Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for October 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
1Magoo7806:07 77 (14) 111 (18) 99 (16) 102 (23) 103 (17)
2Eamon Ryan11706:18 95 (26) 103 (26) 98 (23) 98 (26) 103 (26)
3mohn3906:40 86 (12) 112 (15) 87 (8) 101 (8) 111 (6)
4Lettuceleaf8806:57 93 (23) 94 (18) 110 (17) 101 (18) 102 (22)
5Jason11607:07 81 (25) 108 (26) 97 (25) 97 (26) 114 (24)
6verlaine10008:52 75 (24) 109 (25) 91 (22) 101 (24) 136 (15)
7aphis9910310:13 87 (22) 102 (23) 93 (23) 108 (21) 108 (24)
8auchiedollie9610:17 85 (24) 106 (22) 102 (20) 102 (24) 105 (16)
9DaddyM8310:24 90 (19) 96 (21) 98 (17) 113 (18) 100 (18)
10AlanS11410:32 82 (26) 102 (25) 94 (24) 94 (24) 126 (25)
11richard8110:44 81 (19) 98 (16) 100 (17) 105 (21) 113 (18)
12tiggis3311:07 96 (9) 101 (7) 103 (6) 101 (14) 97 (7)
13alanconnor2411:39 73 (8) 113 (7) 105 (7) 88 (6) 126 (6)
14chindit11911:57 77 (26) 103 (26) 94 (25) 108 (26) 115 (26)
15tonysever5312:01 83 (13) 116 (13) 91 (13) 93 (12) 115 (12)
16lickert10812:04 73 (26) 105 (25) 101 (20) 98 (25) 126 (22)
17glheard9312:07 83 (22) 110 (22) 94 (22) 98 (20) 118 (17)
18Tom Stubbs11312:21 85 (26) 109 (26) 97 (24) 97 (24) 111 (23)
19trux4212:34 82 (13) 125 (12) 92 (13) 100 (8) 104 (6)
20Topical Tim8612:51 75 (21) 105 (21) 102 (16) 98 (19) 121 (19)
21aphasic2713:30 81 (9) 109 (6) 95 (6) 104 (10) 117 (6)
22neilr11613:57 81 (26) 102 (26) 101 (24) 102 (25) 112 (25)
23Silva10514:07 82 (23) 108 (25) 92 (22) 108 (25) 107 (20)
24Stavros10514:12 80 (23) 109 (25) 91 (21) 102 (23) 113 (23)
25keriothe_10014:17 73 (25) 111 (21) 107 (20) 106 (21) 105 (23)
26mchalen11414:44 79 (24) 106 (26) 98 (23) 101 (25) 111 (26)
27Toffer4614:49 75 (12) 98 (12) 106 (11) 116 (11) 106 (10)
28Tibthorpe10914:53 77 (24) 94 (23) 101 (23) 99 (24) 126 (25)
29jjp4014:59 90 (12) 101 (10) 102 (10) 105 (11) 102 (7)
30mikegrocott7915:13 92 (18) 103 (17) 97 (16) 96 (18) 108 (20)
31earlylight6315:13 97 (18) 102 (16) 87 (10) 94 (13) 112 (16)
32fshephe11715:13 87 (26) 102 (26) 102 (24) 104 (25) 102 (26)
33BoxBrownie2415:16 77 (7) 121 (7) 84 (7) 98 (6) 118 (7)
34Sue Sweeper6715:38 75 (19) 97 (18) 88 (14) 104 (13) 149 (13)
35SimonAnthony8415:42 70 (18) 85 (19) 98 (16) 93 (19) 142 (22)
36AndyOwl4815:57 90 (12) 93 (12) 118 (10) 84 (12) 116 (12)
37phthisis7716:05 84 (18) 102 (17) 93 (18) 108 (18) 113 (16)
38RHB4416:46 81 (13) 106 (11) 86 (9) 95 (10) 130 (11)
39sotira9916:47 79 (23) 102 (22) 98 (19) 103 (22) 116 (23)
40ChuckB10617:13 84 (25) 102 (22) 97 (22) 103 (24) 112 (23)
41Carol4917:20 87 (18) 107 (13) 101 (7) 96 (11) 119 (10)
42OliviaRhineb10817:26 78 (24) 102 (26) 98 (22) 104 (25) 116 (21)
43robinh9617:37 79 (21) 104 (23) 104 (19) 105 (22) 105 (21)
44noidea8717:39 81 (21) 100 (16) 91 (18) 109 (23) 116 (19)
45Groucho8517:41 81 (24) 110 (21) 94 (17) 113 (19) 104 (14)
46rpb4517:46 75 (13) 112 (11) 106 (9) 88 (11) 123 (11)
47Ron's mum9618:12 71 (24) 111 (22) 92 (20) 79 (19) 146 (21)
48kath4918:39 91 (18) 96 (11) 110 (14) 94 (8) 112 (8)
49pterodactyl5218:46 94 (14) 102 (12) 97 (12) 98 (14) 111 (10)
50Bernard S4019:17 82 (12) 98 (12) 74 (6) 92 (11) 151 (9)
51David Crooks10419:25 87 (24) 104 (24) 93 (23) 100 (21) 113 (22)
52sampson8419:25 91 (21) 100 (20) 95 (16) 100 (19) 112 (18)
53John Arnold5519:54 91 (19) 95 (13) 111 (11) 95 (11) 113 (11)
54reindeer10719:58 87 (23) 96 (23) 100 (23) 103 (25) 111 (23)
55David P9820:09 83 (25) 102 (17) 91 (16) 98 (25) 121 (25)
56MickinEly24920:12 90 (13) 104 (11) 93 (11) 107 (14) 104 (10)
57Big Mick9120:24 80 (23) 107 (25) 90 (18) 104 (20) 124 (15)
58peter wild4720:26 83 (12) 102 (12) 100 (11) 105 (11) 109 (11)
59AnneGinger4020:29 85 (12) 101 (9) 98 (10) 108 (11) 110 (8)
60GMcD11320:31 78 (25) 114 (26) 87 (23) 102 (25) 115 (24)
61anthea5320:53 98 (14) 100 (13) 101 (11) 103 (12) 97 (13)
62barracuda10522:08 80 (24) 97 (22) 105 (22) 100 (24) 116 (23)
63Bert Dove4322:46 88 (16) 107 (8) 101 (13) 108 (10) 107 (6)
64Kevin Gregg9622:47 82 (24) 100 (21) 103 (19) 105 (24) 112 (18)
65alanjcannon5122:52 91 (14) 91 (13) 101 (12) 110 (12) 108 (10)
66Zabadak9323:24 77 (21) 107 (23) 88 (20) 112 (18) 113 (21)
67PeterMabey5223:30 78 (14) 104 (11) 91 (12) 106 (13) 122 (12)
68zythum9923:56 82 (23) 102 (22) 96 (21) 106 (23) 114 (20)
69Son of Smug2724:26 73 (7) 107 (9) 97 (7) 108 (8) 109 (6)
70xmogg3624:37 96 (10) 103 (9) 100 (10) 98 (10) 103 (7)
71benedick7124:55 77 (15) 91 (14) 87 (17) 103 (17) 133 (18)
72Edprof7924:57 75 (19) 101 (19) 98 (16) 99 (17) 126 (18)
73KarenR6825:02 81 (18) 114 (16) 110 (17) 95 (15) 99 (12)
74Galspray7225:11 73 (17) 109 (17) 85 (16) 85 (17) 151 (15)
75crosswordian9925:21 88 (25) 105 (24) 95 (22) 99 (19) 114 (19)
76leonora5426:03 86 (14) 98 (13) 93 (11) 105 (13) 116 (13)
77Solver527826:26 87 (20) 106 (20) 98 (16) 102 (15) 107 (17)
78Smiler4027:36 84 (10) 100 (12) 95 (9) 101 (10) 121 (9)
79Barry Smith5127:39 92 (13) 103 (12) 90 (13) 101 (11) 113 (12)
80Bobb3027:55 81 (8) 117 (9) 96 (7) 112 (8) 89 (8)
81ccy233728:25 61 (6) 81 (11) 159 (9) 89 (11) 100 (10)
82Moles3128:44 91 (7) 99 (7) 102 (9) 101 (9) 102 (9)
83Chadwick7928:48 80 (20) 112 (18) 91 (17) 104 (17) 113 (17)
84me_phobete4429:21 81 (12) 103 (11) 84 (9) 106 (10) 121 (12)
85NAPASAI6929:46 81 (15) 88 (18) 93 (15) 104 (14) 129 (17)
86Manveru6930:38 83 (18) 100 (19) 107 (14) 96 (10) 111 (18)
87oldpalace2631:15 116 (8) 98 (7) 89 (7) 103 (6) 91 (8)
88Prytherch5831:42 84 (13) 94 (14) 102 (12) 101 (14) 114 (15)
89FelicityTT3731:46 83 (9) 111 (11) 90 (8) 99 (10) 109 (9)
90dec6931:55 95 (17) 108 (13) 97 (14) 104 (19) 94 (16)
91rosselliot10532:04 93 (23) 97 (23) 97 (21) 102 (24) 108 (24)
92burrowz1b4332:34 94 (11) 150 (12) 82 (9) 65 (9) 90 (12)
93koro9933:15 85 (23) 104 (23) 99 (18) 107 (21) 104 (24)
94stockynige4133:47 73 (12) 105 (11) 85 (9) 102 (6) 127 (13)
95Jeeves8033:51 77 (17) 100 (18) 91 (18) 107 (18) 120 (19)
96Mkgnao4834:42 80 (11) 102 (12) 109 (11) 86 (12) 119 (12)
97nekabue9234:51 72 (23) 101 (23) 120 (24) 82 (15) 119 (17)
98Glyndwr9635:58 86 (25) 98 (21) 88 (19) 110 (21) 119 (20)
99Big Nug5236:37 76 (13) 117 (13) 98 (13) 100 (12) 109 (11)
100Jefe7437:09 81 (17) 87 (18) 73 (13) 109 (19) 140 (17)
101cassandra11339:51 95 (26) 96 (25) 99 (23) 103 (24) 105 (25)
102fudgiebates8239:59 67 (14) 114 (21) 83 (16) 109 (18) 109 (23)
10312348540:27 69 (20) 111 (22) 109 (18) 99 (21) 116 (14)
104ulaca8641:17 73 (11) 107 (20) 91 (21) 109 (22) 103 (22)
105JohnDun10241:36 73 (17) 102 (24) 93 (24) 101 (25) 122 (22)
106Ben Ganly4543:28 49 (11) 53 (12) 65 (11) 275 (11) 55 (10)
107JerryR8943:34 84 (20) 112 (20) 95 (20) 99 (20) 109 (19)
108diogenes8051:34 51 (19) 198 (17) 97 (18) 84 (19) 77 (17)
109Clovis9168:26 37 (21) 49 (20) 176 (19) 91 (21) 152 (20)
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