 37:21 27:42 74 73
Paulypops 40:02 39:21 98 97
empty 40:40 33:25 82 81
Curarist curarist 40:43 98:58 243 240
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 48:29 116 114
Gussie 41:40 37:56 91 90
symbenall2 46:34 29:10 62 61
FrameShift 47:42 44:03 92 91
VictoriaW 47:45 50:38 106 104
paulmcl paulmcl 49:26 69:03 139 137
Masha 49:35 103:41 209 206
kjbr 51:15 37:25 73 72
jackk.larg 55:46 71:46 128 126

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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