Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27623

Date 27 March 2020
Number 27623
Day of week Friday
NITCH 98
Count of ref solvers 56
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27623

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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 06:27 106 108
Eamon Ryan 06:21 05:36 88 89
Jason 06:56 08:26 121 123
escat49 07:08 06:24 89 90
verlaine verlaine 07:36 06:14 82 83
mistigris 07:55 08:38 109 111
Contrarian2 contrarian2 08:37 06:22 73 74
richard 09:30 08:06 85 86
Midas 09:34 10:25 108 110
hilarym 09:48 10:12 104 106
Paul Gilbert 10:37 12:04 113 115
chindit 10:40 09:33 89 90
jimpen 11:15 12:00 106 108
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 17:44 156 159
AlanS 11:21 11:35 102 104
lickert 11:27 17:27 152 155
chriswords 11:32 13:42 118 120
scrabbler 11:47 14:26 122 124
tiggis 12:03 17:19 143 145
glheard glheard 12:10 12:01 98 100
keriothe_ keriothe 12:37 11:47 93 94
SimonAnthony 12:46 11:17 88 89
Kinghedger 12:52 10:48 83 84
Tom Stubbs 12:58 15:52 122 124
andy 13:01 11:20 87 88
p.wild 13:08 11:37 88 89
neilr 13:13 11:29 86 87
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:30 24:51 184 187
jim42078 13:40 14:15 104 106
Sheapey 13:51 18:13 131 133
fshephe 13:53 16:03 115 117
Silva 14:03 17:26 124 126
Stavros 14:04 13:20 94 95
Groucho 14:11 13:47 97 98
Ben Staveley 14:22 13:48 96 97
aphasic 14:27 16:00 110 112
canismiser 14:59 15:34 103 105
Tibthorpe 15:10 14:42 96 97
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:20 12:32 81 82
Sue Sweeper 15:22 14:54 96 97
KenG 15:42 20:16 129 131
Spanna 16:02 17:14 107 109
HenryBW 16:04 16:12 100 102
mikegrocott 16:11 15:27 95 96
Eddddddd 16:12 25:58 160 163
Crucifer 16:12 16:25 101 103
phthisis 16:19 16:53 103 105
cyrillic 16:24 16:03 97 98
David Crooks dcrooks 16:49 24:18 144 146
margaretl 17:46 16:57 95 96
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 18:00 18:21 101 103
LJCN 18:09 15:40 86 87
LouWeed 18:10 16:24 90 91
robinh 18:23 18:29 100 102
Squallaby 18:48 15:17 81 82
fuzz 18:52 18:09 96 97
Craven 18:53 19:26 102 104
tapbarker 19:01 18:16 96 97
Golvellius 19:10 20:03 104 106
GMcD 19:20 20:52 107 109
flounderbout 19:40 28:18 143 145
annelambirth 19:41 23:19 118 120
jlancs228 19:43 24:18 123 125
johninterred 20:00 17:47 88 89
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 20:02 17:22 86 87
Hamish.S 20:25 26:04 127 129
kath 21:10 21:02 99 101
Zander 21:31 16:47 78 79
Dzhigit 21:37 21:54 101 103
andrewlake 21:39 19:04 88 89
gbestanley 21:40 21:30 99 101
mcjwright 21:47 18:04 82 83
Pootle pootle73 21:49 18:29 84 85
benedick 21:51 16:52 77 78
barracuda 22:11 21:07 95 96
Solver52 22:41 26:12 115 117
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:06 23:02 99 101
THE Engineer 23:11 22:50 98 100
peterh 23:12 33:44 145 147
poskir 23:15 18:55 81 82
colin2355 23:21 17:02 72 73
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 23:22 26:00 111 113
brian.mcnamara 23:28 41:42 177 180
dec 25:01 18:35 74 75
goblin 25:10 27:17 108 110
Bert Dove 25:34 33:43 131 133
crosswordian 27:01 23:16 86 87
Chadwick 27:13 45:16 166 169
pc8 27:50 18:32 66 67
Manveru 28:15 27:12 96 97
Peter Sykes 28:35 42:25 148 151
Mkgnao 29:58 31:39 105 107
nekabue 30:09 28:01 92 93
rosselliot 30:28 26:32 87 88
joekobi 30:55 28:30 92 93
NAPASAI napasai 31:00 35:31 114 116
docg 31:14 29:07 93 94
HanS 31:35 41:19 130 132
Semillon 31:46 22:09 69 70
boltonwanderer 31:50 49:00 153 156
koro 32:13 23:23 72 73
ulaca ulaca 32:19 29:46 92 93
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 32:37 25:52 79 80
SwissWavey 34:14 21:59 64 65
Tudds 34:29 32:41 94 95
maryht 34:41 32:55 94 95
MrGrumpy 35:46 20:01 55 56
SlumdogEngineer 36:03 32:57 91 92
Glyndwr 36:09 36:07 99 101
Curarist curarist 38:29 28:51 74 75
empty 39:20 36:51 93 94
Waterloo 40:33 20:09 49 50
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 41:37 33:46 81 82
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 52:43 116 118
MartinP martinp1 45:25 49:27 108 110
vissa 46:48 49:46 106 108
andrewmr 48:05 25:03 52 53
Shushannah 48:44 46:06 94 95
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 27:02 55 56
FrameShift 49:49 44:08 88 89
marp 56:39 65:08 114 116

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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