Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for December 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
1Magoo9405:55 90 (22) 100 (24) 99 (19) 106 (21) 105 (18)
2mohn4406:31 75 (10) 100 (14) 112 (7) 102 (12) 111 (11)
3Lettuceleaf3806:55 87 (12) 100 (7) 97 (10) 122 (8) 100 (11)
4Jason11107:01 90 (25) 95 (24) 99 (22) 101 (25) 112 (25)
5Eamon Ryan11307:20 91 (27) 99 (25) 103 (24) 101 (23) 105 (24)
6Ludo8307:57 99 (17) 88 (19) 109 (20) 100 (19) 101 (18)
7mistigris3608:02 79 (7) 96 (10) 117 (8) 109 (13) 87 (8)
8Bogota Eagle5508:35 87 (10) 92 (11) 100 (15) 111 (14) 102 (15)
9auchiedollie9809:10 89 (19) 94 (23) 100 (23) 105 (19) 108 (24)
10verlaine8809:25 79 (22) 92 (22) 105 (15) 110 (21) 118 (18)
11aphis999409:58 77 (20) 109 (20) 95 (20) 102 (22) 113 (22)
12richard8410:40 84 (20) 105 (21) 100 (17) 97 (17) 111 (19)
13Tom Stubbs10911:15 88 (26) 104 (25) 96 (19) 96 (24) 113 (25)
14tonysever11211:22 90 (26) 102 (25) 94 (20) 97 (26) 114 (25)
15lickert10411:27 85 (25) 106 (22) 102 (23) 105 (23) 101 (21)
16Peter Fowler9712:01 98 (22) 97 (18) 107 (20) 95 (23) 101 (24)
17trux2712:17 87 (7) 95 (10) 116 (8) 93 (6) 106 (6)
18Heyesey7412:24 75 (20) 97 (18) 95 (18) 104 (15) 143 (13)
19Quizimodo12012:36 92 (25) 104 (26) 97 (27) 100 (25) 104 (27)
20AlanS9512:42 79 (21) 97 (22) 104 (21) 105 (20) 112 (21)
21chindit10412:48 88 (25) 105 (21) 96 (18) 101 (23) 107 (27)
22Topical Tim8613:04 81 (20) 93 (18) 109 (14) 108 (22) 107 (22)
23Silva10113:11 97 (23) 105 (22) 92 (18) 104 (25) 98 (23)
24Ben Staveley3013:22 72 (10) 100 (7) 123 (7) 111 (7) 105 (9)
25KenTurner9813:32 98 (23) 96 (20) 102 (23) 107 (20) 95 (22)
26Denis9813:43 93 (22) 92 (22) 101 (22) 112 (21) 100 (21)
27Toffer8213:50 88 (20) 107 (18) 93 (13) 94 (21) 113 (20)
28mikegrocott7513:58 80 (19) 113 (10) 103 (16) 103 (23) 107 (17)
29mchalen11814:08 84 (25) 100 (27) 100 (27) 104 (24) 110 (25)
30neilr10114:11 88 (24) 102 (23) 96 (18) 102 (21) 109 (25)
31jjp5014:21 89 (14) 110 (13) 97 (14) 97 (12) 113 (7)
32glheard6614:21 83 (15) 99 (14) 106 (15) 96 (17) 115 (15)
33Stavros9314:35 87 (23) 97 (18) 106 (19) 107 (22) 102 (21)
34aphasic5414:47 76 (11) 101 (14) 102 (11) 109 (16) 104 (12)
35Sue Sweeper6914:51 79 (18) 102 (20) 113 (16) 98 (13) 109 (12)
36Tibthorpe9714:57 74 (20) 106 (21) 97 (20) 101 (23) 116 (23)
37AndyOwl9615:45 78 (23) 95 (20) 110 (20) 113 (21) 103 (22)
38fshephe9615:50 87 (21) 103 (25) 98 (21) 97 (18) 110 (21)
39earlylight8516:06 93 (21) 95 (20) 106 (18) 103 (18) 103 (18)
40sotira8416:37 84 (21) 107 (20) 96 (16) 106 (19) 105 (18)
41OliviaRhineb11216:39 82 (26) 98 (24) 107 (25) 100 (24) 114 (23)
42robinh9416:40 86 (21) 101 (20) 94 (19) 102 (22) 113 (22)
43phthisis10116:49 91 (22) 102 (24) 101 (22) 96 (21) 106 (22)
44rpb8816:51 93 (22) 104 (22) 98 (18) 98 (18) 105 (18)
45RHB6017:05 83 (14) 111 (17) 93 (16) 99 (12) 114 (11)
46pterodactyl4917:10 91 (16) 94 (14) 113 (6) 103 (11) 110 (12)
47Margaretlarb7517:21 94 (18) 101 (18) 110 (16) 111 (14) 87 (19)
48subbswamysg4017:33 83 (8) 101 (9) 91 (10) 109 (12) 106 (11)
49andyt3917:45 92 (12) 107 (10) 99 (8) 100 (10) 101 (9)
50ChuckB7517:48 84 (15) 91 (18) 108 (19) 103 (15) 108 (18)
51nesbitt4417:48 88 (13) 101 (11) 104 (14) 113 (8) 95 (8)
52noidea3218:05 90 (10) 99 (7) 119 (6) 85 (7) 107 (12)
53Eylesie5818:22 99 (14) 98 (14) 98 (15) 109 (13) 93 (12)
54mark oshin4818:34 77 (7) 98 (14) 100 (11) 103 (13) 108 (13)
55Kevin Gregg4118:47 92 (10) 95 (13) 105 (8) 108 (12) 100 (8)
56Bernard S6018:51 84 (11) 112 (15) 113 (15) 91 (16) 91 (13)
57Werm9019:16 80 (20) 98 (20) 105 (19) 104 (22) 111 (19)
58sampson7719:29 89 (22) 101 (18) 100 (19) 103 (16) 113 (12)
59GMcD11119:40 83 (23) 103 (24) 101 (27) 100 (24) 109 (23)
60MickinEly25520:05 91 (17) 104 (13) 100 (13) 104 (11) 104 (11)
61David Crooks10820:08 88 (23) 100 (24) 108 (24) 102 (24) 99 (23)
62peter wild11620:22 87 (26) 102 (26) 100 (24) 98 (26) 111 (24)
63reindeer8720:28 92 (20) 96 (19) 103 (19) 106 (20) 100 (19)
64Carol3420:36 96 (8) 94 (10) 92 (9) 108 (10) 110 (7)
65David P9920:43 81 (23) 102 (24) 107 (18) 105 (21) 104 (23)
66AnneGinger7021:16 85 (15) 102 (17) 91 (12) 112 (19) 101 (17)
67Helly Welly6821:20 93 (14) 103 (18) 90 (12) 102 (19) 105 (15)
68Zabadak9521:39 83 (19) 107 (21) 94 (22) 106 (20) 106 (23)
69Big Mick7921:54 91 (20) 99 (16) 102 (19) 102 (17) 106 (17)
70Groucho8222:07 91 (21) 98 (17) 100 (17) 100 (21) 111 (16)
71alanjcannon8522:22 87 (18) 99 (20) 105 (20) 99 (19) 107 (18)
72NJeagle7722:42 84 (17) 98 (19) 102 (16) 100 (16) 111 (19)
73barracuda10722:45 78 (24) 104 (23) 106 (24) 102 (24) 109 (22)
74zythum10523:00 89 (25) 98 (21) 108 (25) 95 (20) 106 (24)
75Bobb7723:01 84 (16) 101 (21) 96 (19) 118 (13) 102 (18)
76Galspray7523:01 92 (18) 94 (16) 99 (19) 107 (17) 106 (15)
77Edprof8523:44 85 (20) 87 (17) 116 (21) 93 (18) 114 (19)
78scouse14623:47 86 (10) 98 (12) 95 (8) 106 (15) 106 (11)
79PeterMabey7423:57 86 (16) 103 (13) 98 (19) 103 (20) 108 (16)
80leonora6524:06 86 (17) 100 (12) 99 (14) 102 (15) 111 (17)
81Julian West5924:41 77 (13) 108 (17) 106 (16) 101 (11) 101 (12)
82benedick7925:00 87 (19) 101 (17) 100 (20) 102 (16) 108 (17)
83KarenR7525:01 81 (18) 101 (14) 99 (18) 105 (16) 112 (19)
84crosswordian9225:36 86 (22) 95 (23) 106 (22) 105 (16) 109 (19)
85me_phobete7725:49 90 (20) 104 (14) 97 (18) 109 (19) 100 (16)
86Chadwick7026:35 89 (15) 93 (16) 100 (18) 103 (14) 111 (17)
87Son of Smug4826:53 87 (9) 109 (12) 90 (13) 98 (11) 109 (13)
88NAPASAI4426:55 69 (8) 105 (11) 100 (13) 112 (12) 100 (10)
89Solver526326:57 85 (18) 101 (15) 103 (15) 103 (11) 110 (14)
90oldpalace5327:40 95 (15) 104 (13) 98 (9) 100 (13) 100 (13)
91burrowz1b4227:58 79 (7) 94 (11) 90 (11) 99 (10) 121 (13)
92Jefe4928:40 70 (11) 90 (13) 99 (9) 107 (14) 128 (12)
93nekabue3328:42 75 (13) 85 (7) 138 (8) 104 (6) 112 (9)
94Barry Smith7429:12 78 (16) 103 (19) 107 (13) 99 (19) 111 (17)
95Moles3129:24 83 (7) 105 (7) 107 (8) 96 (10) 105 (9)
96Prytherch6629:30 93 (11) 99 (15) 111 (16) 92 (18) 101 (16)
97anthea6029:38 104 (9) 96 (13) 104 (14) 93 (14) 101 (20)
98Ron's mum4330:00 87 (9) 96 (10) 106 (15) 87 (11) 124 (8)
99stockynige3730:16 81 (11) 93 (9) 101 (10) 103 (8) 124 (9)
100Clovis4130:32 88 (13) 108 (8) 87 (11) 117 (8) 108 (11)
101rosselliot3331:12 90 (8) 100 (8) 97 (8) 109 (8) 101 (11)
102diogenes4731:19 85 (13) 101 (9) 117 (12) 93 (13) 106 (10)
103Big Nug5032:00 85 (13) 116 (12) 84 (14) 107 (10) 113 (11)
104Ben Ganly7232:28 52 (15) 63 (18) 79 (19) 62 (13) 230 (17)
105Glyndwr3033:44 65 (6) 81 (7) 116 (7) 91 (8) 119 (12)
106Bobchapman4833:57 65 (12) 60 (10) 154 (14) 115 (12) 81 (10)
107koro5834:20 85 (10) 102 (10) 109 (14) 96 (17) 102 (17)
108DaddyM2335:16 82 (7) 97 (6) 115 (6) 95 (6) 108 (8)
109Jeeves6835:25 85 (13) 97 (18) 110 (19) 91 (12) 106 (16)
110ccy233537:26 65 (13) 86 (7) 183 (8) 84 (10) 112 (7)
111ulaca3638:17 71 (11) 101 (8) 102 (12) 102 (7) 134 (8)
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