Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27605

Date 06 March 2020
Number 27605
Day of week Friday
NITCH 111
Count of ref solvers 68
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27605

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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 06:20 104 93
Eamon Ryan 06:21 06:35 103 92
Jason 06:56 07:02 101 90
escat49 07:08 10:27 146 131
mistigris 07:55 07:23 93 83
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 11:06 127 114
Midas 09:34 14:37 152 136
hilarym 09:48 16:14 165 148
chindit 10:40 09:48 91 81
Derek Harrison 11:07 09:26 84 75
jimpen 11:15 11:37 103 92
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 14:07 124 111
AlanS 11:21 08:41 76 68
lickert 11:27 14:26 126 113
chriswords 11:32 14:33 126 113
scrabbler 11:47 10:57 92 82
glheard glheard 12:10 13:25 110 99
robertL 12:26 08:23 67 60
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 15:38 123 110
SimonAnthony 12:46 11:46 92 82
Tom Stubbs 12:58 15:46 121 109
p.wild 13:08 16:53 128 115
neilr 13:13 14:07 106 95
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 15:49 117 105
Spur58 13:35 17:36 129 116
Sheapey 13:51 20:42 149 134
fshephe 13:53 15:56 114 102
Silva 14:03 13:00 92 82
Stavros 14:04 13:28 95 85
Tibthorpe 15:10 14:11 93 83
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 24:46 161 145
Sue Sweeper 15:22 17:45 115 103
KenG 15:42 21:06 134 120
njnclarke 15:45 41:48 265 238
mikegrocott 16:11 22:40 140 126
margaretl 17:46 22:19 125 112
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 22:59 127 114
LJCN 18:09 21:33 118 106
LouWeed 18:10 21:07 116 104
robinh 18:23 20:20 110 99
Squallaby 18:48 22:26 119 107
fuzz 18:52 16:11 85 76
Craven 18:53 22:02 116 104
Golvellius 19:10 22:38 118 106
rupe 19:14 19:59 103 92
RobR robrolfe 19:17 16:57 87 78
GMcD 19:20 22:31 116 104
annelambirth 19:41 25:56 131 118
johninterred 20:00 19:28 97 87
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 20:39 103 92
Looch 20:11 30:11 149 134
Hamish.S 20:25 24:55 122 109
pterodactyl 20:30 25:56 126 113
andrewlake 21:39 32:36 150 135
mcjwright 21:47 22:07 101 90
Pootle pootle73 21:49 18:00 82 73
benedick 21:51 29:38 135 121
barracuda 22:11 15:58 71 63
Solver52 22:41 23:37 104 93
george.garlick 23:00 42:28 184 165
sampson 23:06 34:29 149 134
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 34:06 147 132
peterh 23:12 21:44 93 83
poskir 23:15 21:46 93 83
colin2355 23:21 26:42 114 102
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 25:00 106 95
brian.mcnamara 23:28 30:59 132 118
jaraab 23:58 26:33 110 99
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 35:32 142 127
goblin 25:10 20:34 81 72
MartianAlien 26:04 24:40 94 84
endafk 26:07 44:45 171 154
GeorgeTz 26:23 30:30 115 103
crosswordian 27:01 26:53 99 89
zythum 27:05 26:19 97 87
Chadwick 27:13 31:04 114 102
pc8 27:50 34:59 125 112
William M 27:50 34:21 123 110
Jagsfan1971 28:26 34:09 120 108
James P special_bitter 28:55 44:06 152 136
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 47:41 163 146
Edprof 29:53 55:59 187 168
Mkgnao 29:58 35:38 118 106
alwsn8 30:47 40:41 132 118
ratterz 31:30 29:23 93 83
HanS 31:35 34:43 109 98
Semillon 31:46 29:06 91 81
koro 32:13 31:13 96 86
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 26:43 81 72
Paul H. Dear 33:25 36:25 108 97
SwissWavey 34:14 42:49 125 112
FelicityTT 34:23 42:50 124 111
Tudds 34:29 23:01 66 59
maryht 34:41 40:58 118 106
joss henry 34:45 38:25 110 99
1234 34:52 26:05 74 66
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 49:25 137 123
Glyndwr 36:09 52:36 145 130
Gussie 38:32 37:12 96 86
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 38:58 99 89
empty 39:20 40:12 102 91
Waterloo 40:33 19:58 49 44
Nangle 41:32 33:53 81 72
Dandy 43:05 87:19 202 181
symbenall2 44:52 43:45 97 87
MartinP martinp1 45:25 86:43 190 171
FrameShift 49:49 38:11 76 68
VictoriaW 53:48 72:58 135 121
kjbr 54:27 64:13 117 105
marp 56:39 54:42 96 86
kennethk 57:26 54:35 95 85

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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