Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27616

Date 19 March 2020
Number 27616
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 101
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27616

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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 07:09 118 116
Jason 06:56 06:00 86 85
escat49 07:08 07:19 102 100
mistigris 07:55 06:41 84 83
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 07:15 83 82
richard 09:30 11:00 115 113
Midas 09:34 11:09 116 114
hilarym 09:48 10:30 107 105
Paul Gilbert 10:37 09:36 90 89
chindit 10:40 12:35 117 115
Derek Harrison 11:07 06:44 60 59
jimpen 11:15 10:17 91 90
AlanS 11:21 09:06 80 79
lickert 11:27 15:14 133 131
chriswords 11:32 14:49 128 126
scrabbler 11:47 10:28 88 87
glheard glheard 12:10 08:54 73 72
robertL 12:26 19:45 158 156
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 13:24 106 104
SimonAnthony 12:46 19:00 148 146
Kinghedger 12:52 14:44 114 112
Tom Stubbs 12:58 18:45 144 142
p.wild 13:08 09:56 75 74
neilr 13:13 14:22 108 106
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 13:48 102 100
Spur58 13:35 15:44 115 113
Sheapey 13:51 19:09 138 136
fshephe 13:53 13:31 97 96
Silva 14:03 18:20 130 128
Tibthorpe 15:10 18:00 118 116
Malcj malcj 15:17 21:29 140 138
Sue Sweeper 15:22 25:46 167 165
tunflog 15:54 17:51 112 110
HenryBW 16:04 13:17 82 81
cyrillic 16:24 23:15 141 139
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 23:01 136 134
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 18:08 100 99
LJCN 18:09 32:06 176 174
LouWeed 18:10 23:47 130 128
robinh 18:23 17:58 97 96
oshinmark 18:39 12:18 65 64
Squallaby 18:48 15:22 81 80
fuzz 18:52 21:53 115 113
Craven 18:53 22:30 119 117
tapbarker 19:01 20:55 109 107
Golvellius 19:10 28:44 149 147
rupe 19:14 29:08 151 149
RobR robrolfe 19:17 22:44 117 115
GMcD 19:20 19:46 102 100
annelambirth 19:41 23:10 117 115
jlancs228 19:43 24:29 124 122
johninterred 20:00 19:54 99 98
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 15:08 75 74
Looch 20:11 15:15 75 74
pterodactyl 20:30 21:50 106 104
kath 21:10 29:28 139 137
andrewlake 21:39 19:51 91 90
gbestanley 21:40 28:35 131 129
mcjwright 21:47 22:50 104 102
Pootle pootle73 21:49 47:03 215 212
benedick 21:51 24:39 112 110
barracuda 22:11 14:43 66 65
Solver52 22:41 19:00 83 82
george.garlick 23:00 37:40 163 161
sampson 23:06 30:47 133 131
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 37:55 164 162
THE Engineer 23:11 53:19 229 226
peterh 23:12 25:49 111 109
poskir 23:15 24:31 105 103
colin2355 23:21 20:27 87 86
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 17:40 75 74
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 32:02 128 126
Speedcop2 25:00 05:54 23 22
goblin 25:10 26:45 106 104
MartianAlien 26:04 29:58 114 112
tonym 26:20 03:18 12 11
crosswordian 27:01 21:41 80 79
Chadwick 27:13 38:53 142 140
William M 27:50 29:24 105 103
Agsurfer 28:02 19:17 68 67
Manveru 28:15 23:31 83 82
Peter Sykes 28:35 29:35 103 101
Edprof 29:53 32:02 107 105
Mkgnao 29:58 33:01 110 108
nekabue 30:09 32:54 109 107
alwsn8 30:47 03:50 12 11
Semillon 31:46 32:55 103 101
boltonwanderer 31:50 41:00 128 126
koro 32:13 29:12 90 89
ulaca ulaca 32:19 36:04 111 109
klamery4 33:26 14:10 42 41
FelicityTT 34:23 32:57 95 94
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 25:23 73 72
Tudds 34:29 22:40 65 64
maryht 34:41 33:00 95 94
1234 34:52 34:20 98 97
MrGrumpy 35:46 33:49 94 93
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 59:00 163 161
Curarist curarist 38:29 55:50 145 143
empty 39:20 52:00 132 130
Waterloo 40:33 105:55 261 258
Nangle 41:32 36:10 87 86
Ronnie 43:22 59:04 136 134
MartinP martinp1 45:25 69:20 152 150
Masha 48:18 65:13 135 133
FrameShift 49:49 65:00 130 128
kjbr 54:27 66:32 122 120

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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