Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27622

Date 26 March 2020
Number 27622
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 60
Count of ref solvers 54
Ref solvers excluded with errors 29
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27622

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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 03:14 53 88
Eamon Ryan 06:21 05:14 82 136
Jason 06:56 03:31 50 83
escat49 07:08 06:32 91 151
verlaine verlaine 07:36 05:24 71 118
aphis99 aphis99 08:42 04:23 50 83
richard 09:30 05:54 62 103
Midas 09:34 06:11 64 106
hilarym 09:48 05:12 53 88
asaldanha 09:49 04:57 50 83
boulemiche 10:16 07:26 72 120
jimpen 11:15 11:08 98 163
AlanS 11:21 05:36 49 81
ChuckB 12:02 09:03 75 125
robertL 12:26 07:15 58 96
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 07:05 56 93
SimonAnthony 12:46 06:42 52 86
p.wild 13:08 10:46 81 135
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 06:03 44 73
Spur58 13:35 08:59 66 110
Sheapey 13:51 10:10 73 121
fshephe 13:53 11:43 84 140
Silva 14:03 08:04 57 95
Groucho 14:11 11:05 78 130
Ben Staveley 14:22 10:34 73 121
aphasic 14:27 08:13 56 93
Big Mick 14:52 12:58 87 145
Tibthorpe 15:10 10:11 67 111
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 09:17 60 100
njnclarke 15:45 11:28 72 120
tunflog 15:54 10:30 66 110
Spanna 16:02 10:29 65 108
HenryBW 16:04 06:26 40 66
phthisis 16:19 11:17 69 115
cyrillic 16:24 10:52 66 110
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 08:37 51 85
margaretl 17:46 14:53 83 138
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 12:06 67 111
LouWeed 18:10 18:46 103 171
oshinmark 18:39 09:54 53 88
fuzz 18:52 12:29 66 110
tapbarker 19:01 15:21 80 133
rupe 19:14 07:19 38 63
RobR robrolfe 19:17 12:48 66 110
GMcD 19:20 18:10 93 155
johninterred 20:00 11:53 59 98
Dzhigit 21:37 15:20 70 116
andrewlake 21:39 12:03 55 91
gbestanley 21:40 24:29 113 188
mcjwright 21:47 11:51 54 90
Pootle pootle73 21:49 16:55 77 128
benedick 21:51 16:40 76 126
EdP 22:21 21:00 93 155
Solver52 22:41 20:49 91 151
howardwilde 22:42 16:09 71 118
sampson 23:06 17:24 75 125
THE Engineer 23:11 24:56 107 178
peterh 23:12 14:21 61 101
poskir 23:15 20:15 87 145
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 09:24 40 66
jaraab 23:58 15:35 65 108
puzzled1 24:19 17:31 72 120
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:52 14:39 58 96
dec 25:01 14:53 59 98
goblin 25:10 17:11 68 113
endafk 26:07 15:13 58 96
Agsurfer 28:02 36:06 128 213
Manveru 28:15 17:34 62 103
Jagsfan1971 28:26 21:31 75 125
Peter Sykes 28:35 25:28 89 148
James P special_bitter 28:55 17:37 60 100
phmfantom phmfantom 29:15 16:35 56 93
Edprof 29:53 19:24 64 106
Mkgnao 29:58 16:43 55 91
nekabue 30:09 23:58 79 131
joekobi 30:55 18:42 60 100
Semillon 31:46 11:47 37 61
boltonwanderer 31:50 18:00 56 93
koro 32:13 23:39 73 121
ulaca ulaca 32:19 28:50 89 148
Big Nug 32:33 07:20 22 36
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 17:11 52 86
Tudds 34:29 17:58 52 86
1234 34:52 16:51 48 80
MrGrumpy 35:46 13:09 36 60
Glyndwr 36:09 36:02 99 165
Archie 36:15 17:26 48 80
Crippens1 36:15 27:50 76 126
Mike Harper 84801442 38:59 28:56 74 123
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 23:08 55 91
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 35:21 78 130
MartinP martinp1 45:25 22:46 50 83
FrameShift 49:49 40:15 80 133

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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