Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27604

Date 05 March 2020
Number 27604
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 143
Count of ref solvers 53
Ref solvers excluded with errors 24
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27604

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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 09:15 153 106
Jason 06:56 09:22 135 94
escat49 07:08 08:30 119 83
verlaine verlaine 07:36 11:30 151 105
mistigris 07:55 13:55 175 122
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 12:41 145 101
Midas 09:34 14:45 154 107
Derek Harrison 11:07 10:37 95 66
jimpen 11:15 10:33 93 65
AlanS 11:21 12:09 107 74
chriswords 11:32 07:52 68 47
scrabbler 11:47 17:37 149 104
glheard glheard 12:10 12:40 104 72
SimonAnthony 12:46 18:38 145 101
Tom Stubbs 12:58 17:41 136 95
trux 13:02 16:23 125 87
p.wild 13:08 13:30 102 71
neilr 13:13 19:11 145 101
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 17:09 127 88
Spur58 13:35 19:48 145 101
fshephe 13:53 18:13 131 91
Silva 14:03 23:54 170 118
Stavros 14:04 22:03 156 109
Big Mick 14:52 15:36 104 72
Sue Sweeper 15:22 32:58 214 149
KenG 15:42 20:19 129 90
mikegrocott 16:11 20:58 129 90
cyrillic 16:24 42:33 259 181
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 20:20 120 83
margaretl 17:46 22:32 126 88
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 27:05 150 104
LJCN 18:09 24:28 134 93
LouWeed 18:10 26:46 147 102
robinh 18:23 24:53 135 94
fuzz 18:52 19:25 102 71
Craven 18:53 26:16 139 97
rupe 19:14 40:25 210 146
GMcD 19:20 27:45 143 100
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 19:19 96 67
johninterred 20:00 20:53 104 72
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 25:14 125 87
gbestanley 21:40 30:32 140 97
Pootle pootle73 21:49 21:04 96 67
barracuda 22:11 29:24 132 92
Solver52 22:41 28:21 124 86
colin2355 23:21 42:01 179 125
brian.mcnamara 23:28 38:38 164 114
goblin 25:10 37:47 150 104
MartianAlien 26:04 28:33 109 76
endafk 26:07 38:06 145 101
crosswordian 27:01 26:49 99 69
fudgiebates 27:05 43:28 160 111
zythum 27:05 42:27 156 109
Chadwick 27:13 28:09 103 72
pc8 27:50 56:00 201 140
William M 27:50 49:26 177 123
James P special_bitter 28:55 53:43 185 129
Edprof 29:53 54:01 180 125
nekabue 30:09 37:36 124 86
alwsn8 30:47 34:56 113 79
HanS 31:35 33:19 105 73
Semillon 31:46 50:53 160 111
boltonwanderer 31:50 47:00 147 102
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 41:09 126 88
bobbb 32:59 29:58 90 62
Jeeves 33:44 70:42 209 146
SwissWavey 34:14 83:50 244 170
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 45:11 131 91
Glyndwr 36:09 55:17 152 106
6098mr 36:35 55:33 151 105
SK42 38:38 48:39 125 87
empty 39:20 55:48 141 98
dannyduncs dannyduncs 44:52 98:16 219 153
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 59:45 132 92
MartinP martinp1 45:25 99:27 218 152
FrameShift 49:49 53:41 107 74
VictoriaW 53:48 60:45 112 78

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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