Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for September 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
1Magoo7806:05 86 (15) 107 (19) 94 (16) 101 (22) 106 (16)
2Eamon Ryan11606:21 95 (26) 100 (26) 97 (22) 97 (26) 107 (26)
3Lettuceleaf8307:07 92 (22) 93 (17) 111 (16) 102 (18) 101 (20)
4Jason11707:10 78 (25) 105 (26) 98 (25) 97 (26) 119 (25)
5verlaine10009:11 75 (24) 104 (25) 89 (21) 101 (22) 137 (18)
6DaddyM8109:33 88 (19) 101 (20) 97 (16) 113 (18) 99 (18)
7aphis9910310:12 90 (22) 96 (25) 91 (22) 112 (21) 109 (23)
8auchiedollie10010:19 87 (24) 101 (23) 104 (20) 101 (26) 108 (17)
9AlanS11210:30 82 (25) 103 (25) 92 (23) 97 (24) 123 (25)
10richard8810:40 84 (21) 96 (20) 101 (16) 105 (22) 112 (19)
11tiggis3210:52 94 (10) 98 (6) 105 (6) 102 (14) 101 (6)
12lickert11012:04 77 (26) 102 (26) 98 (20) 96 (25) 126 (23)
13glheard8712:04 82 (21) 113 (20) 95 (20) 97 (21) 117 (15)
14tonysever7312:08 83 (17) 110 (17) 93 (17) 94 (16) 117 (16)
15Tom Stubbs11112:09 88 (26) 101 (26) 96 (23) 97 (23) 117 (23)
16chindit11912:10 82 (26) 100 (26) 93 (25) 105 (26) 117 (26)
17alanconnor3412:24 70 (10) 107 (9) 95 (9) 95 (8) 141 (8)
18Heyesey3412:30 93 (12) 97 (6) 95 (10) 88 (6) 119 (10)
19Topical Tim10113:02 75 (24) 99 (24) 108 (19) 100 (23) 121 (21)
20aphasic3813:16 88 (13) 103 (8) 102 (9) 101 (12) 119 (6)
21neilr11613:53 82 (26) 100 (26) 98 (23) 103 (25) 113 (26)
22Silva10113:54 83 (23) 106 (25) 91 (21) 111 (23) 106 (19)
23keriothe_9414:13 79 (25) 104 (21) 106 (19) 105 (19) 109 (20)
24Stavros10914:27 83 (24) 112 (25) 90 (22) 102 (25) 111 (23)
25earlylight5114:49 100 (16) 101 (13) 87 (7) 88 (11) 111 (14)
26mchalen11514:51 79 (25) 103 (26) 101 (23) 104 (25) 110 (26)
27mikegrocott7714:54 93 (17) 100 (18) 96 (14) 99 (18) 107 (20)
28Tibthorpe10814:56 83 (25) 91 (23) 101 (22) 96 (23) 126 (25)
29Toffer6315:18 80 (16) 91 (15) 103 (14) 104 (14) 123 (14)
30fshephe11515:19 89 (26) 99 (25) 99 (23) 107 (25) 103 (26)
31SimonAnthony7215:21 81 (16) 83 (18) 91 (13) 103 (17) 135 (18)
32AndyOwl2915:21 89 (8) 92 (8) 109 (7) 81 (8) 128 (8)
33jjp5415:26 91 (16) 94 (14) 105 (12) 102 (13) 114 (9)
34Sue Sweeper7415:41 81 (20) 92 (21) 91 (15) 103 (14) 145 (14)
35Margaretlarb2615:58 92 (8) 97 (9) 103 (6) 92 (6) 115 (7)
36phthisis8015:59 85 (18) 95 (18) 96 (18) 107 (19) 115 (17)
37sotira10416:47 81 (24) 99 (24) 99 (20) 102 (23) 117 (23)
38robinh9417:07 84 (22) 101 (23) 100 (18) 108 (22) 105 (19)
39OliviaRhineb10517:10 82 (24) 100 (26) 94 (20) 109 (24) 114 (21)
40RHB5917:14 84 (17) 101 (13) 95 (12) 96 (12) 122 (15)
41nesbitt4717:15 79 (13) 95 (14) 111 (11) 103 (10) 120 (9)
42Carol5217:35 87 (18) 108 (14) 100 (9) 89 (11) 122 (10)
43ChuckB10717:40 82 (24) 97 (24) 91 (21) 114 (25) 112 (23)
44Groucho8718:06 80 (23) 107 (21) 97 (17) 107 (20) 112 (16)
45rpb6318:11 78 (17) 100 (15) 99 (13) 94 (14) 132 (14)
46noidea8618:13 85 (21) 99 (16) 90 (18) 105 (22) 121 (19)
47pterodactyl5518:17 97 (16) 98 (15) 91 (9) 101 (15) 112 (10)
48kath5118:22 96 (19) 101 (12) 108 (13) 87 (9) 107 (8)
49Ron's mum9118:49 73 (23) 100 (21) 98 (19) 87 (18) 143 (20)
50Bernard S5519:00 84 (14) 98 (15) 73 (9) 104 (15) 132 (12)
51mark oshin3719:06 71 (11) 102 (8) 95 (7) 111 (11) 119 (10)
52sampson7919:17 91 (21) 98 (17) 99 (15) 96 (18) 115 (18)
53David Crooks10119:41 89 (23) 100 (23) 90 (22) 103 (21) 116 (22)
54reindeer9619:43 89 (21) 96 (22) 98 (20) 102 (23) 112 (20)
55David P9719:57 87 (25) 99 (17) 91 (16) 96 (24) 120 (25)
56John Arnold5720:09 91 (21) 99 (15) 116 (11) 94 (10) 107 (10)
57MickinEly23920:22 88 (11) 106 (9) 91 (9) 109 (11) 104 (9)
58Big Mick9320:23 81 (24) 102 (26) 94 (20) 104 (19) 129 (14)
59GMcD10920:29 78 (25) 110 (25) 85 (21) 100 (24) 122 (24)
60peter wild6620:39 86 (16) 101 (16) 99 (14) 102 (15) 111 (15)
61anthea7020:44 100 (16) 100 (17) 99 (14) 102 (16) 97 (17)
62AnneGinger5220:51 84 (14) 98 (13) 101 (12) 105 (13) 117 (10)
63barracuda11122:10 82 (26) 95 (23) 99 (23) 102 (25) 121 (24)
64alanjcannon6922:34 90 (18) 91 (17) 99 (14) 107 (16) 114 (14)
65Kevin Gregg9522:45 83 (23) 97 (21) 100 (19) 107 (23) 114 (19)
66Zabadak10023:09 79 (22) 105 (24) 90 (21) 109 (20) 113 (23)
67zythum10123:56 86 (23) 100 (21) 92 (21) 106 (24) 113 (22)
68PeterMabey6824:29 81 (17) 94 (14) 89 (16) 110 (16) 126 (15)
69benedick6924:56 80 (16) 90 (13) 82 (16) 99 (16) 139 (18)
70Edprof8325:05 76 (20) 97 (21) 99 (16) 102 (18) 128 (18)
71Son of Smug4125:05 73 (9) 96 (12) 101 (10) 116 (11) 108 (9)
72Galspray9125:22 72 (21) 103 (21) 85 (20) 93 (20) 148 (19)
73crosswordian10125:25 89 (26) 99 (24) 93 (21) 100 (18) 118 (22)
74KarenR7825:57 83 (20) 104 (19) 109 (18) 97 (17) 109 (14)
75Solver526627:06 93 (19) 108 (18) 93 (14) 100 (12) 103 (13)
76leonora7327:10 87 (18) 89 (17) 97 (14) 103 (17) 122 (17)
77Smiler5627:40 81 (14) 97 (16) 100 (12) 99 (13) 127 (11)
78Chadwick7627:49 88 (19) 105 (19) 93 (16) 98 (16) 115 (16)
79Barry Smith6028:33 90 (16) 101 (13) 90 (14) 102 (13) 117 (14)
80Bobb4028:55 79 (9) 110 (12) 93 (8) 102 (11) 106 (10)
81NAPASAI6529:09 87 (14) 88 (18) 96 (15) 96 (14) 135 (14)
82Moles4129:12 89 (8) 98 (9) 100 (9) 101 (13) 105 (12)
83me_phobete6329:24 81 (16) 98 (15) 89 (12) 101 (14) 126 (16)
84ccy235329:45 63 (9) 79 (13) 141 (12) 93 (15) 112 (14)
85Manveru6530:19 86 (16) 96 (20) 106 (13) 91 (10) 117 (16)
86oldpalace4130:36 107 (12) 101 (11) 93 (9) 97 (9) 96 (10)
87Prytherch7631:51 87 (17) 93 (18) 101 (15) 99 (17) 116 (19)
88FelicityTT2931:53 82 (6) 106 (10) 93 (7) 99 (10) 114 (6)
89burrowz1b5932:07 113 (15) 136 (15) 79 (11) 69 (12) 88 (16)
90rosselliot10432:27 96 (23) 94 (24) 96 (21) 101 (22) 110 (24)
91dec6233:09 111 (16) 105 (12) 89 (12) 97 (17) 93 (15)
92koro10333:14 86 (23) 98 (24) 103 (18) 105 (22) 106 (26)
93Mkgnao2933:16 78 (8) 88 (8) 97 (7) 95 (8) 139 (8)
94Jeeves8434:06 77 (16) 97 (21) 91 (16) 106 (21) 119 (20)
95Jefe7435:57 87 (17) 83 (19) 80 (14) 108 (17) 137 (17)
96Big Nug3336:11 80 (9) 108 (9) 105 (9) 96 (9) 113 (7)
97nekabue9636:26 72 (23) 107 (24) 111 (24) 89 (16) 118 (19)
98Glyndwr9736:43 88 (26) 96 (21) 88 (19) 104 (20) 123 (21)
99fudgiebates8539:32 72 (16) 113 (22) 85 (16) 105 (20) 111 (21)
10012348339:51 75 (20) 107 (23) 102 (15) 100 (20) 119 (15)
101cassandra11240:38 95 (26) 98 (25) 99 (22) 100 (24) 106 (25)
102ulaca8841:25 74 (12) 104 (22) 90 (20) 103 (22) 113 (22)
103Ben Ganly6141:41 54 (14) 81 (16) 65 (13) 227 (15) 56 (13)
104lesbunch3742:27 63 (13) 91 (7) 86 (6) 91 (10) 162 (11)
105JohnDun9842:28 81 (17) 98 (23) 85 (21) 105 (25) 122 (22)
106JerryR9842:53 82 (22) 114 (22) 91 (20) 97 (22) 113 (22)
107diogenes7053:01 49 (16) 197 (16) 96 (17) 81 (17) 72 (14)
108Clovis8973:46 36 (21) 43 (20) 169 (19) 88 (20) 172 (19)
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