Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27621

Date 25 March 2020
Number 27621
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 165
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27621

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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 08:30 140 84
Jason 06:56 12:06 174 105
escat49 07:08 12:48 179 108
verlaine verlaine 07:36 13:41 180 109
mistigris 07:55 15:06 190 115
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 14:44 169 102
richard 09:30 23:49 250 151
Midas 09:34 16:25 171 103
asaldanha 09:49 15:31 158 95
chindit 10:40 19:14 180 109
jimpen 11:15 12:20 109 66
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 22:47 201 121
AlanS 11:21 22:31 198 120
lickert 11:27 21:32 188 113
scrabbler 11:47 17:10 145 87
glheard glheard 12:10 26:30 217 131
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 44:57 356 215
SimonAnthony 12:46 21:24 167 101
Kinghedger 12:52 18:14 141 85
Tom Stubbs 12:58 20:05 154 93
andy 13:01 24:43 189 114
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 21:56 162 98
Spur58 13:35 16:59 125 75
fshephe 13:53 20:57 150 90
Silva 14:03 25:19 180 109
Stavros 14:04 32:41 232 140
Tibthorpe 15:10 39:14 258 156
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 25:00 163 98
Sue Sweeper 15:22 41:12 268 162
KenG 15:42 27:58 178 107
HenryBW 16:04 21:30 133 80
mikegrocott 16:11 23:59 148 89
Crucifer 16:12 26:36 164 99
phthisis 16:19 27:00 165 100
cyrillic 16:24 18:42 114 69
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 21:23 127 76
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 30:16 168 101
LJCN 18:09 48:24 266 161
LouWeed 18:10 26:36 146 88
Squallaby 18:48 26:22 140 84
fuzz 18:52 20:09 106 64
Craven 18:53 26:42 141 85
tapbarker 19:01 35:36 187 113
GMcD 19:20 31:42 163 98
MichelinPoitiers 19:56 25:17 126 76
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 33:22 166 100
Looch 20:11 33:18 164 99
andrewlake 21:39 42:33 196 118
barracuda 22:11 26:29 119 72
Solver52 22:41 32:29 143 86
peterh 23:12 44:22 191 115
colin2355 23:21 29:56 128 77
brian.mcnamara 23:28 36:41 156 94
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 50:11 201 121
dec 25:01 32:34 130 78
goblin 25:10 36:31 145 87
MartianAlien 26:04 33:02 126 76
crosswordian 27:01 38:09 141 85
zythum 27:05 35:26 130 78
Chadwick 27:13 34:49 127 76
Agsurfer 28:02 30:29 108 65
Jagsfan1971 28:26 38:12 134 81
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 55:12 188 113
Mkgnao 29:58 55:02 183 110
nekabue 30:09 67:16 223 135
joekobi 30:55 50:00 161 97
HanS 31:35 26:08 82 49
Semillon 31:46 38:07 119 72
boltonwanderer 31:50 58:00 182 110
koro 32:13 33:53 105 63
ulaca ulaca 32:19 67:39 209 126
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 59:38 182 110
klamery4 33:26 23:44 70 42
Jeeves 33:44 58:51 174 105
SwissWavey 34:14 71:11 207 125
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 34:26 38:00 110 66
Tudds 34:29 75:49 219 132
1234 34:52 71:28 204 123
Gussie 38:32 55:03 142 86
empty 39:20 43:56 111 67
Waterloo 40:33 37:23 92 55
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 63:17 152 92
Ronnie 43:22 85:48 197 119
symbenall2 44:52 62:58 140 84
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 85:47 189 114
MartinP martinp1 45:25 89:58 198 120
Masha 48:18 102:27 212 128
RaghuS 48:45 80:37 165 100
FrameShift 49:49 81:48 164 99
VictoriaW 53:48 35:13 65 39
marp 56:39 92:55 164 99

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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