Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for August 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
1Magoo8006:05 81 (17) 101 (20) 104 (16) 100 (20) 111 (17)
2Eamon Ryan11306:32 94 (24) 100 (25) 101 (22) 96 (26) 106 (26)
3Lettuceleaf8006:52 91 (21) 94 (17) 109 (14) 105 (19) 101 (19)
4Jason11407:14 78 (23) 105 (25) 98 (26) 94 (25) 120 (25)
5DaddyM8308:21 91 (19) 103 (22) 93 (19) 115 (16) 98 (17)
6Bogota Eagle3608:44 79 (6) 97 (9) 91 (10) 98 (11) 122 (10)
7verlaine10009:14 77 (23) 98 (25) 96 (21) 98 (21) 132 (20)
8auchiedollie9210:09 87 (23) 98 (22) 110 (20) 99 (23) 108 (14)
9aphis9910010:22 82 (21) 97 (25) 95 (22) 109 (19) 114 (23)
10AlanS10610:35 83 (25) 97 (23) 96 (22) 94 (21) 126 (25)
11richard8910:39 81 (20) 98 (22) 104 (16) 101 (21) 114 (20)
12Tom Stubbs11111:46 87 (26) 96 (26) 98 (23) 96 (24) 124 (22)
13glheard7111:49 84 (19) 110 (18) 103 (16) 91 (17) 117 (11)
14alanconnor4912:05 68 (12) 99 (12) 103 (13) 92 (11) 138 (11)
15lickert10412:08 81 (23) 98 (24) 98 (21) 92 (23) 129 (23)
16tonysever9412:10 84 (20) 112 (21) 97 (22) 89 (20) 115 (21)
17chindit11712:19 81 (25) 96 (25) 102 (25) 101 (26) 117 (26)
18Heyesey4312:21 94 (13) 97 (8) 99 (13) 87 (7) 114 (12)
19Denis3413:12 84 (8) 90 (10) 103 (7) 95 (9) 121 (10)
20Topical Tim10513:17 74 (24) 98 (25) 107 (20) 97 (23) 124 (23)
21aphasic5013:21 87 (14) 103 (10) 104 (12) 98 (15) 114 (9)
22keriothe_8413:59 82 (23) 100 (19) 101 (18) 109 (17) 113 (17)
23Silva9914:01 81 (23) 101 (25) 97 (20) 109 (22) 112 (19)
24neilr11414:19 84 (25) 100 (25) 98 (23) 99 (25) 116 (26)
25Stavros10714:34 82 (21) 109 (26) 91 (22) 99 (24) 113 (24)
26mchalen11414:46 81 (24) 99 (26) 103 (23) 100 (25) 113 (26)
27mikegrocott7214:47 92 (15) 97 (15) 95 (15) 98 (17) 111 (20)
28jjp6915:11 90 (18) 94 (18) 105 (14) 100 (16) 116 (13)
29Tibthorpe10415:14 78 (23) 91 (23) 105 (20) 90 (23) 131 (25)
30Toffer8315:19 82 (19) 93 (20) 104 (18) 101 (18) 120 (18)
31fshephe11015:30 87 (23) 97 (25) 101 (22) 100 (24) 111 (26)
32earlylight5715:31 92 (15) 99 (14) 110 (10) 94 (12) 104 (16)
33Sue Sweeper7115:32 87 (18) 85 (19) 97 (15) 100 (14) 135 (15)
34SimonAnthony6115:55 78 (13) 82 (15) 89 (12) 94 (14) 141 (17)
35phthisis7716:17 82 (16) 98 (18) 100 (18) 105 (17) 112 (18)
36Margaretlarb3516:21 93 (9) 98 (10) 98 (9) 96 (8) 112 (9)
37sotira10316:41 80 (23) 95 (24) 100 (20) 104 (23) 120 (23)
38robinh8916:50 82 (20) 98 (21) 103 (17) 104 (22) 111 (19)
39OliviaRhineb10616:55 81 (25) 98 (26) 99 (20) 105 (24) 118 (21)
40RHB7317:23 84 (17) 98 (17) 99 (17) 90 (15) 125 (17)
41ChuckB10717:39 79 (24) 92 (25) 103 (21) 111 (25) 114 (22)
42nesbitt6317:39 79 (16) 94 (19) 110 (15) 103 (12) 124 (11)
43Carol6118:11 87 (17) 105 (17) 105 (11) 87 (13) 117 (13)
44kath4318:16 97 (19) 99 (11) 106 (9) 91 (8) 113 (6)
45Bernard S6918:17 84 (17) 101 (18) 78 (10) 104 (18) 122 (16)
46rpb7918:28 74 (20) 101 (19) 102 (16) 93 (16) 129 (18)
47Groucho8318:35 78 (22) 103 (18) 99 (17) 105 (20) 120 (16)
48pterodactyl6518:36 91 (18) 92 (17) 100 (11) 98 (17) 125 (12)
49noidea8318:38 86 (19) 94 (18) 91 (16) 101 (21) 123 (19)
50mark oshin4818:49 72 (14) 100 (11) 96 (9) 109 (12) 125 (12)
51Ron's mum9319:02 71 (22) 101 (21) 95 (20) 85 (20) 147 (20)
52David Crooks9819:23 87 (22) 97 (22) 95 (22) 101 (20) 117 (22)
53sampson7219:27 92 (18) 95 (16) 95 (14) 96 (18) 119 (16)
54reindeer9319:54 86 (20) 95 (22) 103 (19) 101 (22) 113 (20)
55David P9520:08 84 (23) 95 (17) 97 (16) 95 (24) 122 (25)
56John Arnold6020:08 89 (21) 95 (15) 119 (12) 90 (10) 113 (12)
57Big Mick9020:29 80 (23) 96 (25) 101 (20) 100 (17) 133 (15)
58MickinEly23120:30 90 (8) 100 (10) 89 (7) 109 (9) 106 (7)
59peter wild8620:37 83 (21) 100 (21) 100 (17) 101 (19) 116 (18)
60GMcD10720:38 75 (24) 110 (24) 84 (21) 100 (24) 128 (24)
61AnneGinger6820:44 82 (19) 95 (17) 108 (15) 104 (15) 119 (12)
62anthea8221:13 100 (18) 97 (19) 100 (16) 103 (19) 98 (20)
63Helly Welly3521:19 89 (9) 91 (10) 103 (7) 87 (11) 139 (8)
64barracuda10521:39 80 (26) 96 (22) 100 (23) 100 (22) 125 (22)
65alanjcannon8522:07 89 (22) 91 (21) 102 (18) 105 (18) 118 (16)
66Kevin Gregg9322:44 85 (22) 96 (21) 98 (19) 103 (21) 118 (20)
67Zabadak8422:53 78 (19) 102 (18) 97 (19) 105 (19) 116 (19)
68zythum10223:16 84 (23) 94 (21) 94 (20) 103 (24) 121 (24)
69PeterMabey8424:12 81 (20) 96 (15) 95 (21) 103 (21) 126 (17)
70Edprof9624:32 77 (23) 96 (22) 109 (19) 97 (22) 124 (20)
71Son of Smug6124:57 71 (12) 97 (16) 103 (14) 112 (15) 108 (14)
72crosswordian9924:57 89 (24) 96 (22) 97 (22) 98 (19) 118 (22)
73benedick6625:17 80 (15) 86 (13) 86 (17) 96 (14) 142 (17)
74Galspray10625:31 70 (24) 101 (24) 84 (24) 99 (22) 148 (22)
75KarenR7925:42 79 (19) 98 (19) 115 (20) 95 (16) 112 (15)
76leonora8526:43 86 (20) 89 (20) 97 (16) 102 (19) 124 (20)
77Chadwick6326:56 85 (16) 98 (17) 98 (12) 95 (14) 124 (14)
78Smiler6926:57 84 (18) 96 (18) 102 (14) 100 (16) 123 (13)
79Solver524727:34 95 (15) 104 (13) 92 (11) 102 (10) 109 (8)
80Julian West9327:35 74 (22) 87 (20) 115 (19) 85 (20) 136 (22)
81Barry Smith7528:16 88 (19) 98 (17) 91 (17) 102 (15) 120 (17)
82me_phobete7628:34 83 (17) 96 (18) 91 (15) 95 (17) 128 (19)
83Bobb4929:05 81 (10) 108 (13) 86 (10) 100 (13) 114 (13)
84Moles5229:08 87 (11) 96 (12) 103 (11) 101 (15) 108 (13)
85ccy236629:09 68 (12) 81 (16) 129 (16) 94 (16) 117 (16)
86NAPASAI6729:31 86 (14) 84 (17) 98 (14) 94 (14) 129 (18)
87oldpalace5529:55 106 (14) 103 (14) 93 (12) 97 (10) 97 (15)
88Manveru5430:12 88 (15) 92 (17) 113 (11) 88 (8) 119 (13)
89burrowz1b7030:46 113 (17) 133 (17) 82 (14) 72 (13) 88 (19)
90Prytherch8631:55 88 (18) 90 (19) 102 (17) 98 (19) 115 (23)
91stockynige3432:14 80 (8) 86 (11) 89 (7) 81 (7) 141 (11)
92rosselliot9232:47 96 (20) 91 (22) 95 (17) 98 (20) 115 (23)
93dec5832:58 116 (13) 98 (12) 91 (12) 93 (18) 101 (13)
94koro8933:34 88 (20) 94 (20) 100 (16) 103 (20) 112 (23)
95Jeeves8433:44 79 (17) 93 (20) 97 (14) 105 (21) 118 (22)
96Jefe7335:16 83 (19) 84 (20) 80 (15) 111 (13) 149 (16)
97Glyndwr8436:29 82 (24) 93 (20) 94 (14) 104 (16) 128 (20)
98nekabue8536:35 67 (22) 106 (21) 113 (21) 89 (14) 125 (17)
99fudgiebates7238:40 76 (16) 103 (20) 93 (13) 99 (17) 124 (16)
100Ben Ganly7039:13 57 (14) 84 (18) 69 (13) 205 (18) 59 (17)
10112347240:17 72 (16) 104 (19) 97 (14) 100 (18) 125 (15)
102lesbunch4240:44 66 (13) 84 (9) 86 (7) 90 (11) 162 (12)
103cassandra9741:09 93 (24) 97 (21) 101 (18) 98 (20) 108 (24)
104JerryR8341:13 79 (21) 105 (19) 97 (15) 98 (19) 121 (19)
105ulaca7341:45 62 (10) 102 (18) 90 (17) 111 (18) 113 (20)
106diogenes5658:42 45 (14) 200 (14) 95 (14) 81 (14) 67 (10)
107Clovis8471:23 35 (20) 46 (20) 154 (17) 97 (18) 178 (19)
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