Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27615

Date 18 March 2020
Number 27615
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 107
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 12
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27615

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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 05:50 96 89
Eamon Ryan 06:21 07:02 110 102
Jason 06:56 07:40 110 102
escat49 07:08 09:52 138 128
verlaine verlaine 07:36 11:04 145 135
mistigris 07:55 09:29 119 111
Contrarian2 contrarian2 08:37 10:37 123 114
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 09:27 108 100
richard 09:30 08:51 93 86
Midas 09:34 07:52 82 76
hilarym 09:48 10:44 109 101
chindit 10:40 10:37 99 92
jimpen 11:15 13:56 123 114
AlanS 11:21 09:04 79 73
lickert 11:27 14:29 126 117
scrabbler 11:47 11:09 94 87
robertL 12:26 20:04 161 150
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 17:58 142 132
SimonAnthony 12:46 14:51 116 108
Kinghedger 12:52 14:12 110 102
Tom Stubbs 12:58 11:52 91 85
andy 13:01 16:02 123 114
p.wild 13:08 13:25 102 95
neilr 13:13 13:34 102 95
noidea 13:28 14:16 105 98
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 15:57 118 110
jim42078 13:40 15:19 112 104
Sheapey 13:51 12:14 88 82
Tibthorpe 15:10 23:16 153 142
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 10:44 70 65
Sue Sweeper 15:22 23:09 150 140
Spanna 16:02 16:04 100 93
HenryBW 16:04 16:00 99 92
Crucifer 16:12 22:25 138 128
Eddddddd 16:12 19:27 120 112
cyrillic 16:24 17:54 109 101
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 22:24 133 124
MK76 16:54 22:06 130 121
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 20:32 114 106
LJCN 18:09 32:18 177 165
LouWeed 18:10 13:32 74 69
robinh 18:23 18:42 101 94
Squallaby 18:48 11:53 63 58
fuzz 18:52 19:22 102 95
Craven 18:53 21:55 116 108
tapbarker 19:01 19:45 103 96
GMcD 19:20 22:45 117 109
jlancs228 19:43 25:19 128 119
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 18:57 95 88
johninterred 20:00 20:43 103 96
Looch 20:11 18:35 92 85
pterodactyl 20:30 21:05 102 95
kath 21:10 21:03 99 92
andrewlake 21:39 22:19 103 96
mcjwright 21:47 34:49 159 148
benedick 21:51 26:05 119 111
Solver52 22:41 22:09 97 90
george.garlick 23:00 24:07 104 97
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 36:42 158 147
sampson 23:06 27:17 118 110
poskir 23:15 21:42 93 86
colin2355 23:21 27:13 116 108
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 22:26 96 89
brian.mcnamara 23:28 30:09 128 119
jaraab 23:58 20:58 87 81
goblin 25:10 21:11 84 78
endafk 26:07 34:04 130 121
tonym 26:20 18:29 70 65
crosswordian 27:01 37:19 138 128
Chadwick 27:13 31:58 117 109
pc8 27:50 33:33 120 112
Agsurfer 28:02 37:07 132 123
Peter Sykes 28:35 39:55 139 129
James P special_bitter 28:55 37:37 130 121
Mkgnao 29:58 44:27 148 138
nekabue 30:09 32:31 107 100
Semillon 31:46 30:01 94 87
boltonwanderer 31:50 31:00 97 90
koro 32:13 38:03 118 110
ulaca ulaca 32:19 47:48 147 137
bobbb 32:59 27:12 82 76
Jeeves 33:44 30:10 89 83
SwissWavey 34:14 41:19 120 112
Tudds 34:29 45:00 130 121
stainl665 34:41 28:11 81 75
MrGrumpy 35:46 36:57 103 96
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 35:42 99 92
Archie 36:15 38:12 105 98
Crippens1 36:15 49:59 137 128
6098mr 36:35 42:47 116 108
Curarist curarist 38:29 66:21 172 160
Gussie 38:32 33:10 86 80
empty 39:20 46:58 119 111
Paulypops 39:37 42:37 107 100
Waterloo 40:33 25:05 61 57
Nangle 41:32 70:53 170 158
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 37:17 89 83
symbenall2 44:52 35:06 78 72
MartinP martinp1 45:25 68:00 149 139
RaghuS 48:45 51:27 105 98
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 83:30 170 158
marp 56:39 51:54 91 85
jackk.larg 58:27 76:10 130 121

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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