Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27611

Date 13 March 2020
Number 27611
Day of week Friday
NITCH 126
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 15
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27611

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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 05:37 93 73
Jason 06:56 06:21 91 72
escat49 07:08 08:03 112 88
verlaine verlaine 07:36 08:04 106 84
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 14:32 167 132
Midas 09:34 11:55 124 98
hilarym 09:48 15:07 154 122
chindit 10:40 16:45 157 124
jimpen 11:15 10:36 94 74
AlanS 11:21 10:02 88 69
lickert 11:27 18:36 162 128
chriswords 11:32 12:56 112 88
scrabbler 11:47 15:36 132 104
ChuckB 12:02 17:15 143 113
robertL 12:26 20:24 164 130
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 11:32 91 72
SimonAnthony 12:46 37:35 294 233
Kinghedger 12:52 14:48 115 91
Tom Stubbs 12:58 11:46 90 71
p.wild 13:08 12:50 97 76
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 12:35 93 73
Sheapey 13:51 27:26 198 157
Silva 14:03 17:17 123 97
Stavros 14:04 15:59 113 89
Tibthorpe 15:10 18:50 124 98
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 14:42 95 75
Sue Sweeper 15:22 23:57 155 123
HenryBW 16:04 18:19 114 90
cyrillic 16:24 18:47 114 90
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 18:21 109 86
MK76 16:54 23:48 140 111
LouWeed 18:10 19:11 105 83
grape 18:14 30:20 166 131
oshinmark 18:39 11:15 60 47
Squallaby 18:48 13:48 73 57
fuzz 18:52 20:18 107 84
Craven 18:53 24:27 129 102
tapbarker 19:01 24:09 126 100
rupe 19:14 34:04 177 140
GMcD 19:20 18:41 96 76
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 19:39 98 77
johninterred 20:00 17:14 86 68
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 15:29 77 61
pterodactyl 20:30 29:27 143 113
andrewlake 21:39 58:16 269 213
gbestanley 21:40 28:53 133 105
Pootle pootle73 21:49 40:12 184 146
barracuda 22:11 25:50 116 92
Solver52 22:41 23:51 105 83
poskir 23:15 40:59 176 139
colin2355 23:21 108:45 465 369
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 31:42 135 107
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 32:17 129 102
goblin 25:10 36:25 144 114
crosswordian 27:01 31:37 117 92
fudgiebates 27:05 37:19 137 108
zythum 27:05 23:39 87 69
Chadwick 27:13 30:27 111 88
pc8 27:50 24:28 87 69
William M 27:50 45:00 161 127
Peter Sykes 28:35 46:36 163 129
James P special_bitter 28:55 54:56 189 150
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 63:12 216 171
Edprof 29:53 46:51 156 123
Mkgnao 29:58 52:11 174 138
nekabue 30:09 28:14 93 73
rosselliot 30:28 42:40 140 111
ratterz 31:30 27:36 87 69
Semillon 31:46 42:49 134 106
boltonwanderer 31:50 42:00 131 103
koro 32:13 44:40 138 109
ulaca ulaca 32:19 26:20 81 64
SwissWavey 34:14 29:20 85 67
FelicityTT 34:23 40:34 117 92
Tudds 34:29 35:58 104 82
stainl665 34:41 22:41 65 51
6098mr 36:35 89:19 244 193
Curarist curarist 38:29 46:41 121 96
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 49:43 127 100
empty 39:20 49:05 124 98
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 38:39 92 73
Maggot 44:35 54:04 121 96
dannyduncs dannyduncs 44:52 61:02 136 107
symbenall2 44:52 53:39 119 94
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 51:27 113 89
Conman666 45:24 38:55 85 67
MartinP martinp1 45:25 73:58 162 128
andrewmr 48:05 41:44 86 68
Shushannah 48:44 59:41 122 96
FrameShift 49:49 66:07 132 104
marp 56:39 59:45 105 83
kennethk 57:26 68:23 119 94

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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