Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27598

Date 27 February 2020
Number 27598
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 171
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27598

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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 08:39 144 84
Jason 07:06 17:36 247 144
verlaine verlaine 07:36 12:34 165 96
mistigris 07:52 12:08 154 90
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 22:30 257 150
Midas 09:38 13:39 141 82
chindit 10:30 22:07 210 122
AlanS 11:19 29:56 264 154
glheard glheard 11:55 17:27 146 85
lickert 11:58 21:24 178 104
trux 12:45 18:19 143 83
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 20:30 160 93
Tom Stubbs 12:52 17:01 132 77
jimpen 13:06 11:34 88 51
noidea 13:13 18:37 140 81
Spur58 13:16 11:31 86 50
p.wild 13:19 21:13 159 92
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 24:02 176 102
Silva 13:40 27:45 203 118
Sheapey 13:46 22:51 165 96
fshephe 13:54 18:33 133 77
Stavros 14:34 18:32 127 74
Sue Sweeper 15:38 29:16 187 109
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 22:03 140 81
HenryBW 15:56 31:55 200 116
KenG 16:04 28:42 178 104
cyrillic 16:19 36:18 222 129
oshinmark 17:23 30:42 176 102
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 32:34 180 105
LouWeed 18:13 29:57 164 95
robinh 18:15 24:02 131 76
Golvellius 18:26 55:11 299 174
fuzz 18:39 25:19 135 78
RobR robrolfe 18:52 37:05 196 114
GMcD 19:19 21:48 112 65
rupe 19:20 50:24 260 152
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 34:52 171 100
gbestanley 21:23 25:55 121 70
barracuda 22:04 34:49 157 91
Pootle pootle73 22:10 48:06 216 126
colin2355 22:45 50:08 220 128
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:46 41:24 181 105
Solver52 22:53 24:18 106 61
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 40:16 175 102
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 38:40 155 90
dec 25:05 48:01 191 111
goblin 25:18 41:12 162 94
endafk 26:07 49:54 191 111
Chadwick 26:47 27:16 101 59
zythum 27:46 51:01 183 107
William M 28:27 43:41 153 89
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 44:29 155 90
Peter Sykes 28:49 46:55 162 94
James P special_bitter 29:47 45:01 151 88
Mkgnao 30:15 41:09 136 79
nekabue 30:18 50:04 165 96
rosselliot 30:24 58:55 193 112
alwsn8 30:42 51:05 166 97
bobbb 31:31 43:45 138 80
HanS 31:48 17:12 54 31
Semillon 32:21 55:26 171 100
stainl665 32:33 54:33 167 97
Tudds 33:33 102:47 306 178
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 33:50 64:22 190 111
SwissWavey 34:17 54:19 158 92
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 68:34 196 114
maryht 36:34 52:12 142 83
Archie 37:21 53:42 143 83
empty 40:40 41:33 102 59
Curarist curarist 40:43 35:28 87 50
Gussie 41:40 49:55 119 69
Nangle 41:51 74:45 178 104
vissa 43:57 45:28 103 60
MartinP martinp1 45:24 88:46 195 114
FrameShift 47:42 71:54 150 87
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 63:00 132 77
VictoriaW 47:45 73:59 154 90
Masha 49:35 95:38 192 112

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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