Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27601

Date 02 March 2020
Number 27601
Day of week Monday
NITCH 78
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27601

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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 06:21 04:37 72 92
Jason 06:56 05:31 79 101
escat49 07:08 08:15 115 147
verlaine verlaine 07:36 06:03 79 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 08:05 92 117
richard 09:30 06:25 67 85
Midas 09:34 06:55 72 92
hilarym 09:48 06:34 67 85
asaldanha 09:49 05:44 58 74
boulemiche 10:16 07:23 71 91
chindit 10:40 08:21 78 100
jimpen 11:15 10:56 97 124
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 12:50 113 144
AlanS 11:21 07:58 70 89
lickert 11:27 09:04 79 101
chriswords 11:32 10:57 94 120
scrabbler 11:47 08:06 68 87
glheard glheard 12:10 08:16 67 85
robertL 12:26 12:47 102 130
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 06:47 53 67
SimonAnthony 12:46 11:57 93 119
Tom Stubbs 12:58 14:16 110 141
andy 13:01 11:20 87 111
p.wild 13:08 14:34 110 141
neilr 13:13 10:19 78 100
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 08:48 65 83
Spur58 13:35 11:00 80 102
jim42078 13:40 10:13 74 94
Sheapey 13:51 12:27 89 114
fshephe 13:53 15:52 114 146
John Walsh 13:57 15:02 107 137
Silva 14:03 12:34 89 114
aphasic 14:27 16:46 116 148
Big Mick 14:52 17:05 114 146
canismiser 14:59 13:34 90 115
Tibthorpe 15:10 15:44 103 132
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 09:52 64 82
KenG 15:42 13:01 82 105
Spanna 16:02 18:41 116 148
HenryBW 16:04 09:59 62 79
cyrillic 16:24 13:45 83 106
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 14:41 87 111
MK76 16:54 14:00 82 105
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:06 67 85
LJCN 18:09 17:48 98 125
LouWeed 18:10 17:23 95 121
robinh 18:23 16:34 90 115
Squallaby 18:48 11:17 60 76
fuzz 18:52 13:12 69 88
Craven 18:53 13:58 73 93
tapbarker 19:01 11:10 58 74
Golvellius 19:10 19:25 101 129
rupe 19:14 11:24 59 75
GMcD 19:20 14:38 75 96
johninterred 20:00 15:39 78 100
jimwetzler 20:02 18:31 92 117
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 15:29 77 98
Looch 20:11 17:48 88 112
Hamish.S 20:25 18:36 91 116
pterodactyl 20:30 20:02 97 124
Dzhigit 21:37 18:39 86 110
gbestanley 21:40 18:07 83 106
mcjwright 21:47 15:32 71 91
Pootle pootle73 21:49 21:30 98 125
benedick 21:51 23:54 109 139
barracuda 22:11 18:52 85 108
John Arnold 22:25 15:28 68 87
Solver52 22:41 24:24 107 137
george.garlick 23:00 20:19 88 112
Achernar 23:01 13:50 60 76
sampson 23:06 16:14 70 89
peterh 23:12 23:36 101 129
poskir 23:15 20:33 88 112
colin2355 23:21 15:58 68 87
brian.mcnamara 23:28 22:20 95 121
jaraab 23:58 21:18 88 112
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 21:10 85 108
goblin 25:10 17:52 70 89
Bert Dove 25:34 23:50 93 119
endafk 26:07 19:24 74 94
tonym 26:20 26:53 102 130
GeorgeTz 26:23 17:05 64 82
KET 26:34 17:00 63 80
crosswordian 27:01 18:00 66 84
zythum 27:05 19:26 71 91
Chadwick 27:13 17:39 64 82
William M 27:50 21:10 76 97
Agsurfer 28:02 34:25 122 156
Manveru 28:15 22:28 79 101
Peter Sykes 28:35 23:43 82 105
James P special_bitter 28:55 21:45 75 96
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 18:05 61 78
Mkgnao 29:58 25:29 85 108
nekabue 30:09 24:00 79 101
alwsn8 30:47 23:15 75 96
NAPASAI napasai 31:00 20:10 65 83
HanS 31:35 33:19 105 134
Semillon 31:46 20:31 64 82
boltonwanderer 31:50 25:00 78 100
koro 32:13 24:52 77 98
ulaca ulaca 32:19 23:22 72 92
Big Nug 32:33 13:34 41 52
bobbb 32:59 19:48 60 76
SwissWavey 34:14 31:05 90 115
stainl665 34:41 39:12 113 144
maryht 34:41 41:03 118 151
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 20:01 55 70
Glyndwr 36:09 25:40 71 91
Archie 36:15 22:35 62 79
Curarist curarist 38:29 37:08 96 123
Gussie 38:32 26:05 67 85
SK42 38:38 35:46 92 117
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 32:14 82 105
Paulypops 39:37 40:00 100 128
Nangle 41:32 23:20 56 71
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 36:31 87 111
Dandy 43:05 30:17 70 89
Ronnie 43:22 44:33 102 130
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 31:59 70 89
MartinP martinp1 45:25 35:14 77 98
andrewmr 48:05 14:31 30 38
Masha 48:18 55:05 114 146
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 42:03 86 110
FrameShift 49:49 41:32 83 106
kjbr 54:27 69:29 127 162
jackk.larg 58:27 79:56 136 174

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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