Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for May 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
1Magoo8005:52 84 (20) 96 (20) 100 (14) 112 (19) 108 (17)
2Eamon Ryan11206:55 88 (24) 98 (25) 106 (23) 96 (24) 109 (26)
3Lettuceleaf5507:04 93 (16) 94 (12) 96 (9) 103 (15) 110 (13)
4Jason11207:10 78 (23) 94 (25) 107 (24) 97 (24) 118 (26)
5Bogota Eagle6108:56 82 (9) 98 (16) 101 (14) 98 (17) 111 (15)
6verlaine10009:33 81 (24) 97 (24) 100 (18) 98 (21) 123 (23)
7auchiedollie9209:58 84 (21) 96 (25) 112 (21) 102 (19) 106 (16)
8richard8710:37 85 (21) 98 (20) 107 (15) 101 (21) 109 (20)
9aphis999610:45 79 (19) 96 (23) 101 (21) 104 (21) 116 (22)
10tiggis3010:53 87 (10) 96 (7) 111 (7) 99 (10) 116 (6)
11AlanS10611:06 84 (24) 92 (22) 108 (22) 99 (22) 114 (26)
12Peter Fowler6311:30 101 (16) 101 (15) 98 (15) 95 (13) 102 (14)
13lickert10111:42 85 (22) 97 (22) 99 (21) 97 (20) 116 (26)
14Tom Stubbs10511:43 90 (25) 92 (26) 95 (18) 100 (23) 123 (23)
15retiarius5811:44 84 (16) 102 (15) 101 (14) 102 (15) 122 (8)
16DaddyM8312:01 69 (17) 90 (23) 75 (19) 118 (16) 150 (18)
17tonysever10712:02 85 (24) 104 (25) 99 (21) 92 (22) 116 (25)
18chindit10812:06 87 (24) 87 (22) 110 (21) 96 (26) 119 (25)
19alanconnor5712:30 71 (12) 93 (15) 107 (11) 93 (17) 139 (12)
20glheard7912:54 90 (22) 97 (17) 114 (16) 91 (17) 109 (17)
21Denis8313:30 84 (16) 90 (19) 106 (17) 104 (19) 110 (22)
22Topical Tim10713:49 75 (24) 96 (24) 111 (22) 95 (23) 122 (24)
23aphasic5813:51 92 (19) 92 (11) 106 (14) 94 (13) 119 (11)
24keriothe_6013:53 102 (15) 94 (16) 94 (15) 101 (15) 113 (9)
25Silva9713:56 87 (22) 93 (23) 100 (19) 107 (22) 112 (21)
26Heyesey4914:04 76 (14) 71 (9) 146 (13) 82 (8) 105 (15)
27mikegrocott7714:06 82 (16) 104 (13) 97 (18) 104 (19) 107 (21)
28Stavros11014:15 86 (22) 99 (26) 101 (23) 105 (25) 106 (24)
29mchalen11014:23 88 (24) 92 (26) 109 (22) 102 (23) 109 (25)
30neilr10514:31 89 (24) 90 (23) 100 (19) 95 (24) 122 (25)
31Ben Staveley3914:42 94 (10) 94 (9) 93 (8) 99 (13) 117 (9)
32Tibthorpe9714:49 75 (20) 90 (24) 113 (16) 94 (24) 127 (23)
33jjp4815:06 90 (12) 92 (15) 103 (9) 97 (12) 125 (10)
34SimonAnthony4215:24 90 (10) 91 (10) 94 (10) 94 (12) 129 (10)
35Toffer8515:47 85 (16) 92 (19) 99 (19) 89 (19) 125 (22)
36phthisis9515:54 83 (20) 100 (21) 106 (21) 96 (19) 110 (24)
37Sue Sweeper7216:01 78 (20) 98 (19) 107 (13) 103 (15) 122 (15)
38fshephe9716:01 91 (21) 98 (21) 100 (19) 98 (21) 109 (25)
39robinh9016:07 83 (20) 100 (21) 103 (18) 108 (22) 103 (19)
40sotira9416:15 79 (19) 97 (22) 103 (20) 103 (22) 114 (21)
41AndyOwl5316:17 84 (13) 95 (13) 108 (13) 107 (12) 105 (12)
42OliviaRhineb11217:12 81 (26) 98 (25) 104 (22) 102 (24) 114 (25)
43Margaretlarb5417:17 97 (11) 94 (14) 99 (11) 103 (13) 103 (15)
44RHB8417:36 74 (18) 107 (21) 100 (22) 90 (14) 120 (19)
45mark oshin7317:49 76 (16) 104 (15) 104 (17) 98 (16) 112 (19)
46ChuckB10817:58 81 (24) 91 (24) 109 (21) 108 (26) 109 (23)
47earlylight6918:08 88 (16) 92 (18) 113 (13) 102 (15) 106 (17)
48pterodactyl6818:08 83 (17) 86 (17) 105 (9) 100 (18) 126 (17)
49nesbitt5418:19 79 (17) 94 (17) 125 (11) 101 (11) 124 (8)
50noidea6918:49 96 (14) 92 (17) 100 (12) 91 (17) 116 (19)
51Bernard S7319:03 84 (14) 101 (17) 108 (14) 107 (18) 96 (20)
52rpb8819:05 76 (22) 101 (22) 96 (17) 103 (17) 123 (20)
53GMcD10619:51 78 (23) 98 (23) 94 (23) 96 (24) 132 (23)
54David Crooks10619:52 87 (24) 95 (24) 105 (21) 99 (22) 111 (25)
55reindeer8619:54 84 (18) 98 (20) 107 (18) 100 (19) 108 (21)
56David P9320:02 92 (21) 92 (17) 104 (18) 91 (22) 116 (25)
57Ron's mum7120:20 87 (16) 107 (15) 108 (17) 78 (17) 119 (16)
58sampson6320:25 92 (17) 95 (15) 101 (15) 93 (14) 121 (12)
59peter wild9920:36 85 (24) 96 (23) 101 (20) 102 (23) 116 (19)
60Carol6320:43 88 (16) 92 (15) 114 (13) 86 (12) 115 (17)
61John Arnold5420:45 90 (15) 96 (12) 115 (14) 84 (10) 107 (13)
62AnneGinger7621:09 82 (20) 97 (20) 112 (12) 97 (16) 116 (18)
63Big Mick8721:14 87 (19) 99 (25) 109 (21) 87 (17) 118 (15)
64Zabadak9621:26 80 (18) 98 (19) 101 (22) 101 (23) 112 (24)
65alanjcannon8821:38 78 (21) 94 (21) 105 (20) 104 (17) 120 (19)
66barracuda9521:57 81 (23) 99 (22) 104 (21) 98 (19) 118 (20)
67Werm6122:00 80 (12) 94 (16) 107 (18) 103 (15) 114 (10)
68Kevin Gregg7022:05 82 (17) 92 (17) 105 (17) 105 (16) 119 (13)
69Helly Welly7222:09 91 (16) 90 (18) 94 (16) 110 (18) 116 (14)
70Groucho8022:14 81 (22) 98 (16) 103 (17) 100 (19) 123 (16)
71zythum10923:03 88 (23) 100 (24) 97 (23) 96 (23) 115 (26)
72Eylesie2723:25 101 (8) 95 (8) 107 (9) 92 (6) 99 (6)
73Ben Ganly7823:26 80 (12) 96 (21) 112 (18) 100 (18) 103 (19)
74Edprof9823:34 82 (21) 94 (24) 119 (22) 95 (22) 108 (19)
75PeterMabey7924:03 82 (18) 92 (12) 97 (18) 96 (22) 127 (19)
76Son of Smug7124:33 78 (15) 100 (19) 99 (16) 108 (15) 112 (16)
77anthea7225:10 100 (13) 95 (18) 107 (15) 96 (16) 101 (20)
78crosswordian9625:11 90 (21) 93 (21) 102 (20) 97 (22) 114 (22)
79Chadwick5925:27 86 (13) 95 (16) 104 (11) 94 (16) 121 (13)
80KarenR7625:28 76 (18) 91 (16) 116 (16) 100 (16) 113 (20)
81Galspray7825:28 69 (18) 98 (20) 97 (18) 101 (17) 141 (15)
82benedick7025:58 83 (15) 99 (13) 97 (19) 92 (15) 121 (18)
83burrowz1b5126:11 109 (10) 119 (10) 96 (11) 93 (12) 91 (18)
84leonora7826:14 85 (18) 87 (18) 109 (13) 104 (18) 113 (21)
85me_phobete8426:19 85 (19) 93 (20) 98 (17) 97 (20) 127 (18)
86NAPASAI4526:41 87 (9) 89 (8) 102 (15) 91 (11) 119 (12)
87Smiler6126:42 86 (15) 84 (16) 105 (14) 99 (13) 130 (13)
88Bobb5826:55 84 (11) 105 (12) 96 (14) 95 (15) 113 (16)
89Julian West7727:27 71 (18) 92 (16) 141 (15) 82 (21) 123 (17)
90Solver523927:56 93 (12) 98 (12) 100 (10) 107 (8) 106 (7)
91oldpalace6328:26 96 (12) 100 (16) 97 (12) 102 (14) 101 (19)
92Manveru3828:53 91 (12) 93 (13) 129 (7) 86 (8) 114 (8)
93Barry Smith6829:30 84 (17) 94 (16) 107 (13) 102 (14) 112 (18)
94Moles3629:45 88 (7) 92 (9) 103 (8) 104 (11) 106 (11)
95dec4129:56 92 (9) 104 (8) 97 (10) 90 (13) 116 (11)
96ccy236130:06 70 (13) 88 (17) 128 (14) 88 (14) 125 (13)
97Jefe5230:14 81 (16) 85 (18) 93 (9) 167 (7) 119 (12)
98rjr5202531:29 86 (6) 93 (6) 102 (9) 98 (8) 119 (6)
99stockynige3131:45 67 (6) 90 (10) 92 (8) 90 (9) 153 (8)
100Prytherch7331:50 91 (11) 90 (20) 106 (14) 99 (18) 110 (20)
101rosselliot5931:57 91 (13) 91 (14) 95 (12) 93 (14) 123 (16)
102lesbunch4033:11 89 (10) 95 (10) 96 (9) 91 (11) 127 (10)
103nekabue5134:00 79 (15) 98 (13) 97 (12) 101 (8) 126 (13)
104Glyndwr5134:30 82 (14) 93 (10) 95 (11) 101 (12) 124 (14)
105Jeeves6634:50 90 (12) 86 (16) 111 (15) 92 (17) 117 (16)
106koro7235:20 86 (17) 86 (15) 102 (17) 103 (17) 120 (16)
107fudgiebates3936:55 90 (11) 97 (11) 110 (7) 101 (10) 105 (10)
108Clovis4938:19 69 (12) 71 (11) 143 (12) 107 (11) 105 (13)
10912343339:10 82 (6) 107 (9) 81 (6) 87 (10) 119 (12)
110cassandra6840:43 90 (16) 88 (14) 113 (14) 102 (16) 105 (18)
111JerryR3940:50 76 (13) 98 (10) 107 (7) 97 (11) 142 (8)
112ulaca4842:24 86 (6) 90 (10) 94 (13) 98 (15) 117 (14)
113Bobchapman2547:29 41 (7) 54 (6) 197 (9) 94 (7) 56 (6)
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