Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27608

Date 10 March 2020
Number 27608
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 57
Count of ref solvers 57
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27608

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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 04:41 73 128
Jason 06:56 03:53 56 98
escat49 07:08 06:42 93 163
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:16 69 121
mistigris 07:55 06:18 79 138
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 03:54 44 77
richard 09:30 05:08 54 94
Midas 09:34 05:59 62 108
hilarym 09:48 05:40 57 100
asaldanha 09:49 06:08 62 108
boulemiche 10:16 08:00 77 135
Paul Gilbert 10:37 04:08 38 66
chindit 10:40 06:56 65 114
jimpen 11:15 07:11 63 110
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 07:33 66 115
AlanS 11:21 05:57 52 91
lickert 11:27 06:38 57 100
chriswords 11:32 07:23 64 112
scrabbler 11:47 08:31 72 126
ChuckB 12:02 09:16 77 135
tiggis 12:03 07:41 63 110
glheard glheard 12:10 06:28 53 92
robertL 12:26 07:41 61 107
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 07:41 60 105
Kinghedger 12:52 07:15 56 98
andy 13:01 08:16 63 110
p.wild 13:08 09:00 68 119
neilr 13:13 07:43 58 101
noidea 13:28 08:59 66 115
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 07:08 52 91
Sheapey 13:51 10:07 73 128
fshephe 13:53 07:36 54 94
John Walsh 13:57 12:19 88 154
Stavros 14:04 08:06 57 100
Groucho 14:11 10:52 76 133
aphasic 14:27 08:55 61 107
Big Mick 14:52 10:16 69 121
canismiser 14:59 09:36 64 112
Tibthorpe 15:10 08:48 58 101
Malcj malcj 15:17 08:06 52 91
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 08:08 53 92
Sue Sweeper 15:22 05:53 38 66
njnclarke 15:45 08:24 53 92
Spanna 16:02 13:32 84 147
HenryBW 16:04 08:19 51 89
mikegrocott 16:11 13:36 84 147
Eddddddd 16:12 12:53 79 138
cyrillic 16:24 09:03 55 96
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 11:33 68 119
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:04 67 117
LouWeed 18:10 11:47 64 112
grape 18:14 13:53 76 133
oshinmark 18:39 11:22 60 105
Squallaby 18:48 09:29 50 87
fuzz 18:52 10:10 53 92
Craven 18:53 12:03 63 110
tapbarker 19:01 12:19 64 112
Golvellius 19:10 11:09 58 101
rupe 19:14 08:42 45 78
RobR robrolfe 19:17 11:31 59 103
GMcD 19:20 10:35 54 94
jlancs228 19:43 13:27 68 119
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 18:54 94 164
johninterred 20:00 12:01 60 105
jimwetzler 20:02 11:23 56 98
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 10:03 50 87
Looch 20:11 08:53 44 77
Dzhigit 21:37 14:46 68 119
andrewlake 21:39 11:03 51 89
mcjwright 21:47 17:16 79 138
Pootle pootle73 21:49 08:10 37 64
benedick 21:51 13:13 60 105
barracuda 22:11 09:07 41 71
Achernar 23:01 12:59 56 98
sampson 23:06 16:04 69 121
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 13:02 56 98
THE Engineer 23:11 15:06 65 114
poskir 23:15 20:24 87 152
colin2355 23:21 14:30 62 108
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 14:48 63 110
hugh.schofield 24:03 08:29 35 61
dec 25:01 19:52 79 138
goblin 25:10 19:46 78 136
timbo 25:31 05:17 20 35
Bert Dove 25:34 20:40 80 140
endafk 26:07 14:27 55 96
tonym 26:20 17:35 66 115
crosswordian 27:01 19:38 72 126
zythum 27:05 15:46 58 101
Chadwick 27:13 19:56 73 128
William M 27:50 15:25 55 96
pc8 27:50 12:57 46 80
Manveru 28:15 18:54 66 115
Jagsfan1971 28:26 12:42 44 77
Peter Sykes 28:35 30:43 107 187
James P special_bitter 28:55 13:51 47 82
Mkgnao 29:58 14:01 46 80
Yatton50 30:07 30:41 101 177
nekabue 30:09 16:29 54 94
rosselliot 30:28 15:54 52 91
HanS 31:35 34:34 109 191
boltonwanderer 31:50 16:00 50 87
koro 32:13 24:40 76 133
ulaca ulaca 32:19 17:18 53 92
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 22:54 70 122
JE59 33:16 25:21 76 133
klamery4 33:26 19:38 58 101
Jeeves 33:44 15:18 45 78
SwissWavey 34:14 14:28 42 73
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 21:45 63 110
Tudds 34:29 14:41 42 73
maryht 34:41 23:42 68 119
joss henry 34:45 20:44 59 103
empty 39:20 35:49 91 159
Paulypops 39:37 22:12 56 98
Waterloo 40:33 15:59 39 68
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 33:56 81 142
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 24:53 55 96
MartinP martinp1 45:25 25:05 55 96
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 25:35 52 91
FrameShift 49:49 33:03 66 115
marp 56:39 31:27 55 96
kennethk 57:26 23:34 41 71

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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