Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for January 2017

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
1Magoo8805:53 88 (21) 99 (22) 99 (17) 110 (21) 102 (17)
2Jason10906:58 91 (24) 99 (24) 98 (22) 98 (25) 112 (24)
3Eamon Ryan11407:20 90 (26) 102 (25) 101 (25) 104 (24) 101 (24)
4Ludo7607:28 102 (15) 93 (19) 102 (17) 99 (18) 103 (17)
5Bogota Eagle5808:41 88 (11) 96 (13) 103 (14) 108 (16) 98 (14)
6auchiedollie9209:14 89 (18) 96 (23) 98 (21) 105 (19) 109 (21)
7verlaine8709:44 78 (22) 92 (22) 113 (15) 111 (21) 112 (17)
8aphis998810:08 80 (18) 107 (20) 91 (20) 100 (19) 117 (21)
9richard8211:06 83 (20) 106 (19) 107 (16) 98 (18) 106 (19)
10Tom Stubbs10511:23 90 (24) 103 (24) 91 (18) 95 (25) 117 (24)
11tonysever10811:28 87 (25) 102 (24) 92 (20) 103 (25) 112 (24)
12lickert10111:35 88 (24) 100 (23) 101 (22) 107 (22) 103 (20)
13Peter Fowler8911:35 97 (20) 98 (18) 106 (18) 98 (21) 100 (22)
14Heyesey7312:30 78 (20) 95 (17) 94 (19) 111 (13) 135 (14)
15AlanS9512:32 81 (21) 95 (22) 103 (21) 107 (20) 112 (21)
16chindit10012:35 90 (23) 103 (20) 93 (19) 103 (22) 108 (26)
17Quizimodo9812:42 94 (21) 101 (22) 97 (22) 102 (21) 103 (22)
18Ben Staveley3613:17 74 (10) 100 (10) 103 (9) 121 (8) 107 (9)
19Silva9513:20 98 (22) 102 (20) 93 (17) 103 (24) 100 (22)
20Topical Tim8713:37 82 (20) 100 (19) 104 (15) 104 (22) 108 (21)
21mikegrocott7513:48 80 (19) 110 (11) 99 (18) 107 (20) 108 (17)
22Denis9513:54 91 (21) 91 (21) 100 (22) 112 (21) 103 (20)
23glheard8113:55 85 (19) 98 (16) 104 (18) 98 (19) 112 (19)
24KenTurner7913:58 100 (19) 95 (16) 101 (20) 106 (17) 94 (17)
25Toffer8114:07 88 (18) 111 (19) 90 (15) 93 (20) 112 (19)
26mchalen11414:11 87 (25) 97 (26) 100 (26) 109 (23) 106 (24)
27neilr9814:12 90 (23) 97 (23) 99 (17) 99 (22) 112 (23)
28Stavros9814:15 89 (22) 95 (20) 103 (21) 108 (22) 101 (23)
29Tibthorpe9615:00 74 (19) 104 (22) 98 (20) 103 (23) 115 (22)
30aphasic5515:02 78 (12) 95 (14) 106 (11) 111 (16) 104 (12)
31fshephe9515:42 92 (20) 101 (22) 95 (22) 103 (19) 106 (22)
32Sue Sweeper7115:46 77 (21) 107 (19) 110 (15) 106 (14) 110 (12)
33AndyOwl9915:58 82 (23) 94 (21) 108 (21) 112 (22) 103 (22)
34phthisis9816:25 91 (22) 101 (22) 102 (23) 98 (19) 106 (22)
35OliviaRhineb10916:37 83 (25) 96 (24) 104 (24) 101 (24) 116 (22)
36robinh9716:39 87 (21) 103 (21) 91 (19) 103 (23) 112 (23)
37RHB6816:46 77 (15) 112 (18) 99 (17) 101 (16) 108 (12)
38sotira8216:54 88 (19) 98 (19) 99 (17) 107 (20) 106 (17)
39earlylight7317:08 90 (17) 91 (18) 101 (14) 110 (18) 106 (16)
40rpb8817:38 93 (22) 101 (23) 99 (17) 101 (18) 105 (18)
41nesbitt3817:39 86 (12) 91 (9) 106 (12) 110 (9) 114 (6)
42ChuckB9017:41 82 (18) 91 (21) 107 (22) 107 (19) 109 (20)
43pterodactyl5417:43 88 (17) 91 (14) 108 (7) 107 (12) 112 (14)
44Margaretlarb7317:51 96 (17) 97 (18) 107 (17) 109 (14) 90 (17)
45mark oshin5718:04 75 (9) 99 (15) 101 (14) 102 (13) 109 (16)
46subbswamysg3518:33 80 (6) 97 (10) 93 (9) 113 (10) 104 (10)
47Bernard S6519:31 77 (13) 112 (16) 117 (14) 94 (17) 95 (15)
48sampson7419:33 91 (23) 100 (17) 97 (18) 103 (15) 119 (11)
49Werm9019:38 77 (18) 93 (21) 104 (20) 110 (21) 111 (20)
50GMcD10819:59 85 (22) 104 (24) 102 (26) 99 (25) 107 (21)
51David Crooks11420:00 86 (24) 100 (25) 103 (25) 105 (26) 104 (24)
52MickinEly25520:01 91 (17) 106 (12) 99 (14) 104 (12) 102 (10)
53peter wild10920:21 87 (25) 100 (25) 98 (23) 105 (25) 109 (21)
54David P9320:21 82 (21) 102 (23) 105 (17) 102 (20) 107 (22)
55reindeer8120:39 95 (18) 96 (19) 103 (18) 102 (18) 101 (18)
56Carol4420:56 93 (10) 98 (13) 95 (11) 106 (11) 108 (9)
57Helly Welly6621:05 99 (14) 97 (17) 89 (13) 104 (19) 106 (13)
58AnneGinger6521:22 90 (14) 102 (16) 90 (10) 107 (18) 102 (17)
59Ben Ganly7221:45 79 (14) 95 (17) 117 (20) 97 (15) 102 (16)
60Big Mick8021:50 91 (19) 100 (18) 101 (21) 103 (17) 104 (15)
61alanjcannon8822:01 86 (19) 98 (21) 104 (22) 103 (18) 107 (18)
62NJeagle7222:15 85 (18) 101 (16) 95 (15) 103 (16) 115 (17)
63Zabadak8822:18 85 (17) 106 (20) 90 (20) 108 (19) 106 (22)
64Galspray7522:41 88 (17) 98 (18) 100 (20) 105 (16) 109 (14)
65barracuda10022:51 80 (22) 104 (22) 103 (23) 103 (22) 107 (21)
66Eylesie4423:00 93 (11) 101 (12) 100 (12) 107 (11) 96 (8)
67zythum10523:03 93 (23) 99 (23) 103 (25) 97 (21) 104 (23)
68Groucho7623:09 89 (19) 97 (16) 99 (16) 105 (20) 109 (15)
69Bobb7023:15 88 (17) 105 (18) 95 (19) 117 (10) 102 (16)
70scouse14723:46 87 (11) 100 (13) 95 (7) 106 (15) 104 (11)
71leonora6423:55 87 (14) 100 (11) 101 (15) 98 (15) 107 (19)
72Edprof8324:26 90 (19) 91 (19) 110 (21) 95 (17) 112 (17)
73PeterMabey6924:26 87 (15) 96 (12) 95 (16) 110 (20) 104 (16)
74KarenR6624:44 82 (17) 99 (11) 102 (16) 108 (14) 108 (18)
75Julian West5424:54 81 (13) 107 (16) 117 (11) 105 (13) 87 (11)
76benedick7425:18 89 (15) 98 (15) 99 (20) 100 (16) 108 (18)
77me_phobete7825:47 90 (21) 100 (16) 96 (17) 107 (19) 107 (15)
78crosswordian8625:54 88 (19) 93 (23) 101 (21) 109 (15) 111 (18)
79Chadwick6726:18 88 (16) 90 (17) 104 (16) 102 (13) 116 (15)
80Son of Smug5726:32 83 (10) 108 (15) 90 (14) 101 (12) 109 (16)
81NAPASAI4027:22 74 (7) 106 (8) 97 (12) 109 (12) 102 (11)
82Solver525527:27 84 (16) 99 (14) 103 (13) 111 (9) 110 (13)
83Jefe4627:33 74 (10) 90 (15) 103 (8) 112 (10) 118 (13)
84burrowz1b3927:41 80 (7) 87 (9) 92 (9) 100 (11) 121 (13)
85oldpalace5627:46 94 (14) 99 (13) 101 (9) 103 (15) 101 (15)
86Ron's mum4028:44 88 (9) 100 (9) 108 (13) 87 (10) 113 (9)
87lesbunch3928:51 90 (9) 106 (12) 91 (11) 99 (10) 115 (7)
88Barry Smith7129:07 82 (15) 98 (17) 107 (13) 102 (19) 108 (17)
89anthea5829:49 101 (11) 97 (13) 106 (12) 93 (14) 101 (18)
90DaddyM3829:49 84 (8) 82 (10) 94 (10) 116 (8) 117 (12)
91dec3429:57 81 (8) 105 (8) 98 (8) 99 (8) 108 (12)
92Clovis3630:11 91 (11) 103 (6) 95 (10) 113 (8) 101 (11)
93nekabue3730:15 76 (12) 85 (9) 135 (9) 100 (6) 109 (11)
94Prytherch5730:21 94 (9) 96 (15) 114 (13) 93 (18) 103 (12)
95stockynige3331:08 83 (8) 99 (9) 89 (9) 102 (9) 126 (8)
96diogenes4331:12 88 (11) 95 (9) 118 (11) 93 (15) 109 (7)
97Big Nug3932:05 85 (13) 120 (8) 84 (11) 101 (7) 120 (10)
98rosselliot3332:10 87 (8) 98 (6) 96 (9) 111 (10) 102 (10)
99Glyndwr3232:49 67 (6) 80 (7) 123 (7) 93 (10) 116 (12)
100ccy233234:04 74 (10) 85 (8) 150 (8) 88 (9) 114 (7)
101koro5734:35 83 (11) 93 (10) 109 (14) 100 (16) 106 (16)
102Jeeves6335:20 87 (13) 91 (15) 115 (17) 94 (15) 107 (13)
103Bobchapman4535:46 60 (12) 62 (10) 158 (12) 128 (12) 75 (9)
104ulaca3639:12 69 (10) 77 (7) 107 (12) 103 (9) 141 (8)
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