Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for March 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
1Magoo8105:44 80 (20) 102 (19) 104 (15) 106 (19) 108 (18)
2Ludo4606:49 107 (10) 90 (12) 95 (11) 103 (12) 104 (11)
3Jason11207:02 82 (23) 97 (24) 100 (25) 98 (24) 118 (26)
4Eamon Ryan11107:11 87 (24) 99 (25) 104 (24) 99 (23) 108 (25)
5Lettuceleaf3707:15 90 (12) 96 (9) 94 (6) 103 (10) 113 (10)
6Bogota Eagle6708:49 88 (13) 98 (15) 105 (16) 103 (17) 100 (16)
7auchiedollie8209:27 85 (18) 98 (22) 104 (20) 105 (15) 107 (17)
8verlaine9309:29 79 (23) 99 (23) 109 (17) 105 (22) 111 (18)
9aphis998810:36 73 (17) 108 (22) 92 (20) 98 (18) 120 (21)
10richard8110:40 82 (19) 104 (20) 112 (14) 101 (20) 103 (18)
11tiggis3410:48 85 (10) 109 (8) 102 (11) 94 (9) 117 (6)
12retiarius6611:17 85 (19) 106 (18) 103 (19) 105 (14) 104 (6)
13lickert9511:25 86 (22) 105 (22) 95 (20) 102 (19) 109 (22)
14Tom Stubbs10511:30 82 (25) 101 (25) 92 (18) 100 (24) 122 (23)
15AlanS9711:30 80 (23) 95 (21) 103 (21) 104 (19) 116 (23)
16Peter Fowler7911:32 96 (18) 98 (18) 105 (18) 98 (16) 99 (19)
17tonysever10611:35 87 (23) 105 (24) 91 (21) 98 (23) 114 (25)
18Heyesey6411:49 79 (17) 92 (15) 102 (18) 94 (10) 134 (14)
19chindit10012:08 85 (22) 91 (20) 103 (21) 99 (22) 116 (25)
20alanconnor5012:27 81 (13) 91 (13) 112 (8) 92 (15) 135 (11)
21Quizimodo5612:53 98 (14) 103 (13) 98 (13) 97 (13) 101 (13)
22glheard8312:55 90 (21) 98 (19) 110 (17) 94 (18) 107 (18)
23keriothe_4313:13 106 (8) 87 (14) 92 (11) 108 (11) 112 (9)
24Denis9513:25 86 (19) 96 (22) 103 (21) 106 (21) 106 (22)
25Stavros9913:44 89 (20) 98 (22) 100 (21) 107 (23) 102 (23)
26Ben Staveley4013:46 78 (11) 94 (8) 105 (11) 106 (9) 115 (11)
27Silva9713:49 92 (22) 97 (23) 97 (18) 106 (23) 105 (21)
28Topical Tim10513:55 75 (23) 103 (25) 103 (20) 96 (22) 119 (25)
29mchalen11413:57 87 (24) 96 (26) 100 (25) 107 (24) 107 (25)
30mikegrocott7214:05 78 (15) 117 (9) 98 (20) 107 (19) 103 (19)
31jjp3314:19 94 (6) 103 (12) 95 (9) 90 (10) 122 (6)
32neilr9814:30 92 (24) 94 (21) 102 (17) 94 (22) 115 (24)
33aphasic5814:42 81 (13) 97 (13) 105 (15) 108 (15) 105 (12)
34Toffer8214:44 81 (14) 108 (20) 97 (19) 93 (19) 111 (20)
35Tibthorpe9914:54 71 (19) 101 (23) 104 (19) 98 (25) 119 (23)
36KenTurner4015:10 100 (10) 94 (9) 101 (13) 109 (10) 90 (8)
37fshephe9415:37 89 (21) 102 (22) 103 (21) 99 (18) 103 (22)
38AndyOwl8715:52 84 (21) 98 (20) 106 (19) 108 (18) 104 (19)
39Sue Sweeper6615:57 75 (19) 110 (17) 110 (13) 105 (14) 107 (13)
40sotira8516:08 83 (17) 101 (19) 101 (20) 107 (21) 103 (18)
41phthisis9616:20 86 (20) 102 (22) 103 (23) 91 (18) 112 (23)
42robinh9316:32 82 (19) 102 (20) 94 (20) 106 (23) 110 (21)
43OliviaRhineb11517:02 81 (25) 98 (25) 104 (24) 101 (25) 114 (26)
44RHB7417:09 77 (15) 110 (21) 99 (20) 94 (15) 116 (13)
45ChuckB10317:28 80 (22) 98 (23) 106 (24) 99 (22) 114 (22)
46mark oshin6717:36 82 (14) 105 (15) 104 (16) 94 (15) 109 (17)
47Margaretlarb6018:03 101 (13) 97 (15) 101 (14) 110 (13) 92 (15)
48noidea4518:04 95 (8) 93 (11) 120 (8) 87 (11) 104 (17)
49rpb8618:07 80 (22) 108 (21) 99 (19) 101 (16) 113 (18)
50pterodactyl5818:28 79 (15) 86 (13) 112 (9) 100 (17) 126 (14)
51Bernard S6418:36 81 (13) 111 (16) 121 (13) 98 (15) 88 (17)
52nesbitt4418:38 84 (12) 93 (13) 107 (13) 103 (10) 129 (6)
53earlylight6818:54 95 (15) 92 (17) 107 (15) 102 (15) 102 (16)
54John Arnold4719:29 85 (13) 95 (10) 106 (14) 94 (8) 114 (12)
55David Crooks11219:34 86 (24) 98 (24) 103 (25) 102 (24) 108 (25)
56MickinEly23919:51 89 (14) 104 (9) 104 (11) 101 (8) 109 (7)
57GMcD11020:03 81 (23) 107 (24) 97 (26) 97 (25) 117 (22)
58sampson6720:07 92 (18) 98 (16) 99 (18) 100 (14) 114 (11)
59David P9220:10 84 (20) 103 (20) 103 (18) 92 (21) 114 (23)
60reindeer8620:30 88 (19) 97 (20) 104 (19) 102 (18) 107 (20)
61AnneGinger7220:39 87 (19) 103 (17) 104 (12) 95 (17) 112 (17)
62Kevin Gregg5220:43 83 (15) 87 (13) 119 (13) 102 (13) 118 (8)
63Carol5020:48 91 (12) 91 (13) 113 (11) 98 (11) 106 (13)
64peter wild10620:51 86 (25) 102 (25) 100 (22) 102 (24) 111 (20)
65DaddyM6821:04 83 (13) 81 (18) 82 (17) 116 (14) 138 (16)
66Werm8421:14 79 (18) 94 (21) 110 (20) 101 (19) 117 (16)
67Helly Welly7221:24 94 (14) 94 (19) 95 (15) 107 (20) 106 (14)
68alanjcannon8021:28 80 (19) 99 (19) 104 (22) 99 (14) 117 (16)
69Zabadak9521:52 81 (17) 100 (18) 92 (24) 103 (22) 115 (24)
70Big Mick8321:56 86 (17) 100 (21) 104 (23) 94 (16) 113 (16)
71Ben Ganly7122:14 73 (10) 95 (19) 111 (19) 92 (16) 113 (17)
72zythum10522:35 88 (22) 101 (23) 102 (24) 95 (21) 110 (25)
73barracuda9922:42 76 (22) 106 (23) 104 (23) 99 (20) 112 (21)
74NJeagle4022:51 76 (10) 96 (12) 102 (9) 106 (11) 124 (8)
75Groucho7622:55 87 (20) 98 (13) 102 (17) 102 (20) 111 (16)
76Ron's mum5723:17 86 (11) 114 (12) 106 (17) 88 (14) 102 (13)
77Eylesie3623:24 99 (10) 93 (9) 106 (12) 100 (8) 96 (7)
78Edprof9123:33 88 (20) 94 (20) 114 (23) 99 (20) 101 (18)
79Galspray7023:42 72 (15) 103 (18) 99 (19) 112 (16) 114 (12)
80Bobb5523:47 88 (12) 109 (13) 94 (15) 104 (10) 104 (15)
81PeterMabey6523:53 86 (15) 98 (9) 99 (17) 101 (19) 113 (15)
82Julian West6524:09 76 (14) 106 (15) 117 (14) 96 (18) 103 (14)
83leonora6424:22 84 (17) 99 (12) 106 (14) 101 (13) 108 (18)
84Smiler4224:33 96 (12) 83 (11) 109 (10) 103 (11) 112 (8)
85KarenR6924:42 78 (15) 105 (12) 107 (17) 97 (15) 107 (20)
86benedick6925:07 86 (15) 102 (12) 96 (21) 103 (14) 111 (17)
87Son of Smug7125:18 82 (14) 107 (18) 90 (16) 108 (14) 107 (19)
88crosswordian9125:33 86 (19) 97 (19) 103 (22) 102 (18) 107 (23)
89Chadwick6425:49 80 (13) 96 (17) 100 (14) 100 (15) 120 (15)
90me_phobete7625:56 85 (17) 98 (18) 99 (18) 100 (18) 118 (15)
91Jefe4627:00 68 (13) 91 (16) 102 (11) 125 (6) 142 (10)
92NAPASAI4027:22 75 (6) 101 (6) 100 (12) 96 (12) 109 (14)
93Solver523127:27 80 (9) 95 (9) 98 (9) 120 (7) 113 (7)
94oldpalace5727:44 95 (11) 101 (12) 98 (10) 103 (14) 100 (20)
95lesbunch3328:00 89 (7) 107 (9) 93 (10) 96 (9) 113 (8)
96dec3528:01 74 (6) 112 (7) 101 (10) 94 (12) 110 (10)
97ccy234428:16 84 (12) 101 (12) 96 (11) 100 (11) 130 (8)
98Manveru3028:21 88 (8) 99 (8) 134 (6) 81 (8) 105 (10)
99Barry Smith7328:44 80 (16) 95 (17) 103 (16) 108 (16) 110 (18)
100anthea5529:26 100 (9) 92 (14) 112 (12) 95 (12) 100 (18)
101rjr5203430:33 84 (8) 113 (9) 97 (11) 80 (6) 113 (10)
102nekabue3730:35 80 (13) 91 (8) 110 (9) 91 (7) 128 (10)
103Prytherch5131:09 97 (6) 91 (14) 110 (12) 94 (14) 104 (15)
104Glyndwr3231:19 64 (8) 100 (6) 105 (8) 104 (9) 116 (11)
105stockynige3331:31 81 (8) 85 (9) 92 (7) 95 (10) 140 (9)
106rosselliot3931:49 88 (8) 86 (8) 93 (10) 100 (12) 121 (11)
107koro5534:16 80 (10) 88 (11) 106 (15) 101 (15) 113 (14)
108Jeeves6134:33 88 (11) 90 (14) 112 (16) 94 (16) 109 (14)
109Bobchapman3439:24 52 (10) 56 (9) 163 (10) 159 (8) 64 (7)
110cassandra4139:55 80 (9) 84 (7) 122 (11) 97 (12) 103 (12)
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