Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27625

Date 30 March 2020
Number 27625
Day of week Monday
NITCH 60
Count of ref solvers 53
Ref solvers excluded with errors 4
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27625

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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 05:59 03:53 64 106
Eamon Ryan 06:14 04:06 65 108
Jason 06:47 04:35 67 111
escat49 07:33 06:45 89 148
verlaine verlaine 07:33 03:53 51 85
mistigris 07:52 05:18 67 111
aphis99 aphis99 08:38 04:49 55 91
richard 09:26 06:35 69 115
Midas 09:33 07:07 74 123
hilarym 09:45 05:59 61 101
asaldanha 09:47 05:37 57 95
boulemiche 10:16 06:23 62 103
Paul Gilbert 10:37 05:16 49 81
chindit 10:37 07:33 71 118
jimpen 11:15 11:23 101 168
AlanS 11:20 06:22 56 93
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 06:59 61 101
chriswords 11:28 09:09 79 131
lickert 11:29 10:28 91 151
tiggis 11:42 10:57 93 155
ChuckB 12:02 11:29 95 158
scrabbler 12:08 08:42 71 118
glheard glheard 12:16 08:14 67 111
SimonAnthony 12:38 05:32 43 71
keriothe_ keriothe 12:42 06:48 53 88
neilr 12:53 10:58 85 141
Kinghedger 13:01 09:18 71 118
p.wild 13:01 08:07 62 103
Tom Stubbs 13:06 08:11 62 103
noidea 13:15 07:43 58 96
andy 13:20 07:11 53 88
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:21 08:31 63 105
Spur58 13:35 12:32 92 153
Stavros 13:38 10:10 74 123
jim42078 13:38 08:00 58 96
Sheapey 13:50 05:38 40 66
fshephe 13:55 08:15 59 98
John Walsh 13:57 11:06 79 131
Groucho 14:06 09:56 70 116
Silva 14:07 11:28 81 135
aphasic 14:17 12:08 84 140
canismiser 14:59 12:57 86 143
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:07 06:27 42 70
Malcj malcj 15:10 13:04 86 143
Big Mick 15:11 14:48 97 161
Tibthorpe 15:21 10:57 71 118
HenryBW 15:25 10:56 70 116
Spanna 15:28 08:44 56 93
njnclarke 15:45 11:36 73 121
Sue Sweeper 15:47 08:11 51 85
tunflog 15:54 12:30 78 130
cyrillic 16:35 09:27 56 93
phthisis 16:39 12:38 75 125
David Crooks dcrooks 16:53 08:33 50 83
MK76 16:54 09:21 55 91
Crucifer 16:55 08:02 47 78
margaretl 17:46 15:18 86 143
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 17:56 11:45 65 108
LouWeed 18:14 10:21 56 93
Squallaby 18:19 08:50 48 80
robinh 18:35 12:49 68 113
tapbarker 18:40 11:42 62 103
Carol 18:42 11:25 61 101
Craven 18:57 11:48 62 103
RobR robrolfe 18:58 10:52 57 95
LJCN 19:04 11:11 58 96
Golvellius 19:16 06:22 33 55
rupe 19:19 12:59 67 111
GMcD 19:22 08:59 46 76
Zander 19:24 11:12 57 95
annelambirth 19:32 14:23 73 121
johninterred 20:00 17:07 85 141
Looch 20:02 12:09 60 100
jimwetzler 20:02 11:21 56 93
pterodactyl 20:33 22:35 109 181
flounderbout 20:58 09:59 47 78
kath 21:10 16:50 79 131
rrricharrrd 21:11 10:32 49 81
benedick 21:17 14:39 68 113
mcjwright 21:27 08:44 40 66
Dzhigit 21:37 12:34 58 96
barracuda 21:58 11:03 50 83
andrewlake 22:05 10:28 47 78
Solver52 22:14 12:05 54 90
gbestanley 22:15 24:01 107 178
Pootle pootle73 22:21 17:09 76 126
colin2355 22:44 13:28 59 98
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:47 23:52 104 173
george.garlick 22:52 17:03 74 123
Achernar 23:01 11:52 51 85
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:08 16:41 72 120
THE Engineer 23:11 64:04 276 460
hugh.schofield 23:16 20:05 86 143
jaraab 23:20 15:23 65 108
brian.mcnamara 23:35 14:48 62 103
peterh 23:47 19:48 83 138
dec 24:44 14:03 56 93
goblin 24:54 18:45 75 125
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:21 15:10 59 98
endafk 26:05 36:50 141 235
Manveru 27:23 13:15 48 80
James P special_bitter 28:38 13:44 47 78
klamery4 29:57 13:14 44 73
Mkgnao 30:12 15:49 52 86
NAPASAI napasai 30:32 09:12 30 50
nekabue 30:44 24:31 79 131
joekobi 30:55 19:21 62 103
boltonwanderer 31:50 12:00 37 61
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 31:50 17:24 54 90
ulaca ulaca 32:06 15:47 49 81
koro 32:09 22:35 70 116
SlumdogEngineer 33:02 17:30 52 86
Tudds 33:32 14:44 43 71
1234 33:51 18:49 55 91
SwissWavey 34:14 14:30 42 70
Crippens1 36:09 14:38 40 66
Glyndwr 36:19 24:34 67 111
Curarist curarist 38:29 13:37 35 58
Paulypops 38:46 38:46 100 166
empty 39:20 34:38 88 146
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 40:34 14:03 34 56
Nangle 41:13 24:31 59 98
Waterloo 43:47 15:19 34 56
Ronnie 44:23 41:04 92 153
symbenall2 44:54 23:12 51 85
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 29:03 64 106
MartinP martinp1 45:25 32:41 71 118
vissa 46:48 21:02 44 73
andrewmr 48:05 26:03 54 90
Masha 48:18 36:40 75 125
Shushannah 48:44 36:37 75 125
RaghuS 48:45 44:38 91 151
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 24:31 50 83
FrameShift 49:49 38:46 77 128
kjbr 54:27 30:57 56 93
marp 56:39 42:55 75 125

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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