Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27619

Date 23 March 2020
Number 27619
Day of week Monday
NITCH 74
Count of ref solvers 52
Ref solvers excluded with errors 3
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27619

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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
Jason 06:56 04:32 65 87
escat49 07:08 06:53 96 129
verlaine verlaine 07:36 07:40 100 135
mistigris 07:55 05:31 69 93
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 07:04 81 109
richard 09:30 08:34 90 121
Midas 09:34 06:48 71 95
hilarym 09:48 08:41 88 118
asaldanha 09:49 05:39 57 77
boulemiche 10:16 13:09 128 172
lili 10:35 12:48 120 162
Paul Gilbert 10:37 09:47 92 124
chindit 10:40 10:05 94 127
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 08:56 78 105
AlanS 11:21 06:21 55 74
scrabbler 11:47 07:53 66 89
ChuckB 12:02 11:02 91 122
glheard glheard 12:10 06:48 55 74
robertL 12:26 20:19 163 220
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 09:39 76 102
SimonAnthony 12:46 06:15 48 64
Kinghedger 12:52 11:39 90 121
Tom Stubbs 12:58 09:21 72 97
p.wild 13:08 11:38 88 118
noidea 13:28 10:20 76 102
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 08:48 65 87
Sheapey 13:51 09:28 68 91
fshephe 13:53 11:14 80 108
Silva 14:03 13:33 96 129
Stavros 14:04 09:55 70 94
Big Mick 14:52 15:25 103 139
canismiser 14:59 15:30 103 139
Tibthorpe 15:10 10:25 68 91
Malcj malcj 15:17 08:42 56 75
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 08:26 55 74
Sue Sweeper 15:22 14:48 96 129
KenG 15:42 11:27 72 97
tunflog 15:54 11:50 74 100
Spanna 16:02 14:05 87 117
HenryBW 16:04 11:54 74 100
mikegrocott 16:11 13:10 81 109
Eddddddd 16:12 13:59 86 116
cyrillic 16:24 09:30 57 77
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 13:34 80 108
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:21 68 91
LJCN 18:09 13:07 72 97
LouWeed 18:10 17:48 97 131
robinh 18:23 18:25 100 135
fuzz 18:52 26:31 140 189
Craven 18:53 14:46 78 105
tapbarker 19:01 11:43 61 82
Golvellius 19:10 13:42 71 95
RobR robrolfe 19:17 11:12 58 78
GMcD 19:20 17:26 90 121
annelambirth 19:41 18:13 92 124
jlancs228 19:43 19:31 98 132
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 16:50 84 113
johninterred 20:00 16:00 80 108
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 20:48 103 139
jimwetzler 20:02 13:10 65 87
Looch 20:11 14:52 73 98
pterodactyl 20:30 18:33 90 121
rrricharrrd 21:11 14:31 68 91
andrewlake 21:39 23:40 109 147
gbestanley 21:40 23:24 108 145
mcjwright 21:47 21:59 100 135
Pootle pootle73 21:49 15:47 72 97
benedick 21:51 19:58 91 122
barracuda 22:11 23:01 103 139
Solver52 22:41 23:22 103 139
george.garlick 23:00 18:54 82 110
sampson 23:06 18:48 81 109
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 15:11 65 87
peterh 23:12 16:09 69 93
poskir 23:15 18:37 80 108
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 15:42 67 90
jaraab 23:58 19:29 81 109
dec 25:01 25:09 100 135
goblin 25:10 19:21 76 102
tonym 26:20 22:44 86 116
KET 26:34 27:24 103 139
crosswordian 27:01 26:45 99 133
Chadwick 27:13 24:46 90 121
pc8 27:50 15:37 56 75
William M 27:50 19:49 71 95
Manveru 28:15 24:48 87 117
Jagsfan1971 28:26 19:00 66 89
James P special_bitter 28:55 17:17 59 79
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 28:00 95 128
Mkgnao 29:58 20:21 67 90
nekabue 30:09 20:45 68 91
joekobi 30:55 25:25 82 110
HanS 31:35 15:33 49 66
Semillon 31:46 28:53 90 121
boltonwanderer 31:50 23:00 72 97
koro 32:13 26:48 83 112
ulaca ulaca 32:19 34:31 106 143
klamery4 33:26 17:17 51 68
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 23:46 69 93
Tudds 34:29 20:58 60 81
joss henry 34:45 21:09 60 81
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 21:15 58 78
Archie 36:15 21:01 57 77
Crippens1 36:15 45:35 125 168
Curarist curarist 38:29 20:48 54 72
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 37:23 95 128
empty 39:20 41:09 104 140
Paulypops 39:37 30:11 76 102
Waterloo 40:33 21:00 51 68
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 47:35 114 154
Ronnie 43:22 42:18 97 131
symbenall2 44:52 29:33 65 87
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 39:44 87 117
Conman666 45:24 52:00 114 154
MartinP martinp1 45:25 54:50 120 162
andrewmr 48:05 35:33 73 98
Shushannah 48:44 33:50 69 93
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 23:48 48 64
FrameShift 49:49 65:16 131 177
jackk.larg 58:27 52:24 89 120

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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