Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for April 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
1Magoo8305:48 83 (21) 96 (20) 101 (14) 108 (19) 112 (19)
2Ludo2806:43 100 (7) 92 (8) 101 (8) 107 (8) 98 (7)
3Jason11207:04 76 (23) 95 (25) 104 (24) 102 (24) 119 (26)
4Eamon Ryan11207:05 87 (24) 98 (25) 105 (23) 101 (24) 107 (26)
5Lettuceleaf5007:23 90 (15) 107 (12) 93 (8) 100 (13) 107 (12)
6Bogota Eagle6308:55 83 (11) 95 (13) 103 (17) 106 (17) 103 (15)
7verlaine9309:27 80 (23) 96 (23) 101 (15) 105 (21) 118 (21)
8auchiedollie9409:50 85 (21) 94 (25) 105 (22) 105 (18) 112 (18)
9richard8110:29 82 (20) 101 (20) 106 (13) 102 (19) 109 (19)
10tiggis3310:55 88 (11) 108 (8) 103 (9) 94 (9) 116 (6)
11aphis999010:57 72 (16) 98 (23) 94 (19) 101 (20) 123 (22)
12retiarius5711:17 83 (16) 104 (15) 102 (16) 107 (14) 109 (6)
13AlanS10111:19 80 (23) 95 (22) 103 (22) 102 (20) 116 (24)
14lickert10011:26 86 (22) 100 (22) 94 (20) 102 (21) 114 (25)
15Peter Fowler7311:31 101 (19) 99 (18) 100 (16) 98 (14) 99 (16)
16Tom Stubbs10511:38 82 (25) 93 (26) 97 (18) 100 (23) 127 (23)
17tonysever10711:42 84 (24) 102 (25) 95 (20) 100 (23) 115 (25)
18chindit10412:11 87 (22) 90 (22) 103 (20) 99 (25) 117 (25)
19Quizimodo3712:35 96 (10) 97 (10) 98 (9) 106 (9) 101 (9)
20alanconnor5312:41 71 (12) 92 (13) 103 (10) 92 (17) 150 (11)
21glheard7712:57 90 (21) 96 (18) 115 (15) 95 (18) 107 (15)
22Denis9213:16 84 (19) 91 (21) 103 (19) 108 (21) 111 (22)
23Heyesey5613:26 74 (16) 75 (12) 145 (15) 83 (9) 110 (14)
24Silva9313:36 87 (21) 93 (22) 98 (18) 109 (22) 110 (20)
25keriothe_5313:39 106 (11) 89 (16) 94 (14) 107 (13) 109 (9)
26Stavros10613:57 88 (22) 99 (26) 98 (21) 107 (24) 105 (23)
27Topical Tim10714:01 73 (24) 97 (25) 109 (21) 98 (23) 122 (24)
28mchalen11314:03 87 (24) 92 (26) 106 (24) 107 (24) 106 (25)
29mikegrocott7614:06 76 (16) 109 (12) 98 (18) 109 (20) 105 (20)
30aphasic6114:11 87 (16) 97 (14) 105 (16) 102 (15) 111 (10)
31Ben Staveley4414:16 90 (12) 90 (10) 93 (9) 105 (13) 120 (10)
32neilr10014:31 91 (24) 91 (22) 96 (16) 96 (23) 120 (25)
33Tibthorpe10014:40 72 (20) 95 (25) 107 (18) 101 (24) 121 (23)
34jjp3614:53 90 (8) 96 (13) 99 (8) 89 (9) 128 (8)
35Toffer8615:09 84 (16) 100 (20) 96 (20) 89 (19) 124 (21)
36Sue Sweeper7015:32 79 (20) 101 (19) 115 (13) 105 (15) 109 (13)
37SimonAnthony2915:48 99 (6) 82 (8) 94 (7) 96 (10) 127 (8)
38phthisis9715:49 83 (19) 99 (23) 106 (22) 96 (19) 109 (24)
39AndyOwl7115:51 82 (17) 97 (17) 105 (16) 112 (15) 104 (16)
40DaddyM7616:01 76 (16) 87 (20) 75 (18) 123 (15) 142 (17)
41fshephe9516:01 88 (21) 100 (21) 100 (20) 102 (19) 107 (24)
42robinh9516:29 83 (20) 100 (22) 96 (20) 110 (23) 106 (20)
43sotira9216:30 80 (18) 99 (22) 100 (19) 105 (22) 110 (21)
44OliviaRhineb11217:09 79 (25) 95 (25) 104 (22) 104 (24) 115 (26)
45RHB8117:19 80 (17) 105 (21) 102 (21) 93 (16) 116 (16)
46Margaretlarb6217:41 100 (12) 95 (16) 101 (13) 104 (15) 99 (16)
47mark oshin7317:53 81 (16) 105 (15) 101 (17) 101 (16) 109 (19)
48nesbitt5117:54 74 (14) 94 (16) 118 (12) 103 (11) 127 (8)
49ChuckB10517:55 76 (22) 91 (24) 104 (22) 112 (24) 112 (23)
50pterodactyl6718:12 79 (17) 87 (17) 102 (8) 102 (19) 130 (16)
51rpb8818:16 78 (22) 100 (22) 94 (19) 109 (16) 122 (19)
52Bernard S7418:21 81 (14) 104 (18) 112 (16) 109 (18) 88 (18)
53earlylight6318:29 90 (14) 95 (16) 109 (14) 104 (14) 101 (15)
54noidea5718:46 100 (11) 93 (14) 108 (10) 86 (13) 109 (19)
55David Crooks10719:34 84 (23) 96 (24) 103 (23) 104 (23) 111 (24)
56John Arnold5219:42 86 (15) 98 (11) 108 (14) 91 (10) 115 (12)
57GMcD10719:52 77 (23) 103 (23) 96 (24) 100 (24) 122 (23)
58David P9620:05 89 (22) 97 (20) 103 (18) 94 (22) 114 (24)
59reindeer8420:16 87 (18) 96 (19) 103 (18) 102 (19) 109 (20)
60Carol5920:29 89 (14) 94 (15) 110 (13) 94 (12) 110 (15)
61sampson6420:30 89 (18) 100 (15) 98 (17) 98 (13) 122 (11)
62peter wild10520:39 86 (25) 101 (25) 97 (21) 102 (24) 115 (20)
63AnneGinger7520:55 82 (19) 100 (20) 104 (13) 96 (15) 118 (18)
64alanjcannon8220:59 79 (21) 98 (20) 104 (20) 103 (15) 120 (16)
65Kevin Gregg6021:02 80 (16) 88 (16) 111 (15) 109 (13) 122 (10)
66Big Mick8821:07 86 (20) 97 (23) 107 (23) 93 (17) 118 (15)
67Ron's mum6021:33 80 (13) 107 (14) 113 (16) 89 (14) 104 (13)
68Werm7921:43 77 (16) 95 (20) 107 (21) 107 (18) 111 (14)
69Helly Welly7721:48 89 (16) 92 (19) 93 (17) 114 (20) 109 (15)
70Zabadak9421:54 82 (17) 96 (18) 96 (23) 106 (22) 111 (24)
71barracuda9722:09 76 (22) 103 (23) 102 (22) 102 (19) 115 (21)
72NJeagle2822:33 78 (7) 104 (9) 88 (7) 108 (9) 118 (6)
73Groucho8322:39 84 (22) 100 (15) 102 (18) 99 (20) 117 (18)
74Ben Ganly7122:40 73 (10) 101 (20) 111 (18) 96 (16) 102 (17)
75zythum10622:43 88 (22) 99 (23) 98 (23) 97 (22) 114 (26)
76Edprof9323:29 84 (21) 93 (22) 115 (22) 101 (20) 106 (18)
77Eylesie3523:45 100 (10) 92 (9) 107 (12) 99 (7) 95 (7)
78PeterMabey6923:50 85 (16) 87 (10) 95 (17) 98 (19) 126 (17)
79Galspray7624:07 65 (16) 98 (20) 101 (19) 112 (17) 123 (14)
80Bobb5924:42 86 (13) 101 (13) 92 (14) 102 (13) 114 (16)
81benedick7024:53 85 (15) 101 (13) 97 (20) 96 (15) 117 (17)
82Smiler5125:10 86 (13) 88 (15) 111 (13) 99 (11) 126 (9)
83Son of Smug7025:11 79 (13) 99 (17) 93 (17) 115 (15) 108 (18)
84crosswordian9525:11 89 (21) 95 (21) 101 (20) 97 (19) 113 (24)
85burrowz1b4425:15 102 (8) 98 (8) 102 (11) 98 (11) 98 (16)
86Julian West7225:16 74 (17) 101 (15) 131 (13) 91 (21) 112 (16)
87KarenR7425:24 76 (17) 91 (14) 109 (16) 103 (17) 115 (20)
88scouse14125:29 87 (8) 95 (15) 99 (7) 104 (12) 112 (9)
89leonora7425:33 83 (18) 90 (16) 107 (14) 104 (16) 113 (20)
90me_phobete8425:46 83 (18) 98 (20) 98 (18) 98 (20) 121 (18)
91Chadwick6825:53 79 (14) 96 (18) 102 (14) 92 (16) 127 (16)
92NAPASAI3926:31 84 (7) 96 (7) 101 (12) 89 (11) 117 (12)
93anthea5926:51 104 (9) 92 (15) 109 (12) 98 (14) 99 (19)
94Solver523427:53 84 (10) 93 (10) 99 (9) 119 (8) 112 (7)
95oldpalace6328:02 93 (11) 102 (16) 97 (10) 101 (15) 101 (21)
96Manveru3528:15 90 (10) 93 (12) 127 (7) 80 (7) 114 (9)
97dec3328:42 85 (7) 109 (7) 100 (8) 85 (10) 115 (11)
98Barry Smith7129:00 82 (18) 94 (15) 99 (14) 110 (16) 114 (18)
99ccy235229:16 77 (12) 96 (14) 99 (13) 98 (12) 132 (11)
100rjr5202830:14 83 (7) 105 (6) 99 (11) 96 (6) 114 (8)
101lesbunch3830:39 97 (8) 102 (11) 84 (9) 99 (10) 113 (10)
102Prytherch6131:31 96 (9) 91 (17) 106 (13) 96 (15) 109 (17)
103Glyndwr4033:02 76 (11) 94 (9) 105 (9) 99 (9) 121 (12)
104rosselliot4833:08 91 (10) 86 (11) 94 (11) 98 (12) 120 (14)
105nekabue5033:23 74 (15) 99 (11) 100 (11) 103 (10) 126 (13)
106Jeeves6434:25 91 (10) 84 (15) 116 (15) 94 (18) 109 (16)
107Clovis4034:29 71 (11) 77 (8) 110 (12) 138 (8) 106 (11)
108koro6334:30 85 (13) 78 (12) 105 (15) 106 (17) 114 (16)
109cassandra5440:03 86 (12) 89 (10) 118 (12) 97 (14) 105 (16)
110JerryR3340:29 74 (11) 100 (8) 102 (6) 100 (10) 135 (8)
111ulaca4142:17 78 (6) 74 (6) 94 (12) 101 (15) 121 (12)
112Bobchapman3246:46 38 (9) 49 (8) 200 (9) 137 (9) 53 (7)
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