Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27614

Date 17 March 2020
Number 27614
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 96
Count of ref solvers 62
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27614

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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 06:04 100 104
Eamon Ryan 06:21 07:22 116 120
Jason 06:56 06:02 87 90
escat49 07:08 07:28 104 108
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:34 99 103
mistigris 07:55 07:42 97 101
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 07:22 84 87
richard 09:30 09:49 103 107
asaldanha 09:49 13:21 135 140
boulemiche 10:16 08:47 85 88
Paul Gilbert 10:37 14:43 138 143
chindit 10:40 11:29 107 111
jimpen 11:15 11:31 102 106
AlanS 11:21 10:24 91 94
lickert 11:27 20:04 175 182
chriswords 11:32 14:06 122 127
scrabbler 11:47 14:06 119 123
tiggis 12:03 10:28 86 89
glheard glheard 12:10 11:08 91 94
robertL 12:26 10:48 86 89
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 11:33 91 94
SimonAnthony 12:46 13:47 107 111
Tom Stubbs 12:58 13:52 106 110
andy 13:01 14:29 111 115
p.wild 13:08 11:45 89 92
neilr 13:13 20:58 158 164
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 12:48 94 97
Spur58 13:35 16:04 118 122
Sheapey 13:51 12:18 88 91
fshephe 13:53 14:44 106 110
John Walsh 13:57 16:12 116 120
Silva 14:03 09:50 69 71
Stavros 14:04 12:34 89 92
Ben Staveley 14:22 22:03 153 159
aphasic 14:27 17:54 123 128
canismiser 14:59 10:33 70 72
Tibthorpe 15:10 16:23 108 112
Malcj malcj 15:17 16:45 109 113
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 15:13 99 103
Sue Sweeper 15:22 18:18 119 123
KenG 15:42 16:40 106 110
njnclarke 15:45 16:38 105 109
HenryBW 16:04 13:57 86 89
mikegrocott 16:11 19:02 117 121
Crucifer 16:12 18:51 116 120
Eddddddd 16:12 17:13 106 110
phthisis 16:19 14:45 90 93
cyrillic 16:24 19:06 116 120
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 13:14 78 81
MK76 16:54 24:46 146 152
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 20:52 115 119
LJCN 18:09 12:20 67 69
LouWeed 18:10 13:22 73 76
robinh 18:23 23:21 127 132
Squallaby 18:48 12:48 68 70
Craven 18:53 18:06 95 98
tapbarker 19:01 15:34 81 84
rupe 19:14 24:38 128 133
RobR robrolfe 19:17 25:56 134 139
GMcD 19:20 19:32 101 105
annelambirth 19:41 20:18 103 107
jlancs228 19:43 24:15 122 127
johninterred 20:00 11:06 55 57
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 16:50 84 87
Looch 20:11 15:11 75 78
Hamish.S 20:25 21:58 107 111
pterodactyl 20:30 21:04 102 106
kath 21:10 27:52 131 136
andrewlake 21:39 24:40 113 117
mcjwright 21:47 22:29 103 107
barracuda 22:11 22:55 103 107
Solver52 22:41 26:43 117 121
george.garlick 23:00 21:12 92 95
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 27:31 119 123
peterh 23:12 25:33 110 114
poskir 23:15 20:41 88 91
colin2355 23:21 19:39 84 87
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 15:40 67 69
brian.mcnamara 23:28 33:47 143 148
jaraab 23:58 21:44 90 93
puzzled1 24:19 03:09 12 12
dec 25:01 19:53 79 82
goblin 25:10 22:33 89 92
endafk 26:07 27:33 105 109
tonym 26:20 24:52 94 97
crosswordian 27:01 20:39 76 79
fudgiebates 27:05 28:44 106 110
Chadwick 27:13 30:38 112 116
pc8 27:50 16:19 58 60
Manveru 28:15 32:40 115 119
Peter Sykes 28:35 39:54 139 144
Edprof 29:53 29:34 98 102
Mkgnao 29:58 26:07 87 90
nekabue 30:09 24:34 81 84
joekobi 30:55 26:30 85 88
NAPASAI napasai 31:00 32:45 105 109
HanS 31:35 32:42 103 107
Semillon 31:46 18:59 59 61
boltonwanderer 31:50 44:00 138 143
koro 32:13 36:55 114 118
ulaca ulaca 32:19 57:58 179 186
Big Nug 32:33 35:44 109 113
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 25:38 78 81
JE59 33:16 38:29 115 119
SwissWavey 34:14 31:40 92 95
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 38:11 110 114
Tudds 34:29 28:47 83 86
stainl665 34:41 21:49 62 64
joss henry 34:45 23:23 67 69
1234 34:52 45:49 131 136
Crippens1 36:15 58:46 162 168
Curarist curarist 38:29 30:33 79 82
empty 39:20 36:47 93 96
Paulypops 39:37 33:50 85 88
Waterloo 40:33 19:31 48 50
Nangle 41:32 35:47 86 89
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 45:14 108 112
Ronnie 43:22 59:01 136 141
symbenall2 44:52 55:34 123 128
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 31:09 68 70
MartinP martinp1 45:25 48:07 105 109
andrewmr 48:05 32:41 67 69
FrameShift 49:49 48:52 98 102
kjbr 54:27 48:00 88 91
marp 56:39 40:37 71 73
kennethk 57:26 38:39 67 69
jackk.larg 58:27 108:57 186 193

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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