Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27613

Date 16 March 2020
Number 27613
Day of week Monday
NITCH 92
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 21
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27613

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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 04:18 71 77
Eamon Ryan 06:21 07:04 111 120
Jason 06:56 07:39 110 119
escat49 07:08 08:44 122 132
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:16 95 103
mistigris 07:55 07:54 99 107
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 07:41 88 95
Midas 09:34 07:12 75 81
hilarym 09:48 07:46 79 85
asaldanha 09:49 12:02 122 132
boulemiche 10:16 08:45 85 92
chindit 10:40 09:07 85 92
Derek Harrison 11:07 11:52 106 115
jimpen 11:15 09:12 81 88
AlanS 11:21 07:01 61 66
lickert 11:27 11:29 100 108
glheard glheard 12:10 11:30 94 102
robertL 12:26 12:42 102 110
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 13:34 107 116
SimonAnthony 12:46 16:00 125 135
Kinghedger 12:52 14:16 110 119
Tom Stubbs 12:58 11:00 84 91
andy 13:01 13:42 105 114
p.wild 13:08 11:44 89 96
neilr 13:13 09:43 73 79
noidea 13:28 16:32 122 132
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 16:44 123 133
Spur58 13:35 15:27 113 122
Sheapey 13:51 15:32 112 121
fshephe 13:53 12:40 91 98
Silva 14:03 14:05 100 108
Groucho 14:11 11:56 84 91
KenG 15:42 10:27 66 71
HenryBW 16:04 09:42 60 65
cyrillic 16:24 11:24 69 75
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 14:11 84 91
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 18:07 100 108
LJCN 18:09 18:37 102 110
LouWeed 18:10 18:15 100 108
oshinmark 18:39 13:17 71 77
Carol 18:42 20:50 111 120
Squallaby 18:48 13:32 71 77
fuzz 18:52 16:21 86 93
tapbarker 19:01 23:17 122 132
Golvellius 19:10 22:41 118 128
rupe 19:14 13:26 69 75
GMcD 19:20 18:56 97 105
annelambirth 19:41 20:57 106 115
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 14:15 71 77
Looch 20:11 17:04 84 91
pterodactyl 20:30 17:58 87 94
andrewlake 21:39 114:06 527 572
gbestanley 21:40 18:44 86 93
Pootle pootle73 21:49 47:10 216 234
benedick 21:51 26:19 120 130
barracuda 22:11 19:31 87 94
EdP 22:21 18:18 81 88
Solver52 22:41 23:32 103 111
sampson 23:06 28:19 122 132
peterh 23:12 23:04 99 107
poskir 23:15 28:55 124 134
colin2355 23:21 27:53 119 129
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 17:08 73 79
hugh.schofield 24:03 16:19 67 72
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 26:26 106 115
Speedcop2 25:00 27:40 110 119
dec 25:01 24:54 99 107
goblin 25:10 23:22 92 100
frost 25:31 28:12 110 119
MartianAlien 26:04 27:08 104 113
endafk 26:07 18:57 72 78
GeorgeTz 26:23 22:31 85 92
crosswordian 27:01 33:52 125 135
zythum 27:05 33:34 123 133
pc8 27:50 23:18 83 90
William M 27:50 25:14 90 97
Manveru 28:15 33:47 119 129
Peter Sykes 28:35 31:11 109 118
Mkgnao 29:58 24:48 82 89
nekabue 30:09 28:00 92 100
Semillon 31:46 27:10 85 92
boltonwanderer 31:50 28:00 87 94
koro 32:13 41:18 128 139
ulaca ulaca 32:19 22:06 68 73
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 33:21 102 110
SwissWavey 34:14 34:41 101 109
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 31:01 90 97
Tudds 34:29 22:20 64 69
maryht 34:41 40:19 116 126
1234 34:52 31:34 90 97
Glyndwr 36:09 37:35 103 111
Archie 36:15 43:09 119 129
Curarist curarist 38:29 28:50 74 80
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 36:22 93 101
empty 39:20 43:13 109 118
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 69:01 152 165
MartinP martinp1 45:25 44:08 97 105
vissa 46:48 31:52 68 73
FrameShift 49:49 43:33 87 94
VictoriaW 53:48 32:19 60 65
kjbr 54:27 55:45 102 110
jackk.larg 58:27 55:39 95 103

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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