Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for July 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
1Magoo7605:47 85 (17) 105 (18) 106 (15) 94 (19) 110 (17)
2Eamon Ryan11206:36 94 (24) 99 (25) 100 (22) 94 (25) 111 (26)
3Lettuceleaf7607:10 87 (20) 97 (16) 101 (14) 103 (18) 111 (18)
4Jason11507:14 79 (23) 102 (25) 97 (26) 95 (25) 121 (26)
5Bogota Eagle5008:33 80 (8) 96 (13) 95 (12) 100 (14) 118 (13)
6DaddyM7808:38 99 (19) 106 (22) 70 (17) 116 (15) 109 (15)
7verlaine10209:08 76 (24) 103 (24) 101 (21) 96 (21) 124 (22)
8auchiedollie9310:02 88 (23) 99 (23) 108 (21) 102 (22) 104 (14)
9aphis9910210:26 81 (22) 101 (25) 93 (21) 106 (21) 115 (23)
10AlanS10810:32 83 (25) 103 (23) 100 (23) 91 (22) 120 (25)
11richard9210:32 84 (22) 98 (23) 105 (16) 100 (22) 115 (19)
12Peter Fowler3611:18 98 (10) 101 (12) 100 (8) 96 (6) 101 (10)
13Tom Stubbs11011:42 88 (26) 95 (26) 96 (22) 96 (23) 124 (23)
14retiarius3511:49 82 (11) 106 (9) 102 (8) 101 (11) 120 (6)
15lickert10211:53 80 (23) 101 (23) 96 (21) 92 (22) 127 (23)
16Heyesey5211:56 93 (15) 89 (9) 101 (15) 89 (9) 117 (14)
17glheard7512:02 86 (20) 111 (18) 102 (16) 93 (19) 111 (12)
18tonysever11012:04 84 (23) 110 (24) 95 (25) 90 (23) 117 (25)
19chindit11612:05 81 (25) 100 (24) 102 (26) 97 (26) 117 (25)
20trux4812:12 89 (14) 112 (15) 92 (14) 99 (9) 112 (6)
21alanconnor6212:15 72 (15) 95 (14) 107 (15) 91 (15) 138 (13)
22Denis5012:55 85 (11) 95 (13) 102 (10) 96 (12) 116 (14)
23Topical Tim10513:18 75 (24) 101 (25) 106 (20) 95 (23) 123 (23)
24aphasic6013:25 89 (17) 103 (12) 103 (15) 94 (15) 117 (11)
25keriothe_7513:35 91 (21) 100 (17) 99 (17) 109 (16) 104 (14)
26Silva10213:50 84 (23) 102 (25) 100 (20) 101 (22) 112 (22)
27neilr11214:05 86 (25) 100 (24) 96 (22) 97 (25) 117 (26)
28Stavros11114:16 82 (22) 112 (26) 90 (23) 103 (25) 108 (25)
29mchalen11514:21 83 (24) 102 (26) 100 (24) 99 (25) 112 (26)
30mikegrocott7214:24 95 (15) 97 (14) 96 (16) 101 (17) 106 (20)
31Tibthorpe10215:04 80 (23) 93 (23) 105 (19) 90 (23) 129 (24)
32jjp7915:07 92 (19) 96 (21) 103 (16) 99 (19) 113 (14)
33SimonAnthony5015:09 86 (12) 92 (12) 90 (10) 99 (13) 126 (13)
34fshephe10715:20 87 (23) 100 (24) 97 (20) 99 (24) 112 (26)
35Toffer9315:22 83 (20) 93 (21) 103 (21) 100 (20) 118 (21)
36Sue Sweeper6915:35 84 (19) 91 (18) 103 (15) 99 (13) 129 (14)
37phthisis8215:50 84 (17) 102 (20) 97 (19) 94 (17) 118 (19)
38Margaretlarb3916:24 96 (8) 97 (11) 99 (10) 97 (9) 107 (11)
39sotira10316:31 77 (22) 100 (23) 96 (21) 101 (24) 122 (23)
40earlylight6616:34 94 (16) 97 (16) 112 (13) 90 (13) 104 (18)
41robinh9016:38 87 (20) 100 (21) 100 (18) 102 (22) 109 (19)
42OliviaRhineb10716:57 82 (25) 103 (25) 96 (21) 103 (24) 115 (22)
43RHB8717:15 84 (20) 101 (20) 95 (21) 90 (16) 125 (20)
44ChuckB10817:29 81 (25) 96 (24) 104 (20) 102 (25) 116 (24)
45nesbitt6817:37 81 (17) 94 (21) 110 (15) 102 (14) 124 (11)
46Bernard S8017:59 88 (18) 100 (20) 84 (13) 107 (19) 111 (20)
47rpb9018:21 75 (23) 101 (21) 99 (19) 96 (17) 130 (20)
48pterodactyl7418:29 92 (19) 94 (18) 99 (13) 97 (20) 122 (14)
49noidea7418:32 91 (15) 97 (17) 93 (14) 95 (20) 118 (18)
50Carol6518:37 89 (18) 102 (17) 111 (11) 88 (14) 112 (15)
51mark oshin5818:46 76 (15) 104 (13) 96 (10) 101 (15) 119 (15)
52David Crooks9719:12 88 (22) 101 (22) 99 (21) 93 (20) 116 (22)
53reindeer8919:30 85 (20) 99 (20) 106 (17) 99 (21) 110 (21)
54David P9319:31 88 (23) 98 (15) 93 (16) 92 (24) 123 (25)
55Groucho8219:34 79 (22) 105 (17) 98 (17) 102 (21) 124 (15)
56sampson7319:50 93 (18) 101 (16) 97 (16) 94 (17) 114 (16)
57GMcD10920:10 74 (25) 111 (23) 83 (22) 96 (24) 132 (25)
58John Arnold6120:23 88 (20) 99 (14) 118 (12) 88 (11) 110 (14)
59peter wild10220:28 86 (24) 101 (24) 97 (19) 100 (23) 113 (22)
60Big Mick9020:28 83 (21) 100 (25) 98 (21) 91 (18) 134 (15)
61Ron's mum8820:33 68 (20) 107 (19) 97 (21) 75 (19) 152 (19)
62AnneGinger8220:55 81 (21) 98 (20) 109 (17) 100 (19) 116 (15)
63barracuda10121:24 83 (25) 100 (22) 98 (22) 98 (21) 121 (21)
64Helly Welly4921:26 83 (11) 91 (13) 96 (10) 103 (14) 125 (11)
65anthea8821:59 98 (17) 99 (22) 101 (16) 100 (20) 100 (23)
66alanjcannon9222:06 89 (23) 93 (21) 99 (19) 104 (19) 115 (20)
67Zabadak9622:30 79 (20) 104 (20) 97 (21) 101 (23) 115 (22)
68Kevin Gregg9022:47 88 (21) 97 (19) 98 (19) 100 (21) 114 (20)
69zythum10422:54 85 (22) 99 (22) 91 (21) 99 (24) 120 (25)
70Edprof10123:41 80 (25) 99 (23) 110 (21) 93 (22) 121 (20)
71PeterMabey9424:15 82 (21) 96 (15) 94 (24) 98 (24) 129 (20)
72benedick6224:20 86 (15) 91 (12) 89 (19) 87 (10) 138 (16)
73Son of Smug7624:40 74 (14) 99 (20) 100 (17) 109 (18) 110 (17)
74crosswordian9824:42 91 (23) 98 (20) 97 (21) 98 (22) 114 (22)
75Galspray9924:56 69 (22) 105 (23) 83 (23) 97 (21) 149 (20)
76KarenR8625:31 79 (20) 98 (20) 111 (21) 97 (17) 113 (18)
77Smiler7126:47 86 (17) 94 (18) 107 (14) 99 (17) 116 (15)
78leonora9527:00 86 (22) 91 (22) 100 (17) 101 (21) 119 (23)
79Julian West9027:34 71 (21) 91 (20) 112 (18) 85 (21) 141 (20)
80Chadwick5727:34 86 (13) 105 (15) 94 (10) 91 (15) 119 (14)
81me_phobete8927:50 81 (19) 97 (20) 90 (18) 96 (20) 128 (22)
82Bobb5628:22 85 (10) 106 (14) 89 (12) 98 (15) 112 (15)
83ccy237628:23 67 (14) 85 (18) 125 (18) 94 (18) 117 (18)
84Barry Smith8428:30 87 (20) 98 (19) 91 (18) 103 (17) 118 (20)
85NAPASAI6328:36 85 (14) 89 (14) 98 (16) 96 (13) 125 (16)
86Moles5928:45 88 (11) 95 (14) 101 (13) 102 (16) 108 (15)
87oldpalace6329:18 105 (13) 103 (15) 94 (14) 100 (12) 97 (19)
88Manveru5229:59 90 (15) 93 (16) 107 (10) 87 (9) 123 (12)
89burrowz1b7330:28 117 (16) 137 (16) 86 (14) 75 (15) 85 (22)
90dec5031:07 116 (13) 104 (10) 89 (11) 86 (16) 108 (10)
91Prytherch8332:09 90 (16) 92 (19) 102 (16) 97 (19) 112 (23)
92stockynige3332:15 72 (8) 83 (9) 93 (8) 82 (8) 153 (10)
93rosselliot8932:28 96 (19) 90 (22) 95 (17) 97 (19) 118 (22)
94Jefe7033:03 83 (20) 87 (19) 89 (14) 104 (12) 145 (15)
95Jeeves7933:23 83 (14) 100 (20) 89 (16) 99 (19) 119 (20)
96koro7933:33 86 (18) 94 (18) 102 (14) 97 (18) 116 (21)
97Ben Ganly8535:56 59 (16) 84 (21) 68 (17) 199 (21) 68 (20)
98Glyndwr7636:17 82 (22) 94 (16) 86 (14) 106 (15) 130 (19)
99nekabue7537:13 70 (19) 111 (18) 113 (18) 85 (13) 117 (17)
100fudgiebates6137:22 78 (14) 108 (17) 90 (12) 98 (13) 118 (15)
101lesbunch4739:13 71 (12) 87 (10) 85 (8) 85 (13) 152 (14)
10212346239:19 77 (14) 107 (16) 93 (11) 93 (17) 126 (14)
103JerryR6940:47 80 (18) 105 (16) 93 (12) 101 (17) 119 (16)
104cassandra9041:06 93 (22) 97 (20) 102 (16) 99 (19) 107 (23)
105ulaca6442:13 71 (8) 105 (15) 89 (15) 97 (18) 117 (18)
106diogenes5149:08 55 (13) 139 (14) 127 (12) 88 (13) 80 (9)
107Clovis7367:51 37 (18) 48 (17) 129 (15) 118 (16) 174 (17)
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