Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27626

Date 31 March 2020
Number 27626
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 74
Count of ref solvers 54
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27626

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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 04:01 67 90
Jason 06:47 07:06 104 140
escat49 07:33 06:31 86 116
verlaine verlaine 07:33 05:13 69 93
aphis99 aphis99 08:38 07:11 83 112
Midas 09:33 07:31 78 105
hilarym 09:45 06:28 66 89
asaldanha 09:47 04:31 46 62
boulemiche 10:16 07:24 72 97
Paul Gilbert 10:37 06:20 59 79
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 10:46 95 128
AlanS 11:20 08:53 78 105
chriswords 11:28 09:02 78 105
lickert 11:29 13:15 115 155
ChuckB 12:02 13:21 110 148
scrabbler 12:08 09:10 75 101
glheard glheard 12:16 07:29 61 82
SimonAnthony 12:38 09:35 75 101
keriothe_ keriothe 12:42 12:52 101 136
neilr 12:53 12:51 99 133
Kinghedger 13:01 12:08 93 125
p.wild 13:01 10:18 79 106
trux 13:02 09:50 75 101
robertL 13:03 16:35 127 171
Tom Stubbs 13:06 07:57 60 81
andy 13:20 13:25 100 135
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:21 08:01 60 81
Spur58 13:35 16:20 120 162
Stavros 13:38 13:35 99 133
Sheapey 13:50 08:38 62 83
fshephe 13:55 10:51 77 104
Groucho 14:06 12:36 89 120
Silva 14:07 11:42 82 110
aphasic 14:17 13:03 91 122
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:07 09:59 66 89
Malcj malcj 15:10 11:54 78 105
Big Mick 15:11 09:56 65 87
HenryBW 15:25 12:54 83 112
Spanna 15:28 15:32 100 135
njnclarke 15:45 09:22 59 79
Sue Sweeper 15:47 14:23 91 122
tunflog 15:54 18:00 113 152
mikegrocott 16:34 13:20 80 108
cyrillic 16:35 17:19 104 140
phthisis 16:39 15:55 95 128
David Crooks dcrooks 16:53 12:13 72 97
Crucifer 16:55 10:06 59 79
grape 17:31 11:33 65 87
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 17:56 15:15 85 114
LouWeed 18:14 16:31 90 121
Squallaby 18:19 09:12 50 67
robinh 18:35 17:02 91 122
tapbarker 18:40 12:22 66 89
fuzz 18:52 12:26 65 87
Craven 18:57 17:46 93 125
RobR robrolfe 18:58 17:08 90 121
LJCN 19:04 09:25 49 66
Golvellius 19:16 16:09 83 112
rupe 19:19 15:02 77 104
GMcD 19:22 13:18 68 91
MichelinPoitiers 19:24 16:52 86 116
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 19:24 16:39 85 114
johninterred 20:00 13:21 66 89
Looch 20:02 19:14 96 129
pterodactyl 20:33 12:24 60 81
jlancs228 21:11 15:16 72 97
benedick 21:17 18:41 87 117
barracuda 21:58 16:44 76 102
andrewlake 22:05 20:56 94 127
Solver52 22:14 18:47 84 113
gbestanley 22:15 22:10 99 133
Pootle pootle73 22:21 14:19 64 86
colin2355 22:44 14:08 62 83
Zabadak (zabadak2) z8b8d8k 22:47 14:26 63 85
sampson 23:06 17:26 75 101
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:08 19:09 82 110
poskir 23:15 25:26 109 147
hugh.schofield 23:16 15:58 68 91
jaraab 23:20 19:38 84 113
brian.mcnamara 23:35 20:03 85 114
dec 24:44 34:53 141 190
Bert Dove 24:53 25:52 103 139
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:21 21:06 83 112
endafk 26:05 30:36 117 158
GeorgeTz 26:21 18:31 70 94
fudgiebates 26:22 18:12 69 93
crosswordian 26:26 20:27 77 104
Manveru 27:23 28:40 104 140
Chadwick 27:32 25:48 93 125
Edprof 29:53 19:18 64 86
Mkgnao 30:12 20:00 66 89
nekabue 30:44 15:25 50 67
joekobi 30:55 18:27 59 79
rosselliot 31:09 19:05 61 82
HanS 31:35 36:30 115 155
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 31:50 17:55 56 75
boltonwanderer 31:50 27:00 84 113
koro 32:09 27:39 86 116
Tudds 33:32 15:55 47 63
1234 33:51 21:25 63 85
joss henry 33:58 13:17 39 52
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 33:58 17:54 52 70
SwissWavey 34:14 21:08 61 82
maryht 34:41 22:52 65 87
Crippens1 36:09 24:07 66 89
Glyndwr 36:19 18:34 51 68
Paulypops 38:46 30:21 78 105
empty 39:20 46:27 118 159
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 40:34 30:51 76 102
Ronnie 44:23 43:05 97 131
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 34:59 77 104
MartinP martinp1 45:25 56:02 123 166
andrewmr 48:05 22:52 47 63
paulmcl paulmcl 48:53 72:56 149 201
FrameShift 49:49 31:39 63 85
jackk.larg 58:27 33:43 57 77

A guide to the solver status

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 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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