Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for May 2016

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
1Eylesie6703:42 100 (17) 99 (13) 98 (13) 100 (16) 100 (18)
2Magoo9805:52 78 (20) 100 (23) 104 (18) 101 (25) 113 (22)
3mohn7106:44 85 (17) 104 (18) 100 (16) 100 (15) 110 (15)
4Jason10007:11 87 (22) 108 (22) 103 (22) 92 (23) 109 (21)
5Lettuceleaf3907:14 86 (9) 96 (9) 94 (10) 108 (13) 113 (8)
6Eamon Ryan10607:36 82 (22) 98 (23) 107 (24) 108 (24) 101 (23)
7auchiedollie4308:38 88 (14) 110 (12) 108 (9) 93 (9) 105 (9)
8Bogota Eagle9608:40 82 (24) 102 (23) 103 (19) 107 (20) 106 (20)
9aphis999109:11 80 (18) 107 (21) 106 (22) 90 (23) 114 (17)
10verlaine9409:49 72 (20) 96 (20) 101 (20) 103 (20) 120 (24)
11richard8110:08 88 (18) 102 (20) 91 (14) 101 (21) 113 (18)
12alanconnor4411:05 85 (13) 93 (10) 121 (13) 106 (11) 83 (7)
13lickert10111:30 82 (24) 108 (24) 104 (21) 100 (20) 105 (22)
14Tom Stubbs9711:52 83 (21) 88 (22) 106 (19) 98 (22) 121 (23)
15tonysever11011:56 83 (25) 102 (25) 100 (22) 103 (23) 110 (25)
16Peter Fowler9812:13 95 (21) 100 (21) 100 (23) 102 (20) 100 (23)
17retiarius4012:16 79 (10) 100 (15) 105 (10) 108 (8) 113 (7)
18chindit9512:19 85 (21) 97 (22) 96 (20) 95 (22) 125 (20)
19Heyesey7912:30 73 (19) 106 (17) 128 (18) 92 (20) 102 (15)
20Quizimodo10712:35 79 (22) 105 (24) 103 (23) 104 (23) 105 (25)
21Ben Staveley4412:57 76 (10) 102 (12) 105 (9) 109 (16) 100 (7)
22trux3013:00 82 (7) 100 (11) 86 (7) 108 (9) 122 (6)
23Toffer7513:19 79 (17) 97 (19) 109 (20) 91 (15) 123 (14)
24AlanS9513:25 81 (25) 101 (22) 108 (19) 90 (17) 119 (22)
25Silva10013:34 83 (23) 107 (23) 98 (17) 98 (25) 112 (22)
26mchalen10813:38 82 (25) 99 (22) 96 (25) 101 (22) 121 (24)
27Topical Tim9013:40 73 (23) 96 (20) 120 (17) 95 (19) 120 (21)
28KenTurner8613:45 94 (18) 99 (23) 105 (19) 103 (18) 97 (18)
29Stavros7713:45 87 (18) 107 (16) 98 (22) 89 (15) 118 (16)
30mikegrocott6913:51 80 (19) 104 (18) 113 (17) 87 (11) 114 (14)
31Denis11213:58 80 (25) 99 (22) 102 (24) 103 (26) 114 (25)
32neilr9814:05 81 (23) 103 (22) 104 (20) 94 (20) 115 (23)
33jjp5114:41 79 (18) 119 (11) 92 (7) 97 (12) 120 (13)
34Tibthorpe9914:59 80 (20) 104 (22) 111 (21) 94 (23) 107 (23)
35phineus6615:15 85 (14) 126 (16) 102 (16) 77 (14) 102 (16)
36AndyOwl10615:58 78 (22) 103 (25) 100 (23) 103 (22) 112 (24)
37robinh8116:00 83 (19) 103 (21) 103 (16) 107 (18) 101 (17)
38earlylight8616:16 97 (18) 103 (17) 92 (19) 98 (21) 107 (21)
39Sue Sweeper5916:19 79 (16) 102 (12) 98 (14) 105 (15) 122 (12)
40sotira6216:38 83 (18) 110 (19) 89 (8) 94 (11) 114 (16)
41subbswamysg4616:42 82 (12) 94 (12) 110 (10) 110 (11) 105 (11)
42rpb7716:42 77 (17) 110 (21) 112 (16) 88 (18) 111 (15)
43nesbitt5716:42 84 (19) 107 (16) 119 (10) 96 (16) 115 (6)
44OliviaRhineb10016:47 79 (23) 103 (23) 105 (22) 99 (20) 112 (22)
45Margaretlarb5017:07 97 (12) 98 (12) 109 (10) 114 (10) 88 (16)
46RHB6117:26 77 (16) 106 (14) 108 (12) 103 (17) 109 (12)
47phthisis9917:38 85 (21) 99 (22) 106 (21) 98 (24) 110 (21)
48fshephe9018:07 72 (20) 100 (18) 111 (22) 105 (21) 110 (19)
49Bernard S6518:19 87 (15) 99 (15) 103 (13) 103 (18) 106 (14)
50andyt9318:44 90 (21) 101 (20) 101 (18) 101 (22) 105 (22)
51mark oshin4518:50 80 (9) 93 (8) 106 (12) 104 (12) 105 (14)
52pterodactyl6219:22 76 (13) 89 (11) 111 (18) 98 (15) 115 (15)
53David Crooks10119:28 86 (25) 98 (22) 104 (22) 93 (23) 123 (19)
54sampson6819:35 88 (18) 94 (13) 105 (16) 106 (19) 104 (12)
55Zabadak8519:35 83 (20) 110 (18) 104 (16) 94 (22) 110 (19)
56reindeer8019:40 87 (18) 99 (18) 90 (17) 108 (19) 113 (18)
57Kevin Gregg4519:47 78 (12) 95 (11) 117 (14) 89 (10) 121 (8)
58noidea3519:50 77 (6) 94 (9) 94 (6) 89 (9) 117 (15)
59GMcD10020:07 82 (24) 99 (24) 113 (20) 93 (22) 116 (20)
60David P8920:44 81 (22) 100 (21) 93 (16) 106 (21) 118 (19)
61peter wild9220:44 77 (22) 99 (19) 111 (21) 101 (20) 111 (20)
62AnneGinger7120:50 83 (17) 104 (17) 109 (12) 99 (21) 107 (14)
63MickinEly27320:57 96 (10) 99 (21) 104 (17) 95 (17) 102 (18)
64Bobb5821:41 83 (14) 105 (15) 94 (12) 99 (13) 115 (14)
65Ben Ganly6721:49 86 (18) 100 (14) 108 (16) 85 (14) 120 (15)
66PeterMabey7622:05 81 (19) 111 (17) 102 (19) 97 (18) 113 (13)
67alanjcannon6422:21 86 (18) 91 (19) 107 (11) 94 (12) 129 (14)
68Edprof6823:08 88 (12) 92 (17) 97 (16) 100 (16) 117 (17)
69NJeagle7623:09 77 (18) 103 (16) 116 (17) 95 (17) 107 (18)
70barracuda9723:11 75 (23) 103 (23) 112 (20) 93 (21) 118 (20)
71zythum10423:39 77 (20) 96 (24) 109 (21) 99 (25) 114 (24)
72Groucho5723:42 82 (15) 101 (16) 94 (10) 103 (13) 120 (13)
73Julian West5823:44 71 (13) 102 (13) 107 (15) 99 (16) 121 (11)
74Big Mick7824:22 78 (18) 108 (18) 96 (14) 102 (18) 111 (20)
75frost5724:30 71 (10) 118 (14) 87 (15) 98 (16) 120 (12)
76Galspray6824:40 72 (18) 115 (14) 93 (18) 110 (14) 120 (14)
77Jefe4625:26 78 (13) 89 (10) 122 (13) 102 (9) 105 (11)
78Chadwick4625:30 72 (12) 107 (13) 115 (9) 112 (10) 98 (12)
79benedick6925:43 77 (9) 98 (17) 117 (17) 91 (17) 102 (19)
80Solver526426:13 84 (14) 99 (15) 102 (15) 94 (13) 114 (17)
81me_phobete7126:36 80 (20) 94 (19) 109 (11) 94 (14) 127 (17)
82leonora4626:39 77 (11) 107 (9) 102 (11) 98 (14) 115 (11)
83Scoffer2726:59 90 (6) 82 (9) 119 (8) 97 (7) 110 (7)
84Son of Smug6927:20 79 (14) 108 (20) 96 (16) 100 (15) 111 (14)
85crosswordian6927:27 84 (15) 107 (18) 102 (16) 101 (16) 100 (14)
86Pwil30584927:39 76 (13) 102 (15) 107 (8) 118 (11) 100 (12)
87oldpalace4728:28 102 (6) 101 (12) 96 (12) 98 (10) 101 (17)
88Bobchapman5528:34 58 (12) 92 (16) 109 (11) 101 (10) 130 (16)
89KarenR6629:05 79 (18) 92 (17) 106 (14) 109 (14) 122 (13)
90Prytherch5029:45 83 (6) 103 (12) 100 (14) 96 (15) 106 (13)
91stockynige3530:21 82 (8) 100 (10) 82 (8) 114 (7) 113 (12)
92Ron's mum3330:24 81 (6) 105 (7) 84 (8) 101 (10) 112 (12)
93rjr5204331:06 69 (11) 107 (14) 84 (8) 110 (13) 133 (7)
94diogenes3231:34 73 (7) 87 (7) 94 (9) 108 (10) 124 (9)
95MaxenEH4132:03 70 (6) 99 (13) 116 (12) 94 (10) 100 (10)
96Big Nug3734:17 73 (6) 98 (10) 101 (8) 91 (11) 118 (12)
97koro5334:39 76 (8) 109 (13) 92 (14) 101 (11) 106 (17)
98ulaca3535:44 57 (7) 94 (10) 91 (8) 100 (7) 127 (13)
99Jeeves4438:07 69 (8) 99 (11) 97 (11) 99 (12) 121 (12)
100cassandra3739:29 90 (7) 102 (8) 96 (12) 99 (8) 106 (12)
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