Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for February 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
1Magoo8505:50 88 (21) 102 (20) 101 (16) 106 (20) 102 (18)
2Jason11207:05 86 (25) 98 (25) 97 (22) 100 (25) 116 (25)
3Ludo6707:07 103 (14) 89 (17) 98 (15) 102 (16) 107 (15)
4Eamon Ryan11307:12 88 (26) 100 (25) 102 (24) 98 (23) 109 (25)
5Lettuceleaf2807:20 91 (10) 96 (8) 91 (6) 102 (7) 122 (7)
6Bogota Eagle6108:43 86 (13) 95 (15) 105 (14) 107 (16) 102 (13)
7auchiedollie9009:27 86 (19) 98 (23) 100 (20) 105 (18) 108 (20)
8verlaine9109:45 76 (23) 96 (22) 114 (16) 106 (23) 114 (17)
9aphis998910:18 76 (19) 107 (21) 93 (20) 96 (19) 124 (20)
10richard8510:59 80 (21) 105 (20) 111 (16) 100 (19) 106 (19)
11retiarius6011:25 85 (17) 105 (17) 102 (16) 107 (13) 106 (7)
12Tom Stubbs10511:31 85 (25) 104 (25) 90 (17) 93 (24) 122 (24)
13tonysever10911:33 87 (25) 101 (25) 90 (20) 101 (24) 116 (25)
14Peter Fowler9211:35 98 (21) 99 (20) 106 (19) 96 (19) 100 (23)
15lickert10011:44 84 (24) 101 (23) 99 (21) 107 (21) 108 (21)
16AlanS9712:05 80 (22) 96 (21) 106 (21) 100 (21) 115 (22)
17Heyesey6912:11 77 (19) 89 (16) 99 (18) 98 (12) 145 (14)
18trux3312:12 81 (10) 105 (12) 109 (7) 96 (8) 114 (6)
19chindit10012:19 86 (23) 102 (21) 95 (19) 100 (22) 112 (25)
20Quizimodo7912:49 95 (18) 97 (18) 101 (18) 98 (17) 107 (18)
21glheard9213:35 85 (21) 99 (19) 108 (21) 93 (20) 113 (21)
22Topical Tim9113:37 79 (20) 101 (21) 101 (16) 98 (22) 117 (22)
23Denis9613:41 89 (20) 94 (21) 99 (22) 110 (21) 103 (22)
24Ben Staveley3513:41 78 (11) 95 (8) 101 (9) 115 (8) 115 (9)
25Silva9913:43 96 (23) 99 (22) 94 (18) 103 (24) 104 (22)
26Stavros9913:53 89 (22) 95 (21) 103 (21) 109 (22) 101 (23)
27mikegrocott7814:02 79 (18) 111 (12) 99 (19) 107 (20) 104 (19)
28mchalen11414:10 84 (25) 99 (26) 100 (25) 106 (24) 108 (24)
29neilr9714:17 90 (24) 97 (22) 101 (16) 94 (22) 116 (23)
30KenTurner5914:23 100 (15) 95 (12) 102 (16) 108 (13) 91 (13)
31Toffer8014:24 81 (16) 109 (19) 93 (16) 93 (20) 117 (19)
32aphasic5714:48 80 (14) 97 (14) 104 (12) 108 (15) 110 (12)
33Tibthorpe9815:08 73 (20) 102 (23) 103 (19) 99 (25) 119 (21)
34fshephe9415:42 89 (22) 103 (21) 98 (20) 100 (19) 106 (22)
35Sue Sweeper6915:42 74 (21) 111 (19) 117 (13) 104 (14) 104 (12)
36AndyOwl11015:53 84 (26) 96 (24) 106 (23) 107 (23) 107 (24)
37phthisis9916:23 88 (22) 102 (23) 99 (23) 92 (19) 115 (22)
38sotira8416:35 87 (18) 98 (19) 100 (17) 106 (23) 105 (17)
39RHB7616:46 79 (18) 113 (20) 96 (18) 99 (15) 111 (15)
40robinh9716:53 86 (22) 104 (21) 90 (19) 103 (23) 113 (22)
41OliviaRhineb11216:58 83 (25) 99 (24) 103 (24) 99 (24) 114 (25)
42ChuckB9517:46 80 (21) 95 (21) 105 (23) 103 (19) 115 (21)
43rpb8717:47 86 (23) 107 (21) 98 (18) 101 (17) 108 (18)
44mark oshin6517:52 79 (11) 106 (15) 100 (16) 95 (15) 109 (18)
45pterodactyl5517:57 86 (17) 90 (13) 111 (7) 102 (15) 119 (13)
46Margaretlarb6618:02 98 (14) 94 (17) 107 (15) 111 (13) 91 (17)
47earlylight6918:10 95 (16) 89 (17) 103 (14) 105 (16) 107 (16)
48noidea3818:13 92 (9) 98 (10) 128 (6) 92 (10) 101 (13)
49John Arnold4119:09 91 (15) 103 (7) 102 (12) 95 (6) 109 (11)
50Bernard S6819:10 78 (14) 108 (17) 120 (15) 100 (15) 91 (17)
51sampson7419:50 92 (22) 100 (17) 100 (18) 99 (15) 114 (12)
52MickinEly25119:56 89 (16) 104 (11) 101 (14) 105 (12) 104 (8)
53David P9219:57 84 (22) 103 (21) 106 (17) 94 (20) 112 (22)
54David Crooks11419:59 85 (24) 101 (25) 103 (25) 101 (26) 107 (24)
55Kevin Gregg4520:11 84 (12) 89 (12) 117 (12) 106 (13) 103 (6)
56GMcD11020:16 83 (22) 105 (25) 99 (26) 98 (25) 112 (22)
57reindeer8220:29 93 (20) 97 (18) 107 (18) 99 (18) 103 (18)
58peter wild11020:29 87 (25) 103 (25) 96 (23) 104 (25) 109 (22)
59Werm8620:32 79 (18) 94 (21) 110 (19) 105 (20) 110 (18)
60Carol4620:48 91 (11) 95 (11) 108 (10) 98 (12) 106 (12)
61AnneGinger6721:00 86 (16) 105 (17) 97 (10) 99 (18) 109 (16)
62Helly Welly6521:34 92 (14) 95 (17) 90 (12) 111 (19) 104 (13)
63Big Mick8221:42 86 (17) 101 (20) 101 (22) 100 (18) 109 (15)
64Ben Ganly7721:48 72 (14) 91 (20) 114 (22) 98 (16) 116 (15)
65Zabadak8821:55 83 (15) 109 (19) 89 (21) 103 (20) 108 (23)
66alanjcannon8321:58 82 (19) 100 (18) 104 (21) 99 (16) 112 (19)
67NJeagle6022:45 81 (15) 101 (15) 95 (13) 102 (14) 122 (13)
68zythum10622:47 91 (22) 103 (23) 102 (25) 94 (22) 107 (24)
69Galspray7422:50 84 (17) 104 (18) 102 (19) 100 (17) 110 (13)
70barracuda10022:59 78 (21) 103 (24) 104 (22) 102 (22) 109 (21)
71Eylesie4123:12 93 (10) 97 (11) 105 (13) 102 (10) 97 (7)
72Groucho7523:38 88 (19) 103 (14) 101 (16) 96 (21) 115 (15)
73Bobb6223:38 88 (14) 104 (15) 99 (18) 106 (10) 103 (15)
74scouse14624:16 89 (10) 97 (13) 96 (6) 106 (14) 104 (13)
75leonora6624:23 85 (16) 104 (12) 103 (15) 98 (14) 107 (19)
76PeterMabey6424:34 84 (14) 94 (9) 98 (15) 101 (19) 114 (17)
77Edprof8724:37 88 (19) 94 (19) 113 (22) 97 (18) 102 (19)
78Julian West5324:43 76 (13) 109 (16) 121 (10) 101 (14) 91 (10)
79KarenR7224:50 80 (18) 100 (12) 100 (17) 105 (15) 112 (20)
80Smiler3524:57 99 (10) 84 (11) 107 (10) 101 (8) 116 (6)
81crosswordian8925:30 86 (20) 97 (21) 101 (20) 102 (18) 112 (20)
82me_phobete7925:45 85 (20) 101 (17) 98 (17) 105 (19) 112 (16)
83benedick7325:53 87 (16) 101 (13) 98 (21) 101 (14) 108 (19)
84Son of Smug7126:01 83 (12) 107 (19) 88 (17) 103 (14) 110 (19)
85Chadwick6726:39 89 (14) 90 (17) 101 (16) 99 (14) 118 (16)
86NAPASAI3826:53 74 (7) 108 (8) 103 (12) 102 (10) 102 (11)
87Ron's mum4927:23 85 (10) 105 (10) 104 (16) 84 (12) 119 (11)
88Solver524727:24 82 (14) 97 (13) 104 (12) 107 (7) 116 (11)
89DaddyM5027:28 88 (10) 81 (13) 85 (12) 112 (11) 126 (14)
90Jefe4627:30 73 (11) 91 (16) 100 (9) 111 (8) 128 (12)
91oldpalace5627:44 93 (10) 100 (13) 100 (11) 104 (15) 99 (17)
92Petecollett3029:00 79 (12) 101 (6) 133 (8) 87 (7) 113 (7)
93lesbunch3929:07 87 (8) 115 (11) 92 (10) 92 (12) 112 (8)
94Barry Smith7329:13 81 (15) 97 (18) 103 (15) 104 (17) 110 (18)
95anthea5529:44 101 (9) 95 (14) 108 (12) 94 (11) 100 (19)
96Prytherch5930:52 91 (9) 97 (16) 115 (13) 92 (17) 103 (14)
97stockynige3331:31 77 (9) 98 (9) 88 (9) 101 (8) 139 (8)
98diogenes4231:33 85 (11) 95 (10) 117 (11) 97 (14) 111 (6)
99ccy234031:55 73 (11) 90 (10) 137 (10) 89 (11) 119 (8)
100nekabue3432:16 74 (10) 85 (8) 121 (10) 96 (6) 116 (10)
101rosselliot3332:35 87 (6) 89 (6) 93 (11) 110 (9) 109 (11)
102Big Nug3433:01 83 (12) 117 (8) 90 (8) 97 (6) 117 (10)
103koro5934:25 77 (12) 96 (11) 108 (15) 101 (15) 109 (16)
104Jeeves6735:05 88 (13) 90 (17) 111 (19) 95 (15) 112 (13)
105Bobchapman3937:57 52 (11) 60 (10) 176 (10) 134 (10) 74 (8)
106cassandra3840:12 79 (6) 85 (9) 119 (12) 96 (11) 102 (10)
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