Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for March 2016

The following solvers are used as references for the NITCH calculations in this month. The time indicated is their average solving time for error-free puzzles during the prior six months. The solvers average NITCH for each day of week is also shown, with the number of solutions for that day.

RankSolverSolutions usedAverage time MonTueWedThuFri
1Eylesie3503:47 102 (9) 98 (8) 99 (8) 100 (10) 99 (10)
2Magoo8706:01 81 (17) 96 (22) 100 (14) 108 (23) 109 (21)
3mohn6506:42 87 (16) 101 (18) 99 (13) 106 (14) 106 (14)
4Jason10106:57 92 (25) 101 (19) 96 (23) 105 (23) 106 (21)
5Lettuceleaf5607:03 90 (13) 95 (13) 105 (14) 98 (15) 113 (11)
6Eamon Ryan10708:02 77 (22) 98 (25) 105 (24) 110 (23) 106 (23)
7auchiedollie3408:32 90 (13) 108 (9) 106 (7) 98 (8) 103 (7)
8Bogota Eagle8808:41 77 (20) 107 (20) 96 (19) 111 (20) 107 (19)
9aphis998909:13 83 (20) 99 (19) 105 (23) 98 (20) 115 (17)
10verlaine8709:44 75 (19) 96 (18) 98 (21) 100 (19) 127 (20)
11richard8510:15 96 (20) 99 (21) 90 (15) 110 (21) 99 (18)
12lickert10111:33 84 (23) 104 (24) 100 (21) 103 (21) 106 (22)
13Tom Stubbs9811:44 90 (22) 89 (23) 100 (19) 108 (21) 110 (23)
14Heyesey6711:59 72 (17) 102 (13) 139 (15) 96 (19) 94 (13)
15tonysever11011:59 87 (25) 103 (24) 100 (21) 107 (24) 101 (26)
16alanconnor5112:14 74 (17) 98 (10) 109 (16) 97 (8) 134 (10)
17Quizimodo11112:28 83 (23) 102 (24) 103 (24) 111 (26) 98 (24)
18retiarius5012:40 86 (12) 105 (15) 95 (13) 108 (9) 105 (11)
19Ben Staveley4412:42 76 (12) 106 (12) 103 (9) 113 (12) 103 (9)
20mchalen11012:43 71 (25) 110 (21) 97 (25) 105 (25) 118 (24)
21AlanS9312:47 81 (23) 101 (21) 103 (20) 107 (16) 108 (23)
22chindit9612:48 85 (23) 105 (23) 92 (19) 107 (23) 110 (18)
23Peter Fowler9612:49 93 (20) 102 (23) 105 (24) 98 (19) 98 (20)
24BoxBrownie5613:05 87 (19) 102 (14) 97 (9) 108 (9) 111 (15)
25Toffer8013:11 84 (21) 104 (19) 102 (21) 100 (12) 111 (17)
26Topical Tim9613:22 78 (23) 98 (21) 120 (17) 96 (22) 112 (23)
27Silva9813:38 86 (22) 107 (24) 89 (16) 98 (24) 112 (22)
28Denis11413:38 83 (26) 100 (23) 99 (24) 106 (25) 110 (26)
29mikegrocott6113:46 87 (16) 96 (12) 113 (15) 93 (13) 107 (15)
30Stavros8713:56 89 (24) 106 (18) 94 (20) 103 (17) 111 (18)
31neilr10214:07 86 (23) 104 (23) 97 (19) 98 (22) 111 (25)
32aphasic5514:23 90 (17) 111 (14) 100 (12) 100 (13) 99 (9)
33KenTurner7014:54 98 (15) 98 (19) 100 (16) 107 (14) 96 (16)
34Chris Marr3314:58 82 (11) 94 (7) 102 (9) 111 (9) 116 (7)
35Tibthorpe10015:11 80 (23) 102 (21) 109 (22) 102 (23) 106 (21)
36phineus10215:19 78 (23) 122 (23) 98 (22) 91 (21) 107 (23)
37Sue Sweeper5415:34 86 (15) 92 (10) 91 (14) 113 (15) 120 (10)
38jjp4915:39 77 (15) 114 (11) 105 (9) 92 (10) 115 (14)
39subbswamysg5915:58 87 (14) 94 (13) 93 (13) 108 (13) 113 (16)
40AndyOwl10416:07 77 (22) 102 (24) 98 (22) 106 (24) 113 (22)
41rpb7416:22 86 (17) 107 (20) 100 (17) 93 (17) 114 (13)
42RHB6616:30 82 (16) 108 (14) 93 (16) 107 (18) 110 (12)
43robinh8216:43 87 (19) 94 (19) 106 (18) 108 (20) 103 (16)
44OliviaRhineb10316:44 82 (23) 97 (22) 101 (22) 108 (22) 109 (24)
45nesbitt6417:02 84 (20) 110 (14) 100 (13) 106 (18) 106 (9)
46sotira5317:26 86 (17) 103 (16) 84 (8) 116 (8) 111 (14)
47fshephe8817:32 78 (21) 103 (18) 107 (21) 105 (20) 107 (18)
48phthisis9817:54 91 (21) 97 (23) 102 (20) 100 (23) 108 (21)
49andyt10018:14 95 (23) 97 (24) 92 (19) 102 (23) 112 (21)
50Margaretlarb3618:19 104 (8) 101 (7) 108 (8) 127 (6) 87 (17)
51earlylight8218:23 96 (18) 104 (16) 83 (17) 98 (20) 114 (21)
52mark oshin5018:36 80 (10) 94 (11) 98 (13) 113 (12) 107 (14)
53Bernard S7518:37 90 (18) 97 (12) 102 (16) 102 (23) 105 (16)
54pterodactyl6318:49 83 (15) 93 (10) 104 (21) 99 (13) 116 (14)
55Kevin Gregg5618:55 77 (16) 98 (12) 113 (16) 110 (12) 104 (10)
56Mick in Iraq2919:10 93 (12) 97 (7) 100 (7) 112 (6) 105 (7)
57Zabadak7519:21 88 (16) 99 (15) 98 (14) 101 (22) 109 (18)
58David Crooks10519:21 86 (24) 101 (25) 101 (21) 97 (24) 115 (21)
59sampson7019:27 88 (20) 103 (12) 101 (16) 108 (18) 101 (14)
60reindeer7919:39 90 (16) 98 (19) 98 (19) 103 (21) 110 (14)
61John Arnold4719:50 91 (19) 104 (7) 97 (14) 114 (8) 108 (9)
62noidea5319:58 82 (11) 106 (15) 99 (12) 89 (10) 111 (15)
63AnneGinger7020:16 87 (19) 102 (16) 107 (14) 103 (19) 103 (12)
64GMcD9820:34 84 (25) 106 (23) 106 (22) 93 (18) 110 (20)
65peter wild10420:46 81 (24) 102 (22) 104 (24) 106 (23) 105 (21)
66David P9020:56 90 (26) 96 (18) 97 (16) 110 (20) 107 (20)
67MickinEly27021:20 90 (15) 103 (19) 103 (19) 103 (12) 97 (15)
68Bobb6121:25 84 (15) 115 (13) 90 (13) 108 (16) 101 (14)
69Julian West5621:35 81 (15) 108 (12) 106 (15) 91 (14) 120 (10)
70Ben Ganly6421:43 85 (14) 102 (13) 98 (16) 100 (17) 112 (14)
71alanjcannon3521:52 96 (10) 83 (12) 100 (7) 96 (8) 134 (8)
72NJeagle7822:10 82 (18) 97 (15) 109 (19) 102 (20) 108 (16)
73Edprof7623:05 86 (16) 86 (17) 99 (18) 111 (17) 114 (18)
74Groucho5123:10 84 (14) 91 (11) 97 (11) 119 (12) 108 (13)
75PeterMabey7923:19 81 (16) 111 (18) 95 (19) 104 (17) 104 (19)
76Big Mick7923:37 80 (21) 100 (16) 94 (17) 116 (17) 112 (18)
77frost5923:43 79 (12) 109 (13) 87 (17) 104 (14) 121 (13)
78barracuda9523:55 79 (24) 101 (21) 107 (21) 105 (20) 110 (19)
79zythum10124:14 81 (18) 106 (23) 101 (21) 102 (25) 103 (24)
80Bert Dove3124:15 83 (12) 122 (8) 103 (6) 103 (9) 96 (6)
81Galspray6524:26 76 (19) 111 (15) 98 (17) 119 (11) 108 (13)
82benedick6725:10 76 (13) 100 (12) 101 (17) 110 (16) 104 (19)
83Jefe6125:46 77 (16) 97 (14) 113 (14) 115 (14) 100 (13)
84tony134025:47 79 (11) 100 (14) 107 (10) 111 (8) 110 (7)
85leonora4425:59 82 (12) 111 (9) 105 (12) 94 (12) 112 (9)
86me_phobete7326:09 80 (18) 100 (17) 94 (15) 99 (17) 126 (16)
87Son of Smug6726:18 85 (13) 104 (18) 97 (20) 106 (14) 105 (12)
88Solver526426:19 87 (12) 95 (17) 101 (14) 105 (16) 107 (15)
89crosswordian7027:41 83 (16) 107 (16) 100 (16) 106 (15) 101 (17)
90Mkgnao3127:45 72 (8) 101 (8) 111 (6) 117 (10) 96 (9)
91KarenR6728:04 83 (18) 103 (19) 99 (15) 112 (13) 107 (12)
92Pwil30586228:24 82 (15) 100 (16) 98 (11) 113 (15) 105 (15)
93oldpalace5228:40 105 (6) 101 (14) 96 (12) 99 (15) 100 (15)
94Prytherch4629:26 86 (8) 104 (12) 92 (13) 103 (13) 108 (10)
95Moles4829:26 81 (8) 103 (14) 94 (7) 106 (16) 100 (13)
96stockynige4630:13 77 (7) 95 (12) 86 (11) 110 (9) 113 (17)
97Bobchapman5031:35 48 (10) 91 (12) 88 (12) 95 (10) 146 (16)
98rjr5205231:55 73 (13) 111 (15) 88 (10) 105 (14) 121 (10)
99koro4634:34 88 (6) 97 (12) 99 (13) 95 (8) 106 (17)
100cassandra3340:05 80 (6) 103 (8) 98 (10) 106 (9) 103 (10)
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