Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27599

Date 28 February 2020
Number 27599
Day of week Friday
NITCH 102
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27599

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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
Jason 07:06 05:28 76 74
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:27 98 96
aphis99 aphis99 08:44 08:28 96 94
Midas 09:38 09:30 98 96
richard 09:41 12:19 127 124
asaldanha 09:43 12:08 124 121
boulemiche 10:05 10:21 102 100
chindit 10:30 13:13 125 122
Derek Harrison 10:46 09:11 85 83
AlanS 11:19 11:02 97 95
chriswords 11:35 14:28 124 121
tiggis 11:41 21:07 180 176
glheard glheard 11:55 22:44 190 186
lickert 11:58 10:43 89 87
keriothe_ keriothe 12:45 14:09 110 107
Tom Stubbs 12:52 11:18 87 85
andy 12:57 15:09 116 113
jimpen 13:06 08:49 67 65
SimonAnthony 13:12 13:56 105 102
Spur58 13:16 15:24 116 113
p.wild 13:19 13:34 101 99
neilr 13:24 15:39 116 113
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:36 13:44 100 98
Silva 13:40 12:03 88 86
Sheapey 13:46 11:39 84 82
fshephe 13:54 13:06 94 92
John Walsh 14:05 15:44 111 108
aphasic 14:15 17:28 122 119
Stavros 14:34 14:51 101 99
margaretl 15:29 21:01 135 132
Malcj malcj 15:34 14:02 90 88
mikegrocott 15:36 18:03 115 112
Sue Sweeper 15:38 12:31 80 78
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:41 19:26 123 120
cyrillic 16:19 14:21 87 85
Spanna 16:23 11:56 72 70
David Crooks dcrooks 17:01 18:32 108 105
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:05 23:13 128 125
LouWeed 18:13 13:44 75 73
robinh 18:15 20:45 113 110
Fatfinger 18:17 17:43 96 94
Squallaby 18:49 18:55 100 98
MK76 18:50 25:04 133 130
RobR robrolfe 18:52 23:09 122 119
Craven 18:52 24:11 128 125
grape 18:55 20:07 106 103
tapbarker 19:07 20:57 109 106
GMcD 19:19 28:17 146 143
rupe 19:20 23:16 120 117
kath 19:55 19:15 96 94
johninterred 20:00 28:56 144 141
Looch 20:04 22:49 113 110
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:23 19:28 95 93
pterodactyl 21:20 16:08 75 73
Hamish.S 21:24 18:12 85 83
poskir 21:28 28:42 133 130
andrewlake 21:29 21:26 99 97
barracuda 22:04 23:38 107 104
mcjwright 22:08 32:43 147 144
benedick 22:09 25:16 114 111
Pootle pootle73 22:10 21:20 96 94
John Arnold 22:29 26:23 117 114
sampson 22:39 28:46 127 124
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 22:53 21:13 92 90
Solver52 22:53 25:11 110 107
george.garlick 23:41 19:19 81 79
brian.mcnamara 23:57 28:18 118 115
jaraab 24:07 28:11 116 113
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:55 27:07 108 105
dec 25:05 30:07 120 117
goblin 25:18 27:26 108 105
frost 25:19 19:34 77 75
hugh.schofield 25:24 25:53 101 99
Bert Dove 25:31 30:36 119 116
endafk 26:07 25:47 98 96
tonym 26:38 22:42 85 83
Chadwick 26:47 44:09 164 160
fudgiebates 27:24 34:13 124 121
zythum 27:46 28:30 102 100
phmfantom phmfantom 28:36 21:06 73 71
Jagsfan1971 28:43 31:31 109 106
Peter Sykes 28:49 34:20 119 116
James P special_bitter 29:47 24:16 81 79
Mkgnao 30:15 36:53 121 118
nekabue 30:18 24:06 79 77
alwsn8 30:42 26:04 84 82
HanS 31:48 39:05 122 119
boltonwanderer 31:50 29:00 91 89
ulaca ulaca 32:12 42:49 132 129
Tudds 33:33 26:52 80 78
joss henry 34:15 42:59 125 122
FelicityTT 34:18 26:56 78 76
SlumdogEngineer 34:51 29:09 83 81
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:57 30:46 88 86
1234 35:55 31:46 88 86
Crippens1 36:27 07:52 21 20
maryht 36:34 29:50 81 79
Paulypops 40:02 43:39 109 106
empty 40:40 33:00 81 79
Curarist curarist 40:43 32:37 80 78
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:32 38:43 93 91
Nangle 41:51 32:17 77 75
Scottie 44:05 43:59 99 97
Ronnie 44:05 36:07 81 79
MartinP martinp1 45:24 41:38 91 89
symbenall2 46:34 33:37 72 70
FrameShift 47:42 56:48 119 116
starstruck starstruck_au 47:42 45:51 96 94
andrewmr 51:01 32:19 63 61

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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