Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27602

Date 03 March 2020
Number 27602
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 87
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27602

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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 06:02 05:46 95 109
Jason 06:56 06:18 90 103
escat49 07:08 07:21 103 118
verlaine verlaine 07:36 09:33 125 143
mistigris 07:55 06:06 77 88
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 07:37 87 100
richard 09:30 10:17 108 124
Midas 09:34 08:27 88 101
hilarym 09:48 06:54 70 80
asaldanha 09:49 08:26 85 97
chindit 10:40 07:21 68 78
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 09:51 86 98
AlanS 11:21 07:39 67 77
chriswords 11:32 11:11 96 110
scrabbler 11:47 09:58 84 96
tiggis 12:03 10:49 89 102
robertL 12:26 09:34 76 87
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 19:37 155 178
SimonAnthony 12:46 13:24 104 119
Kinghedger 12:52 11:05 86 98
Tom Stubbs 12:58 09:50 75 86
andy 13:01 15:33 119 136
trux 13:02 17:13 132 151
p.wild 13:08 11:29 87 100
neilr 13:13 13:32 102 117
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 13:26 99 113
Spur58 13:35 12:19 90 103
Sheapey 13:51 11:08 80 91
fshephe 13:53 16:40 120 137
Silva 14:03 12:12 86 98
Stavros 14:04 09:29 67 77
Groucho 14:11 16:53 119 136
Ben Staveley 14:22 11:32 80 91
aphasic 14:27 14:28 100 114
canismiser 14:59 10:12 68 78
Tibthorpe 15:10 13:01 85 97
Malcj malcj 15:17 19:08 125 143
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 14:05 91 104
Sue Sweeper 15:22 11:42 76 87
KenG 15:42 17:11 109 125
njnclarke 15:45 25:27 161 185
HenryBW 16:04 12:24 77 88
Eddddddd 16:12 25:22 156 179
Crucifer 16:12 18:32 114 131
cyrillic 16:24 19:14 117 134
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 11:55 70 80
MK76 16:54 18:54 111 127
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:55 71 81
LJCN 18:09 18:05 99 113
LouWeed 18:10 23:33 129 148
oshinmark 18:39 18:46 100 114
Squallaby 18:48 14:16 75 86
fuzz 18:52 15:11 80 91
tapbarker 19:01 11:18 59 67
Golvellius 19:10 18:38 97 111
rupe 19:14 18:41 97 111
RobR robrolfe 19:17 16:08 83 95
GMcD 19:20 15:21 79 90
annelambirth 19:41 20:06 102 117
jlancs228 19:43 27:41 140 160
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 20:10 101 116
johninterred 20:00 17:14 86 98
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 15:18 76 87
jimwetzler 20:02 17:06 85 97
Looch 20:11 15:14 75 86
kath 21:10 18:42 88 101
Dzhigit 21:37 28:29 131 150
andrewlake 21:39 22:10 102 117
gbestanley 21:40 22:10 102 117
Pootle pootle73 21:49 36:48 168 193
benedick 21:51 17:13 78 89
barracuda 22:11 25:21 114 131
Solver52 22:41 18:36 81 93
george.garlick 23:00 19:08 83 95
Achernar 23:01 19:26 84 96
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 21:57 95 109
peterh 23:12 04:17 18 20
poskir 23:15 18:46 80 91
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 21:25 91 104
brian.mcnamara 23:28 22:37 96 110
jaraab 23:58 23:18 97 111
hugh.schofield 24:03 13:17 55 63
goblin 25:10 22:17 88 101
MartianAlien 26:04 29:32 113 129
endafk 26:07 30:31 116 133
tonym 26:20 17:48 67 77
KET 26:34 19:39 73 83
Chadwick 27:13 27:19 100 114
William M 27:50 18:56 68 78
Agsurfer 28:02 41:23 147 168
Manveru 28:15 22:40 80 91
Peter Sykes 28:35 35:03 122 140
James P special_bitter 28:55 20:46 71 81
Mkgnao 29:58 24:32 81 93
alwsn8 30:47 32:52 106 121
Semillon 31:46 24:05 75 86
Clovis 31:47 55:24 174 200
boltonwanderer 31:50 38:00 119 136
koro 32:13 32:37 101 116
ulaca ulaca 32:19 30:28 94 108
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 31:20 96 110
klamery4 33:26 20:53 62 71
Jeeves 33:44 20:48 61 70
SwissWavey 34:14 35:57 105 120
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 22:11 64 73
Tudds 34:29 27:36 80 91
maryht 34:41 28:09 81 93
joss henry 34:45 38:51 111 127
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 19:38 54 62
Glyndwr 36:09 40:10 111 127
Curarist curarist 38:29 37:52 98 112
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 35:28 90 103
empty 39:20 40:36 103 118
Paulypops 39:37 40:53 103 118
Waterloo 40:33 18:11 44 50
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 35:58 86 98
Dandy 43:05 33:13 77 88
Ronnie 43:22 39:12 90 103
symbenall2 44:52 32:12 71 81
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 45:24 100 114
MartinP martinp1 45:25 18:43 41 47
Masha 48:18 34:20 71 81
Shushannah 48:44 59:02 121 139
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 62:55 128 147
FrameShift 49:49 58:55 118 135
jackk.larg 58:27 51:50 88 101

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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