Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 27627

Date 01 April 2020
Number 27627
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 117
Count of ref solvers 61
Ref solvers excluded with errors 19
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 27627

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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 11:24 190 162
Eamon Ryan 06:14 05:10 82 70
Jason 06:47 09:33 140 119
escat49 07:33 08:25 111 94
verlaine verlaine 07:33 05:32 73 62
aphis99 aphis99 08:38 10:00 115 98
richard 09:26 09:14 97 82
Midas 09:33 15:26 161 137
asaldanha 09:47 12:35 128 109
chindit 10:37 13:47 129 110
jimpen 11:15 14:12 126 107
philjordan1147 philjordan 11:20 12:23 109 93
AlanS 11:20 10:09 89 76
lickert 11:29 13:03 113 96
keriothe_ keriothe 12:42 13:43 108 92
neilr 12:53 17:26 135 115
Kinghedger 13:01 14:38 112 95
p.wild 13:01 14:32 111 94
Tom Stubbs 13:06 14:12 108 92
Topical Tim topicaltim 13:21 19:13 143 122
Stavros 13:38 19:30 143 122
Sheapey 13:50 14:40 106 90
fshephe 13:55 16:44 120 102
Groucho 14:06 17:27 123 105
Silva 14:07 18:40 132 112
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 15:07 21:06 139 118
Malcj malcj 15:10 18:38 122 104
Tibthorpe 15:21 16:36 108 92
HenryBW 15:25 21:04 136 116
Sue Sweeper 15:47 19:46 125 106
David Crooks dcrooks 16:53 18:35 110 94
OliviaRhineb oliviarhinebeck 17:56 24:22 135 115
Squallaby 18:19 14:19 78 66
robinh 18:35 17:53 96 82
tapbarker 18:40 18:42 100 85
fuzz 18:52 57:57 307 262
Craven 18:57 18:39 98 83
RobR robrolfe 18:58 17:18 91 77
LJCN 19:04 25:01 131 111
GMcD 19:22 24:50 128 109
MichelinPoitiers 19:24 19:44 101 86
Ed freshpot ed_freshpot 19:24 21:05 108 92
johninterred 20:00 19:15 96 82
Looch 20:02 26:06 130 111
flounderbout 20:58 23:32 112 95
mcjwright 21:27 38:45 180 153
barracuda 21:58 18:31 84 71
andrewlake 22:05 21:42 98 83
Solver52 22:14 23:55 107 91
Pootle pootle73 22:21 27:08 121 103
Kevin Gregg kevingregg 23:08 30:49 133 113
hugh.schofield 23:16 34:40 148 126
brian.mcnamara 23:35 27:56 118 100
dec 24:44 31:43 128 109
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:21 34:54 137 117
endafk 26:05 39:59 153 130
crosswordian 26:26 43:53 166 141
zythum 27:07 39:04 144 123
Jagsfan1971 27:37 39:43 143 122
pc8 27:50 32:36 117 100
William M 27:55 27:51 99 84
James P special_bitter 28:38 27:15 95 81
Peter Sykes 29:34 41:47 141 120
nekabue 30:44 61:45 200 170
boltonwanderer 31:50 42:00 131 111
ulaca ulaca 32:06 37:29 116 99
koro 32:09 36:08 112 95
Tudds 33:32 24:07 71 60
1234 33:51 40:41 120 102
FelicityTT 33:55 38:13 112 95
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 33:58 60:52 179 152
SwissWavey 34:14 39:50 116 99
maryht 34:41 30:55 89 76
Archie 34:55 52:37 150 128
Crippens1 36:09 47:21 130 111
Glyndwr 36:19 48:13 132 112
Gussie 38:14 44:04 115 98
empty 39:20 67:21 171 146
Pleasuredome pleasuredome8 40:34 56:28 139 118
Nangle 41:13 53:31 129 110
Waterloo 43:47 28:20 64 54
Ronnie 44:23 61:45 139 118
starstruck starstruck_au 45:14 37:11 82 70
Masha 48:18 45:48 94 80
Shushannah 48:44 60:22 123 105
RaghuS 48:45 109:13 224 191
FrameShift 49:49 73:11 146 124
marp 56:39 58:45 103 88

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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