Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27610

Date 12 March 2020
Number 27610
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 83
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27610

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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 04:38 72 86
Jason 06:56 05:54 85 102
escat49 07:08 06:36 92 110
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:26 71 85
mistigris 07:55 07:35 95 114
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 05:58 68 81
Midas 09:34 08:55 93 112
hilarym 09:48 07:48 79 95
asaldanha 09:49 10:18 104 125
chindit 10:40 07:39 71 85
jimpen 11:15 10:21 92 110
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 09:04 80 96
AlanS 11:21 09:58 87 104
chriswords 11:32 08:18 71 85
scrabbler 11:47 08:54 75 90
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 08:17 65 78
SimonAnthony 12:46 14:24 112 134
Kinghedger 12:52 14:59 116 139
Tom Stubbs 12:58 11:53 91 109
andy 13:01 12:17 94 113
p.wild 13:08 15:04 114 137
neilr 13:13 13:19 100 120
noidea 13:28 11:43 87 104
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 08:59 66 79
Sheapey 13:51 13:02 94 113
fshephe 13:53 10:50 78 93
Silva 14:03 14:47 105 126
Groucho 14:11 18:07 127 153
Ben Staveley 14:22 13:06 91 109
aphasic 14:27 13:01 90 108
Big Mick 14:52 19:33 131 157
canismiser 14:59 10:02 66 79
Tibthorpe 15:10 18:35 122 146
Malcj malcj 15:17 10:03 65 78
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 16:18 106 127
Sue Sweeper 15:22 09:50 63 75
KenG 15:42 14:37 93 112
njnclarke 15:45 15:02 95 114
HenryBW 16:04 09:24 58 69
Crucifer 16:12 13:27 83 100
cyrillic 16:24 18:45 114 137
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 16:30 98 118
MK76 16:54 23:21 138 166
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:24 68 81
LJCN 18:09 16:34 91 109
LouWeed 18:10 13:40 75 90
grape 18:14 15:46 86 103
oshinmark 18:39 11:53 63 75
Squallaby 18:48 14:09 75 90
fuzz 18:52 16:44 88 106
Craven 18:53 15:47 83 100
tapbarker 19:01 15:10 79 95
Golvellius 19:10 14:55 77 92
rupe 19:14 15:12 79 95
RobR robrolfe 19:17 17:13 89 107
GMcD 19:20 16:18 84 101
flounderbout 19:40 22:46 115 138
annelambirth 19:41 16:23 83 100
jlancs228 19:43 24:46 125 150
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 16:32 82 98
johninterred 20:00 13:09 65 78
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 13:57 69 83
jimwetzler 20:02 18:25 91 109
Looch 20:11 13:20 66 79
pterodactyl 20:30 17:44 86 103
andrewlake 21:39 19:51 91 109
gbestanley 21:40 23:49 109 131
mcjwright 21:47 16:25 75 90
Pootle pootle73 21:49 22:24 102 122
barracuda 22:11 23:01 103 124
John Arnold 22:25 22:46 101 121
Solver52 22:41 19:40 86 103
sampson 23:06 20:08 87 104
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 13:38 59 71
poskir 23:15 20:09 86 103
colin2355 23:21 17:09 73 87
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 20:29 87 104
brian.mcnamara 23:28 18:12 77 92
jaraab 23:58 14:01 58 69
hugh.schofield 24:03 22:13 92 110
puzzled1 24:19 24:28 100 120
goblin 25:10 30:57 122 146
timbo 25:31 25:44 100 120
Bert Dove 25:34 17:56 70 84
MartianAlien 26:04 23:29 90 108
endafk 26:07 25:02 95 114
GeorgeTz 26:23 28:01 106 127
KET 26:34 15:28 58 69
crosswordian 27:01 30:04 111 133
Chadwick 27:13 23:21 85 102
William M 27:50 23:39 84 101
James P special_bitter 28:55 28:05 97 116
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 25:59 88 106
Edprof 29:53 25:12 84 101
Mkgnao 29:58 22:50 76 91
Yatton50 30:07 25:22 84 101
nekabue 30:09 41:07 136 163
ratterz 31:30 20:36 65 78
Semillon 31:46 34:49 109 131
boltonwanderer 31:50 22:00 69 83
koro 32:13 34:21 106 127
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 28:25 87 104
JE59 33:16 30:12 90 108
SwissWavey 34:14 38:15 111 133
Tudds 34:29 21:07 61 73
stainl665 34:41 20:26 58 69
joss henry 34:45 29:10 83 100
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 28:24 78 93
Glyndwr 36:09 25:29 70 84
Curarist curarist 38:29 35:44 92 110
SK42 38:38 31:52 82 98
empty 39:20 31:05 79 95
Waterloo 40:33 23:09 57 68
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 30:34 73 87
Maggot 44:35 35:35 79 95
symbenall2 44:52 39:57 89 107
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 33:24 73 87
MartinP martinp1 45:25 41:18 90 108
andrewmr 48:05 37:36 78 93
Shushannah 48:44 45:43 93 112
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 58:00 118 142
FrameShift 49:49 48:57 98 118
kennethk 57:26 44:23 77 92
jackk.larg 58:27 104:16 178 214

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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