Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for January 2018

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
1Magoo9206:02 90 (19) 98 (20) 90 (16) 108 (25) 106 (22)
2Eamon Ryan11806:02 93 (26) 101 (25) 104 (25) 101 (26) 98 (26)
3mohn6406:20 87 (18) 108 (20) 88 (10) 98 (14) 115 (12)
4Lettuceleaf8606:37 103 (20) 96 (19) 102 (17) 97 (19) 100 (21)
5Jason10806:44 85 (23) 107 (24) 101 (24) 101 (24) 102 (23)
6verlaine10208:32 80 (25) 106 (26) 85 (19) 102 (26) 133 (16)
7aphis9910309:48 98 (22) 96 (21) 100 (25) 100 (23) 104 (22)
8DaddyM5910:13 93 (13) 93 (13) 102 (15) 106 (15) 102 (13)
9richard5610:18 89 (15) 84 (6) 91 (13) 114 (15) 107 (17)
10AlanS6410:21 79 (16) 93 (15) 89 (13) 102 (15) 135 (15)
11auchiedollie6910:29 86 (19) 105 (20) 103 (16) 101 (15) 107 (9)
12chindit10311:32 85 (24) 101 (24) 96 (19) 104 (22) 110 (24)
13lickert10911:44 80 (26) 110 (24) 95 (21) 101 (24) 113 (24)
14tiggis4111:56 98 (12) 111 (11) 94 (9) 90 (13) 113 (6)
15glheard9712:08 86 (20) 102 (24) 96 (23) 101 (23) 114 (17)
16Tom Stubbs11312:17 84 (25) 112 (26) 100 (23) 92 (24) 108 (25)
17Topical Tim8512:29 73 (21) 119 (19) 104 (17) 100 (19) 106 (19)
18Stavros10213:25 85 (24) 104 (25) 97 (18) 100 (22) 110 (23)
19Silva10113:32 80 (21) 104 (23) 98 (23) 105 (25) 111 (19)
20neilr11313:33 86 (25) 100 (26) 98 (23) 104 (25) 111 (24)
21keriothe_11314:19 82 (25) 101 (24) 108 (23) 99 (25) 107 (26)
22Tibthorpe11414:22 80 (25) 94 (26) 109 (25) 103 (24) 112 (24)
23mchalen8614:41 85 (20) 107 (20) 94 (18) 104 (19) 106 (19)
24Ron's mum7515:01 82 (20) 121 (17) 119 (17) 80 (14) 95 (17)
25fshephe11915:09 86 (26) 102 (26) 107 (26) 103 (25) 99 (26)
26BoxBrownie7315:09 85 (19) 114 (16) 96 (19) 94 (13) 111 (16)
27Sue Sweeper7215:10 78 (18) 114 (19) 87 (15) 92 (15) 126 (15)
28SimonAnthony10615:27 87 (22) 93 (25) 106 (24) 90 (21) 120 (24)
29phthisis5815:42 87 (13) 100 (12) 93 (15) 103 (15) 115 (13)
30earlylight5115:45 93 (16) 99 (14) 93 (11) 88 (9) 127 (11)
31AndyOwl7415:50 86 (18) 96 (18) 114 (14) 87 (17) 119 (17)
32mikegrocott9015:56 89 (21) 109 (19) 100 (18) 93 (21) 108 (21)
33ChuckB9916:15 85 (22) 100 (19) 97 (23) 105 (24) 111 (21)
34sotira8816:36 87 (22) 106 (20) 93 (14) 101 (18) 108 (24)
35noidea10417:06 87 (25) 99 (18) 101 (23) 101 (25) 110 (23)
36Groucho8617:23 84 (24) 116 (20) 99 (19) 102 (20) 100 (13)
37robinh11117:42 78 (23) 101 (25) 108 (25) 104 (25) 105 (23)
38OliviaRhineb11118:20 81 (24) 101 (24) 106 (24) 99 (25) 110 (24)
39Spanna5718:33 91 (13) 97 (11) 101 (16) 102 (15) 106 (12)
40GMcD11119:01 82 (24) 108 (25) 103 (24) 101 (24) 104 (24)
41Big Mick8319:12 87 (22) 102 (22) 98 (14) 103 (21) 111 (14)
42David P10019:20 89 (24) 101 (21) 96 (18) 99 (25) 114 (22)
43MickinEly24519:36 90 (10) 94 (8) 99 (12) 105 (13) 105 (12)
44David Crooks11619:45 87 (26) 104 (26) 98 (26) 97 (23) 113 (25)
45sampson8420:12 86 (19) 101 (20) 101 (19) 101 (20) 110 (16)
46reindeer11820:12 84 (26) 102 (25) 98 (26) 104 (26) 109 (25)
47John Arnold5220:15 93 (16) 105 (13) 101 (11) 97 (13) 108 (9)
48pterodactyl6220:48 85 (13) 105 (14) 109 (15) 87 (16) 112 (14)
49kath4821:00 95 (13) 96 (12) 105 (13) 98 (11) 105 (9)
50Zabadak9721:23 86 (21) 108 (23) 88 (21) 101 (19) 112 (23)
51barracuda11022:00 83 (24) 94 (24) 111 (24) 98 (24) 111 (24)
52Kevin Gregg9122:58 84 (24) 96 (19) 106 (18) 103 (23) 114 (17)
53Bert Dove4023:08 92 (15) 110 (8) 91 (9) 108 (11) 102 (7)
54xmogg5623:46 102 (12) 106 (15) 91 (16) 97 (11) 103 (12)
55KarenR4924:16 83 (13) 118 (12) 107 (11) 97 (13) 94 (10)
56benedick6624:22 75 (14) 101 (17) 100 (14) 99 (17) 123 (14)
57zythum9124:38 86 (25) 110 (21) 103 (19) 98 (20) 105 (16)
58crosswordian10625:53 88 (25) 107 (25) 100 (24) 92 (20) 109 (22)
59Solver5210726:01 92 (24) 99 (24) 101 (24) 102 (22) 104 (23)
60Edprof8126:48 78 (17) 98 (20) 116 (17) 97 (18) 108 (19)
61Chadwick10728:13 82 (24) 107 (23) 104 (25) 99 (23) 106 (22)
62NAPASAI5428:25 97 (13) 93 (14) 83 (13) 102 (13) 129 (11)
63Manveru6128:35 81 (15) 106 (16) 112 (12) 92 (11) 105 (17)
64dec5631:40 92 (13) 97 (13) 105 (12) 110 (13) 96 (15)
65rosselliot9831:43 87 (22) 102 (20) 103 (22) 103 (22) 104 (22)
66FelicityTT4431:54 83 (11) 121 (9) 92 (13) 108 (10) 101 (11)
67nekabue9932:07 87 (25) 95 (23) 109 (24) 96 (21) 116 (16)
68koro11133:01 86 (25) 101 (24) 103 (23) 106 (25) 102 (24)
69diogenes6733:09 80 (16) 102 (12) 93 (13) 106 (17) 113 (19)
70Jeeves5633:38 86 (12) 102 (14) 93 (14) 96 (14) 122 (12)
71Mkgnao10734:55 88 (24) 102 (24) 107 (23) 83 (23) 118 (23)
72cassandra11536:02 96 (26) 100 (25) 98 (25) 102 (24) 102 (25)
73Glyndwr7636:03 92 (22) 99 (15) 100 (15) 104 (20) 106 (14)
74fudgiebates6137:28 81 (12) 113 (16) 88 (12) 109 (14) 100 (17)
75Big Nug10437:32 85 (24) 114 (23) 104 (24) 92 (22) 102 (21)
76Jefe5538:33 74 (14) 101 (14) 73 (8) 111 (14) 122 (15)
77JohnDun10238:35 80 (17) 91 (24) 104 (23) 99 (25) 118 (23)
7812349538:42 73 (19) 107 (23) 110 (23) 101 (21) 102 (19)
79ulaca9840:39 82 (13) 109 (22) 104 (24) 98 (25) 96 (24)
80JerryR10348:49 85 (23) 102 (22) 104 (23) 92 (23) 116 (22)
81Clovis8754:35 42 (20) 92 (20) 193 (18) 52 (21) 134 (18)
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