Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27620

Date 24 March 2020
Number 27620
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 126
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 10
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27620

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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
Eamon Ryan 06:21 08:14 129 102
Jason 06:56 08:38 124 98
escat49 07:08 07:28 104 82
verlaine verlaine 07:36 09:53 130 103
mistigris 07:55 08:23 105 83
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 13:23 153 121
richard 09:30 16:43 175 138
Midas 09:34 12:38 132 104
asaldanha 09:49 16:31 168 133
lili 10:35 11:45 111 88
chindit 10:40 16:41 156 123
jimpen 11:15 12:49 113 89
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 19:28 171 135
AlanS 11:21 17:53 157 124
lickert 11:27 15:38 136 107
chriswords 11:32 11:13 97 76
glheard glheard 12:10 14:51 122 96
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 12:33 99 78
SimonAnthony 12:46 14:46 115 91
Kinghedger 12:52 13:44 106 84
Tom Stubbs 12:58 15:05 116 92
andy 13:01 17:15 132 104
p.wild 13:08 14:23 109 86
neilr 13:13 17:17 130 103
Sheapey 13:51 17:08 123 97
Silva 14:03 21:52 155 123
Tibthorpe 15:10 28:45 189 150
Malcj malcj 15:17 22:25 146 115
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 22:59 149 118
Sue Sweeper 15:22 17:33 114 90
KenG 15:42 16:07 102 80
tunflog 15:54 18:01 113 89
mikegrocott 16:11 26:49 165 130
Crucifer 16:12 21:25 132 104
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 20:10 119 94
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 20:28 113 89
LJCN 18:09 23:49 131 103
LouWeed 18:10 24:07 132 104
robinh 18:23 23:09 125 99
Squallaby 18:48 35:51 190 150
fuzz 18:52 50:54 269 213
Craven 18:53 25:43 136 107
tapbarker 19:01 22:09 116 92
Golvellius 19:10 25:52 134 106
rupe 19:14 52:39 273 216
GMcD 19:20 31:50 164 130
flounderbout 19:40 35:33 180 142
annelambirth 19:41 31:44 161 127
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 22:04 110 87
johninterred 20:00 25:26 127 100
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 19:25 96 76
Looch 20:11 28:43 142 112
pterodactyl 20:30 20:42 100 79
Zander 21:31 20:20 94 74
andrewlake 21:39 44:47 206 163
gbestanley 21:40 30:07 139 110
Pootle pootle73 21:49 25:32 117 92
benedick 21:51 22:26 102 80
barracuda 22:11 29:19 132 104
peterh 23:12 31:34 136 107
poskir 23:15 27:22 117 92
colin2355 23:21 25:41 109 86
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 30:11 129 102
dec 25:01 37:58 151 119
goblin 25:10 29:14 116 92
MartianAlien 26:04 28:37 109 86
crosswordian 27:01 29:48 110 87
zythum 27:05 33:13 122 96
fudgiebates 27:05 55:15 204 161
William M 27:50 40:47 146 115
Jagsfan1971 28:26 39:23 138 109
James P special_bitter 28:55 44:55 155 123
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 35:34 121 96
Mkgnao 29:58 40:52 136 107
nekabue 30:09 30:52 102 80
HanS 31:35 23:16 73 57
Semillon 31:46 31:02 97 76
boltonwanderer 31:50 64:00 201 159
koro 32:13 50:43 157 124
ulaca ulaca 32:19 62:50 194 153
Big Nug 32:33 11:21 34 26
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 64:17 197 156
bobbb 32:59 32:13 97 76
klamery4 33:26 23:13 69 54
SwissWavey 34:14 60:22 176 139
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 46:18 134 106
Tudds 34:29 41:02 118 93
maryht 34:41 44:57 129 102
1234 34:52 46:31 133 105
Glyndwr 36:09 73:06 202 160
Crippens1 36:15 36:29 100 79
Gussie 38:32 58:41 152 120
empty 39:20 55:01 139 110
Waterloo 40:33 36:24 89 70
Nangle 41:32 41:14 99 78
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 40:48 98 77
Ronnie 43:22 66:57 154 122
symbenall2 44:52 49:18 109 86
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 90:49 200 158
Conman666 45:24 53:42 118 93
MartinP martinp1 45:25 73:15 161 127
andrewmr 48:05 61:41 128 101
Shushannah 48:44 54:47 112 88
RaghuS 48:45 79:53 163 129
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 76:31 156 123
FrameShift 49:49 63:28 127 100
VictoriaW 53:48 45:54 85 67
kjbr 54:27 90:52 166 131
marp 56:39 72:12 127 100

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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