Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for December 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
1Magoo8706:07 86 (18) 102 (19) 94 (16) 107 (24) 103 (20)
2Eamon Ryan11806:09 93 (26) 101 (25) 101 (25) 100 (26) 101 (26)
3mohn6006:27 86 (18) 111 (20) 88 (9) 98 (12) 111 (11)
4Lettuceleaf8806:40 98 (20) 98 (19) 105 (18) 96 (19) 102 (22)
5Jason10906:54 80 (24) 111 (24) 100 (24) 100 (24) 107 (23)
6verlaine10308:36 76 (25) 107 (26) 90 (20) 104 (26) 128 (16)
7aphis9910210:00 91 (22) 100 (21) 99 (25) 103 (22) 106 (22)
8AlanS8210:17 78 (20) 95 (19) 96 (17) 99 (18) 132 (18)
9auchiedollie8410:19 85 (22) 105 (22) 104 (19) 100 (19) 108 (12)
10richard6410:33 80 (16) 94 (8) 96 (14) 116 (16) 106 (20)
11DaddyM5711:01 89 (15) 96 (12) 102 (14) 109 (14) 101 (12)
12tiggis4211:42 96 (13) 111 (9) 97 (9) 96 (15) 103 (6)
13chindit10411:50 80 (24) 104 (24) 96 (20) 108 (22) 110 (24)
14lickert10911:57 77 (26) 112 (24) 96 (21) 99 (24) 115 (24)
15glheard9912:11 81 (22) 104 (24) 98 (23) 103 (23) 117 (17)
16Tom Stubbs11312:19 82 (25) 116 (26) 97 (23) 90 (24) 111 (25)
17Topical Tim8313:20 71 (21) 123 (19) 101 (17) 95 (18) 112 (18)
18Silva10013:26 82 (23) 108 (23) 96 (22) 105 (24) 108 (18)
19neilr11413:35 83 (25) 101 (26) 98 (23) 104 (25) 111 (25)
20Stavros10314:06 81 (24) 110 (25) 92 (19) 103 (22) 110 (23)
21keriothe_10814:24 75 (25) 108 (22) 106 (21) 102 (24) 108 (26)
22Tibthorpe11314:29 78 (25) 95 (25) 106 (25) 102 (24) 117 (24)
23mchalen9714:31 81 (22) 106 (22) 96 (20) 104 (21) 110 (22)
24fshephe11915:12 85 (26) 102 (26) 105 (26) 107 (25) 99 (26)
25Sue Sweeper7015:16 75 (18) 113 (18) 87 (15) 88 (16) 145 (13)
26BoxBrownie5815:23 81 (16) 117 (13) 96 (15) 97 (11) 113 (13)
27earlylight5415:35 91 (15) 103 (14) 94 (12) 87 (10) 120 (13)
28phthisis6415:37 88 (15) 97 (14) 95 (16) 104 (16) 115 (13)
29mikegrocott8415:40 89 (19) 106 (17) 101 (19) 93 (19) 109 (20)
30SimonAnthony9715:43 78 (19) 91 (24) 112 (20) 82 (21) 131 (23)
31AndyOwl7415:50 86 (18) 96 (18) 114 (14) 87 (17) 119 (17)
32ChuckB10216:31 81 (23) 101 (19) 99 (24) 104 (24) 113 (22)
33sotira8616:58 79 (21) 108 (19) 97 (14) 103 (19) 110 (23)
34Groucho8617:13 84 (24) 115 (20) 97 (18) 105 (21) 100 (13)
35noidea9417:16 84 (23) 103 (16) 102 (21) 101 (24) 110 (20)
36robinh10117:54 77 (21) 104 (23) 108 (23) 104 (23) 103 (21)
37OliviaRhineb11018:08 78 (23) 103 (25) 100 (24) 101 (25) 114 (23)
38Ron's mum7918:25 67 (21) 104 (16) 102 (18) 82 (15) 143 (19)
39Spanna4918:33 87 (11) 99 (11) 102 (14) 103 (13) 105 (10)
40Big Mick9119:21 84 (24) 104 (23) 96 (18) 104 (21) 115 (15)
41GMcD11219:31 80 (24) 111 (25) 96 (24) 100 (25) 110 (24)
42MickinEly24919:32 92 (12) 99 (9) 93 (11) 105 (14) 105 (13)
43David P9819:35 86 (24) 102 (19) 91 (17) 97 (25) 120 (23)
44David Crooks10619:48 84 (24) 106 (24) 98 (24) 97 (21) 113 (23)
45kath4919:50 95 (15) 93 (11) 106 (15) 98 (10) 107 (8)
46reindeer11819:51 82 (26) 104 (25) 98 (26) 102 (26) 112 (25)
47sampson8919:56 88 (22) 104 (20) 98 (19) 101 (22) 109 (16)
48pterodactyl5820:26 83 (13) 113 (14) 104 (14) 87 (15) 112 (12)
49John Arnold5520:36 91 (17) 104 (14) 99 (11) 94 (13) 117 (10)
50Zabadak9221:53 78 (19) 109 (23) 88 (21) 104 (18) 116 (21)
51barracuda11022:19 79 (24) 97 (24) 107 (24) 100 (24) 115 (24)
52Galspray2823:01 77 (8) 123 (8) 94 (8) 87 (8) 125 (6)
53Kevin Gregg9223:05 84 (24) 96 (19) 109 (18) 101 (24) 114 (17)
54Bert Dove4423:12 92 (18) 112 (8) 89 (9) 109 (13) 105 (6)
55xmogg5124:21 98 (13) 108 (13) 92 (13) 95 (11) 104 (11)
56benedick6624:24 77 (15) 100 (16) 94 (13) 100 (16) 124 (16)
57KarenR5324:40 78 (14) 123 (13) 108 (13) 96 (13) 93 (10)
58zythum9625:03 82 (23) 108 (22) 101 (21) 98 (22) 111 (18)
59crosswordian10525:29 87 (25) 107 (25) 99 (24) 95 (19) 109 (22)
60Solver529626:22 87 (22) 104 (21) 102 (23) 101 (19) 104 (21)
61Edprof8226:34 74 (18) 95 (19) 115 (17) 97 (18) 115 (20)
62Chadwick10428:10 81 (24) 110 (22) 98 (24) 101 (23) 110 (21)
63NAPASAI5428:23 82 (13) 94 (15) 96 (13) 98 (11) 131 (12)
64Manveru7029:00 80 (17) 105 (18) 117 (13) 88 (12) 107 (20)
65FelicityTT4831:30 86 (12) 120 (10) 92 (13) 100 (12) 105 (11)
66dec6631:51 90 (14) 101 (16) 105 (15) 109 (15) 92 (16)
67rosselliot10032:07 85 (22) 103 (20) 100 (22) 101 (23) 108 (23)
68Prytherch2132:21 82 (6) 93 (6) 102 (6) 97 (6) 119 (7)
69nekabue9832:50 81 (25) 99 (23) 112 (25) 90 (20) 124 (15)
70koro10433:07 83 (24) 105 (23) 102 (20) 107 (23) 102 (24)
71Jeeves6533:46 79 (13) 105 (17) 94 (16) 101 (15) 118 (14)
72Mkgnao9034:35 83 (20) 107 (20) 107 (20) 83 (20) 117 (20)
73Glyndwr9336:29 87 (25) 102 (19) 98 (19) 103 (22) 112 (18)
74Big Nug9537:27 84 (22) 114 (22) 103 (21) 90 (20) 107 (20)
75cassandra11537:30 95 (26) 100 (25) 99 (25) 100 (24) 104 (25)
76Jefe6337:52 71 (15) 96 (15) 79 (11) 105 (16) 138 (16)
77fudgiebates6838:43 78 (10) 114 (18) 84 (15) 104 (16) 104 (19)
7812349138:46 70 (19) 111 (22) 110 (22) 99 (21) 104 (17)
79JohnDun10139:56 74 (18) 94 (23) 104 (23) 99 (24) 121 (23)
80ulaca9942:00 73 (13) 119 (22) 96 (24) 99 (25) 99 (25)
81diogenes7342:22 59 (18) 203 (14) 81 (16) 92 (17) 86 (18)
82JerryR10347:10 82 (23) 111 (22) 99 (23) 95 (23) 112 (22)
83Clovis8860:28 38 (20) 88 (20) 186 (18) 63 (20) 132 (20)
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