Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for October 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
1mohn3106:12 98 (6) 92 (8) 98 (8) 99 (10) 108 (9)
2Magoo6006:38 82 (8) 105 (13) 102 (18) 93 (15) 106 (16)
3Eamon Ryan11806:45 88 (26) 96 (26) 96 (24) 108 (26) 109 (26)
4Jason11307:29 87 (26) 92 (25) 99 (22) 106 (24) 112 (26)
5verlaine8708:29 85 (23) 92 (23) 104 (21) 113 (22) 116 (8)
6mistigris7609:04 82 (17) 104 (17) 87 (16) 111 (18) 111 (18)
7aphis9911309:28 87 (24) 96 (25) 97 (24) 106 (26) 112 (24)
8Midas11609:35 88 (26) 100 (26) 98 (24) 104 (26) 108 (24)
9mxxx3809:49 98 (15) 105 (12) 104 (9) 86 (6) 97 (6)
10AlanS11210:23 88 (25) 98 (25) 97 (23) 96 (25) 119 (24)
11richard6510:34 90 (16) 102 (15) 87 (13) 111 (18) 104 (13)
12chindit9311:20 82 (22) 101 (21) 100 (19) 103 (20) 113 (21)
13lickert9211:32 90 (20) 104 (20) 94 (19) 104 (20) 105 (23)
14asaldanha8512:10 86 (19) 110 (18) 88 (18) 105 (18) 108 (22)
15trux4912:22 82 (14) 98 (14) 100 (12) 114 (10) 114 (9)
16chriswords9912:22 92 (23) 102 (22) 97 (22) 96 (21) 111 (21)
17Spur587312:28 92 (14) 102 (18) 99 (18) 103 (19) 101 (14)
18glheard9112:56 86 (22) 100 (19) 96 (19) 111 (22) 106 (19)
19Derek Harrison8913:07 96 (17) 100 (19) 91 (20) 95 (24) 116 (19)
20Topical Tim10913:08 83 (24) 108 (25) 96 (23) 107 (23) 103 (24)
21Tom Stubbs10613:16 81 (25) 102 (23) 105 (21) 109 (24) 102 (23)
22Stavros8413:59 86 (20) 99 (20) 91 (17) 108 (19) 114 (18)
23Ben Staveley5114:26 91 (10) 99 (14) 100 (12) 89 (15) 124 (10)
24neilr11314:41 91 (26) 93 (24) 97 (24) 101 (24) 116 (25)
25p.wild11614:58 93 (26) 105 (26) 91 (24) 107 (26) 101 (24)
26fshephe11715:10 93 (25) 100 (26) 100 (24) 99 (26) 105 (26)
27mikegrocott6015:12 95 (17) 96 (9) 98 (15) 101 (12) 106 (17)
28noidea8115:12 86 (19) 108 (18) 98 (17) 101 (18) 105 (19)
29Silva10915:15 82 (26) 102 (26) 103 (24) 100 (22) 114 (21)
30keriothe_8615:20 76 (18) 100 (20) 97 (20) 106 (18) 116 (20)
31jimpen9715:26 88 (22) 99 (23) 97 (21) 105 (22) 111 (19)
32Sheapey10115:54 84 (20) 94 (23) 94 (21) 101 (24) 122 (23)
33cyrillic9415:55 88 (19) 93 (22) 101 (23) 102 (21) 113 (19)
34Tibthorpe11016:12 74 (26) 98 (25) 100 (24) 119 (24) 110 (21)
35Jon8811616:18 84 (25) 104 (26) 105 (24) 99 (26) 106 (25)
36xyster7616:45 81 (18) 90 (20) 104 (15) 108 (18) 120 (15)
37Ron's mum7416:47 91 (21) 96 (17) 120 (17) 57 (15) 138 (14)
38PGooden9117:01 82 (23) 93 (23) 104 (18) 95 (19) 131 (18)
39Spanna5117:06 95 (17) 104 (12) 106 (11) 97 (12) 99 (9)
40SimonAnthony9617:06 81 (22) 91 (22) 113 (19) 117 (23) 97 (20)
41Malcj10917:21 81 (24) 95 (25) 102 (22) 102 (23) 117 (25)
42Groucho8617:24 86 (26) 113 (19) 97 (18) 112 (17) 96 (16)
43sotira8217:28 92 (21) 98 (18) 100 (19) 109 (16) 102 (18)
44Sue Sweeper6217:43 87 (14) 102 (16) 97 (12) 104 (16) 106 (14)
45phthisis4117:50 88 (11) 99 (13) 103 (11) 108 (8) 105 (8)
46robinh10318:32 84 (23) 94 (23) 99 (21) 101 (23) 119 (23)
47GMcD11818:52 84 (26) 93 (26) 91 (24) 114 (26) 115 (26)
48David Crooks9318:54 85 (24) 105 (22) 101 (20) 106 (18) 103 (19)
49OliviaRhineb11118:56 81 (26) 100 (26) 98 (24) 107 (26) 116 (19)
50David P5419:35 82 (12) 98 (12) 114 (12) 94 (13) 108 (15)
51Squallaby9220:11 79 (22) 104 (22) 98 (19) 112 (23) 105 (16)
52MikeOsborne9520:13 87 (22) 100 (22) 105 (20) 100 (21) 107 (20)
53JezWoolfrey8120:15 81 (18) 85 (16) 101 (19) 109 (16) 117 (22)
54Ed freshpot9020:16 92 (21) 99 (22) 100 (21) 94 (16) 111 (20)
55sampson6721:01 91 (18) 104 (21) 101 (14) 101 (15) 103 (9)
56barracuda11521:08 87 (26) 101 (26) 99 (24) 102 (23) 109 (26)
57John Arnold6721:11 92 (21) 97 (13) 104 (15) 91 (14) 117 (14)
58annelambirth7721:21 93 (23) 103 (18) 103 (14) 92 (20) 117 (12)
59gbestanley7722:20 92 (21) 100 (12) 100 (18) 99 (19) 109 (17)
60pterodactyl7722:47 80 (16) 106 (16) 102 (21) 99 (16) 108 (18)
61mcjwright10022:51 86 (23) 98 (23) 101 (20) 99 (22) 114 (22)
62Zabadak11222:52 86 (25) 99 (25) 96 (23) 107 (25) 110 (24)
63benedick6223:09 88 (14) 109 (19) 88 (14) 104 (15) 107 (10)
64LouWeed11723:37 87 (26) 102 (26) 92 (24) 106 (25) 111 (26)
65Kevin Gregg9323:39 88 (20) 108 (22) 95 (18) 96 (23) 109 (20)
66RobR5823:43 87 (16) 102 (16) 89 (10) 121 (12) 100 (14)
67Craven10623:43 83 (21) 96 (23) 99 (23) 108 (24) 108 (25)
68Looch7224:00 84 (18) 102 (19) 100 (15) 104 (12) 110 (18)
69poskir8424:01 96 (19) 95 (17) 107 (20) 103 (19) 96 (19)
70rjcassidy9024:13 88 (23) 111 (22) 95 (20) 97 (20) 111 (15)
71crosswordian7624:13 89 (18) 97 (18) 100 (19) 100 (14) 112 (17)
72Solver5211625:22 91 (25) 104 (26) 101 (23) 98 (26) 103 (26)
73struggler10826:10 91 (24) 103 (24) 98 (23) 102 (24) 102 (23)
74zythum5626:14 86 (15) 108 (14) 98 (11) 101 (14) 106 (12)
75diogenes8626:47 88 (22) 104 (18) 100 (19) 98 (20) 111 (17)
76Edprof7527:13 84 (17) 103 (17) 103 (20) 96 (17) 113 (14)
77colin23559527:29 96 (19) 95 (23) 84 (20) 116 (21) 105 (22)
78Mkgnao6627:48 83 (16) 91 (14) 94 (14) 105 (15) 121 (17)
79dont_panic8928:04 77 (22) 105 (22) 110 (18) 93 (19) 117 (18)
80phmfantom10728:05 87 (24) 97 (21) 94 (23) 110 (24) 108 (25)
81Chadwick5128:30 86 (10) 104 (11) 101 (14) 97 (12) 106 (14)
82Manveru5429:09 82 (14) 98 (10) 104 (15) 101 (13) 113 (12)
83dec5829:54 89 (16) 104 (15) 102 (13) 102 (15) 104 (9)
84iagmathewson8930:02 91 (22) 98 (22) 103 (19) 94 (17) 113 (19)
85William M6631:08 79 (13) 101 (17) 91 (15) 108 (13) 114 (18)
86branch6931:43 82 (18) 100 (15) 96 (14) 117 (15) 105 (17)
87nekabue9832:40 82 (24) 101 (24) 95 (18) 107 (20) 114 (22)
88fudgiebates5432:49 76 (13) 92 (14) 89 (9) 115 (12) 119 (16)
89koro11433:02 84 (26) 102 (24) 102 (24) 102 (25) 108 (25)
90NAPASAI7433:17 94 (17) 94 (16) 108 (18) 101 (16) 99 (17)
91FelicityTT6434:54 95 (12) 101 (16) 92 (14) 93 (13) 110 (19)
92cassandra11835:40 93 (26) 100 (26) 102 (24) 102 (26) 100 (26)
93Glyndwr8935:57 87 (23) 112 (19) 93 (20) 102 (21) 108 (16)
94rosselliot8236:29 81 (20) 107 (19) 106 (14) 107 (19) 100 (20)
95ulaca7536:50 90 (17) 110 (18) 89 (18) 96 (15) 113 (17)
96JohnDun9836:58 72 (23) 107 (23) 100 (20) 102 (21) 119 (21)
97Tudds11437:44 82 (26) 88 (26) 96 (21) 120 (25) 112 (26)
98Jeeves5337:53 81 (10) 100 (15) 100 (12) 106 (14) 104 (12)
99eniamretrauq7238:44 83 (15) 102 (16) 94 (17) 101 (15) 114 (19)
100Crippens19039:02 80 (23) 105 (23) 94 (17) 105 (17) 115 (20)
101123410239:30 83 (25) 107 (23) 99 (20) 98 (24) 114 (20)
102empty11740:25 91 (26) 104 (25) 97 (24) 101 (26) 104 (26)
103Big Nug10941:03 94 (24) 91 (24) 87 (23) 118 (25) 106 (23)
104Jefe5047:03 83 (13) 90 (14) 84 (11) 162 (8) 105 (14)
105JerryR10951:37 76 (24) 105 (24) 96 (24) 107 (23) 113 (24)
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