Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for December 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
1Magoo6106:22 78 (10) 110 (13) 101 (16) 95 (15) 106 (17)
2Eamon Ryan11806:57 87 (26) 98 (25) 98 (25) 106 (26) 108 (26)
3Jason11307:39 82 (25) 94 (24) 101 (24) 103 (24) 117 (26)
4verlaine8908:40 87 (23) 96 (23) 99 (19) 107 (21) 119 (13)
5mistigris9209:00 87 (22) 99 (22) 86 (17) 108 (20) 116 (21)
6aphis9911609:27 80 (24) 99 (25) 102 (26) 105 (26) 111 (25)
7Midas11809:41 89 (26) 103 (26) 100 (26) 102 (26) 104 (24)
8AlanS11210:40 94 (26) 99 (25) 88 (25) 96 (23) 123 (23)
9richard5410:53 84 (12) 101 (13) 90 (13) 116 (16) 99 (10)
10Ron's mum5710:54 117 (18) 127 (12) 96 (14) 62 (12) 85 (11)
11chindit9711:25 85 (22) 96 (23) 100 (19) 104 (22) 114 (21)
12lickert9411:35 90 (21) 106 (20) 87 (19) 97 (21) 115 (23)
13chriswords10511:58 96 (25) 105 (20) 91 (25) 96 (22) 111 (23)
14asaldanha10612:11 92 (25) 103 (24) 87 (19) 103 (24) 110 (24)
15trux4312:16 77 (12) 101 (13) 108 (12) 110 (8) 109 (8)
16glheard8812:23 86 (19) 101 (19) 102 (18) 101 (23) 107 (19)
17Spur587312:56 91 (18) 104 (16) 99 (18) 101 (18) 105 (13)
18Derek Harrison7412:57 86 (10) 98 (17) 97 (20) 100 (22) 112 (15)
19Topical Tim10713:25 83 (24) 107 (25) 95 (21) 110 (23) 102 (24)
20Tom Stubbs11213:33 86 (26) 96 (24) 102 (22) 102 (25) 112 (25)
21Silva10214:39 84 (25) 105 (26) 98 (18) 103 (22) 109 (21)
22neilr11214:42 85 (26) 98 (24) 95 (23) 101 (24) 119 (25)
23Stavros8214:45 83 (19) 97 (20) 88 (16) 113 (20) 116 (17)
24Ben Staveley4914:47 85 (9) 99 (14) 107 (13) 84 (13) 124 (10)
25noidea8214:58 90 (19) 105 (19) 101 (19) 98 (19) 105 (16)
26p.wild11815:00 91 (26) 99 (26) 94 (26) 107 (26) 108 (24)
27fshephe11715:09 94 (24) 97 (26) 102 (25) 99 (26) 105 (26)
28mikegrocott6415:11 93 (16) 97 (11) 98 (17) 103 (13) 106 (17)
29keriothe_9115:21 77 (19) 101 (21) 100 (20) 103 (20) 115 (21)
30jimpen9115:22 86 (22) 104 (21) 99 (21) 99 (20) 114 (17)
31SimonAnthony8215:22 84 (21) 104 (20) 100 (18) 104 (17) 110 (16)
32PGooden9415:29 83 (23) 100 (23) 104 (18) 93 (22) 123 (18)
33Jon8811815:47 85 (25) 100 (26) 101 (26) 100 (26) 112 (25)
34xyster4316:03 79 (12) 97 (13) 98 (9) 114 (10) 118 (9)
35Sheapey10216:14 78 (21) 90 (23) 106 (22) 101 (24) 123 (22)
36cyrillic7816:21 89 (17) 94 (18) 95 (20) 108 (17) 114 (16)
37Tibthorpe11316:21 76 (26) 99 (24) 102 (26) 112 (26) 111 (21)
38Groucho8916:28 90 (26) 109 (19) 99 (21) 102 (17) 102 (16)
39Malcj10916:37 85 (24) 104 (25) 97 (24) 95 (23) 117 (23)
40Spanna4616:49 97 (16) 106 (9) 101 (13) 96 (12) 101 (6)
41Sue Sweeper7017:49 78 (15) 102 (15) 97 (14) 101 (18) 115 (18)
42sotira9318:02 86 (22) 100 (20) 102 (19) 101 (20) 109 (22)
43phthisis5718:07 86 (15) 102 (13) 100 (13) 100 (13) 112 (13)
44robinh11318:13 87 (25) 95 (25) 104 (24) 100 (24) 113 (25)
45David Crooks9218:27 83 (23) 110 (21) 98 (22) 104 (19) 107 (17)
46MikeOsborne9618:48 83 (23) 102 (22) 103 (18) 103 (22) 108 (21)
47OliviaRhineb11519:08 81 (26) 98 (25) 100 (26) 107 (26) 114 (22)
48JezWoolfrey7819:28 80 (15) 85 (15) 108 (19) 97 (17) 116 (22)
49GMcD11919:56 86 (26) 93 (26) 92 (25) 111 (26) 116 (26)
50David P3620:20 96 (8) 93 (9) 105 (9) 92 (9) 109 (11)
51Squallaby9220:50 80 (24) 96 (23) 105 (19) 111 (21) 114 (15)
52annelambirth7520:52 92 (20) 106 (16) 96 (18) 89 (18) 123 (13)
53sampson7121:10 94 (20) 103 (22) 103 (14) 94 (17) 112 (8)
54John Arnold6721:36 94 (20) 100 (13) 104 (13) 84 (16) 121 (15)
55barracuda11721:38 88 (26) 101 (26) 100 (26) 101 (23) 107 (26)
56mcjwright10122:16 83 (22) 103 (23) 94 (21) 96 (22) 121 (23)
57Kevin Gregg9222:24 91 (20) 110 (22) 100 (20) 89 (22) 109 (18)
58Ed freshpot8222:24 90 (21) 91 (18) 108 (20) 97 (14) 112 (19)
59RobR6622:35 88 (18) 99 (16) 95 (13) 114 (16) 104 (13)
60Zabadak11722:36 86 (26) 100 (26) 96 (25) 102 (25) 114 (25)
61LouWeed11922:38 90 (26) 99 (26) 95 (26) 105 (25) 109 (26)
62benedick6722:47 82 (16) 114 (18) 98 (17) 96 (14) 107 (12)
63gbestanley7922:53 88 (20) 104 (11) 100 (22) 94 (19) 116 (17)
64Craven11322:56 86 (24) 100 (25) 97 (25) 104 (24) 111 (25)
65pterodactyl7922:59 84 (19) 106 (17) 102 (20) 95 (16) 111 (17)
66diogenes6223:21 86 (18) 109 (15) 106 (15) 97 (15) 106 (9)
67Looch7223:33 78 (16) 103 (18) 107 (17) 96 (13) 110 (18)
68poskir8923:46 97 (20) 93 (18) 106 (23) 96 (20) 103 (18)
69colin23559725:00 88 (19) 101 (25) 89 (23) 108 (21) 112 (19)
70Edprof7425:01 83 (17) 100 (17) 105 (21) 100 (19) 118 (10)
71Solver5211725:03 92 (25) 104 (26) 102 (25) 94 (25) 105 (26)
72rjcassidy9225:10 82 (22) 108 (24) 96 (22) 96 (18) 119 (16)
73crosswordian4925:21 80 (11) 92 (11) 103 (17) 105 (9) 117 (11)
74zythum7425:56 87 (18) 107 (18) 97 (15) 100 (17) 107 (16)
75phmfantom10227:29 89 (24) 106 (20) 94 (23) 102 (21) 108 (24)
76Chadwick8127:32 84 (16) 102 (17) 105 (19) 96 (20) 108 (19)
77Mkgnao6427:37 91 (16) 97 (16) 95 (13) 98 (16) 120 (13)
78struggler11128:00 92 (24) 103 (24) 101 (24) 101 (25) 101 (24)
79dont_panic8928:22 86 (20) 101 (23) 101 (21) 98 (17) 112 (18)
80dec6529:21 84 (18) 103 (17) 105 (16) 105 (15) 106 (9)
81Manveru5829:45 81 (16) 98 (12) 105 (16) 106 (12) 113 (12)
82iagmathewson7929:56 86 (18) 95 (20) 105 (18) 96 (15) 116 (18)
83William M7730:38 79 (16) 99 (19) 100 (17) 110 (15) 107 (20)
84fudgiebates4932:51 74 (13) 95 (11) 90 (8) 96 (12) 131 (15)
85koro11533:16 84 (25) 101 (25) 98 (25) 102 (25) 112 (25)
86branch8733:25 73 (18) 107 (20) 94 (18) 112 (21) 107 (20)
87NAPASAI6633:35 92 (16) 108 (11) 90 (20) 102 (14) 114 (15)
88nekabue10033:43 86 (23) 94 (24) 101 (21) 103 (19) 114 (23)
89cassandra12033:55 94 (26) 98 (26) 103 (26) 103 (26) 99 (26)
90FelicityTT6435:13 89 (13) 98 (15) 99 (17) 92 (9) 110 (20)
91ulaca6835:25 84 (16) 115 (17) 89 (17) 87 (15) 127 (13)
92rosselliot8635:49 83 (21) 110 (19) 108 (18) 95 (19) 105 (19)
93Glyndwr9236:53 92 (24) 107 (19) 98 (23) 97 (20) 109 (16)
94JohnDun10537:17 71 (24) 109 (23) 98 (25) 103 (20) 120 (23)
95Big Nug11338:35 87 (25) 99 (25) 88 (26) 114 (24) 111 (23)
96Crippens19638:57 79 (25) 105 (24) 108 (19) 87 (18) 124 (20)
97Tudds11139:15 90 (25) 92 (25) 87 (22) 118 (24) 109 (25)
98123410539:37 84 (24) 107 (24) 99 (22) 96 (24) 115 (21)
99Jeeves5039:40 82 (12) 111 (12) 85 (12) 106 (11) 113 (13)
100eniamretrauq7640:10 86 (15) 106 (15) 88 (17) 98 (18) 115 (21)
101empty11940:44 90 (26) 107 (25) 100 (26) 98 (26) 102 (26)
102Jefe4346:30 76 (11) 107 (13) 93 (11) 119 (6) 111 (12)
103JerryR9553:25 73 (21) 105 (21) 93 (22) 115 (22) 113 (19)
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