Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for September 2019

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
1Magoo5306:09 81 (12) 88 (12) 100 (13) 114 (14) 113 (12)
2Eamon Ryan10906:57 84 (25) 92 (22) 102 (25) 104 (25) 117 (22)
3Jason11507:23 80 (26) 98 (25) 99 (25) 108 (25) 114 (24)
4verlaine11907:40 77 (26) 95 (26) 102 (25) 108 (26) 116 (26)
5mistigris9608:30 82 (18) 99 (22) 98 (23) 107 (22) 110 (21)
6aphis9911108:36 83 (24) 88 (24) 95 (24) 105 (25) 126 (24)
7Midas11409:26 87 (26) 91 (26) 104 (25) 105 (23) 114 (24)
8AlanS11609:44 84 (25) 96 (26) 104 (25) 108 (24) 107 (26)
9richard4709:44 83 (13) 99 (14) 106 (15) 105 (9) 115 (6)
10chindit11610:22 86 (26) 86 (24) 111 (25) 106 (26) 109 (25)
11asaldanha10510:29 73 (21) 90 (25) 106 (25) 105 (23) 124 (21)
12chriswords9111:20 91 (23) 90 (21) 106 (21) 109 (22) 104 (14)
13glheard8211:54 83 (20) 95 (20) 90 (15) 122 (21) 104 (16)
14lickert10812:06 83 (24) 83 (24) 109 (24) 112 (25) 111 (21)
15Tom Stubbs11012:20 80 (24) 99 (25) 110 (24) 103 (24) 106 (23)
16trux4212:23 78 (11) 94 (7) 100 (14) 114 (11) 113 (9)
17Topical Tim10213:06 72 (23) 87 (22) 106 (22) 117 (22) 116 (23)
18Spur585713:12 97 (12) 99 (18) 99 (16) 96 (11) 110 (10)
19jimpen10613:26 85 (24) 94 (25) 108 (25) 102 (19) 110 (23)
20noidea7713:29 88 (21) 101 (19) 107 (12) 102 (18) 104 (17)
21keriothe_11013:30 77 (24) 97 (25) 100 (23) 104 (22) 118 (26)
22fshephe11713:38 92 (25) 95 (26) 97 (25) 105 (26) 109 (25)
23neilr11113:43 88 (24) 88 (24) 103 (25) 107 (25) 112 (23)
24SimonAnthony8113:49 67 (19) 92 (18) 87 (19) 106 (16) 147 (19)
25p.wild12013:49 90 (26) 99 (26) 102 (26) 101 (26) 106 (26)
26Silva11513:52 86 (26) 94 (26) 100 (25) 102 (24) 119 (24)
27Stavros9014:18 82 (20) 91 (21) 98 (20) 108 (19) 119 (20)
28Groucho7214:24 85 (21) 107 (19) 94 (15) 110 (17) 108 (10)
29mikegrocott7014:25 89 (10) 91 (12) 99 (21) 101 (20) 110 (17)
30Sheapey10114:27 78 (23) 87 (22) 100 (23) 118 (20) 117 (23)
31xyster3814:46 73 (12) 82 (8) 121 (9) 113 (10) 116 (9)
32Tibthorpe9814:55 82 (25) 97 (23) 94 (21) 113 (21) 118 (18)
33Malcj9515:14 79 (22) 96 (22) 108 (22) 100 (17) 114 (22)
34cyrillic9915:28 81 (21) 86 (23) 108 (24) 115 (22) 107 (19)
35MikeOsborne10216:03 79 (23) 100 (23) 99 (24) 108 (21) 114 (21)
36Sue Sweeper6816:06 76 (11) 86 (17) 112 (21) 107 (16) 106 (13)
37David Crooks9316:22 79 (23) 93 (23) 106 (19) 106 (18) 120 (20)
38Spanna4516:36 95 (18) 102 (14) 100 (10) 100 (6) 103 (7)
39phthisis4817:02 73 (14) 97 (12) 117 (11) 109 (11) 113 (10)
40JezWoolfrey3617:57 76 (10) 97 (12) 102 (9) 98 (6) 128 (9)
41sotira9117:58 81 (22) 94 (20) 104 (19) 111 (20) 109 (20)
42robinh10418:13 90 (22) 93 (24) 99 (22) 106 (23) 109 (23)
43OliviaRhineb11218:19 76 (25) 95 (26) 106 (22) 111 (26) 111 (23)
44LouWeed11918:51 82 (26) 97 (26) 99 (26) 109 (26) 111 (25)
45Squallaby9918:51 84 (25) 89 (21) 88 (18) 117 (23) 118 (22)
46GMcD11818:56 81 (26) 92 (25) 103 (26) 113 (25) 108 (26)
47Craven11019:07 89 (26) 98 (26) 101 (24) 107 (23) 105 (21)
48annelambirth8519:56 92 (23) 98 (22) 97 (18) 98 (17) 118 (15)
49Looch10320:34 84 (23) 91 (21) 105 (24) 110 (22) 107 (23)
50Ed freshpot8720:52 87 (20) 92 (19) 99 (20) 100 (19) 121 (19)
51barracuda11620:58 79 (26) 98 (26) 101 (25) 106 (25) 114 (24)
52poskir8220:59 95 (19) 101 (17) 102 (18) 99 (19) 101 (19)
53sampson6221:20 94 (18) 100 (17) 99 (12) 102 (13) 107 (12)
54pterodactyl7721:20 87 (19) 97 (22) 99 (18) 111 (15) 112 (13)
55Zabadak10421:23 80 (25) 90 (20) 105 (22) 112 (23) 111 (24)
56benedick6621:38 86 (20) 94 (16) 113 (14) 102 (13) 110 (13)
57Kevin Gregg9421:41 85 (25) 105 (22) 97 (19) 106 (18) 110 (20)
58mcjwright11021:42 81 (25) 94 (23) 102 (25) 108 (25) 114 (22)
59John Arnold6121:53 89 (21) 91 (12) 95 (12) 108 (15) 124 (11)
60gbestanley8622:57 85 (25) 100 (20) 100 (19) 107 (16) 114 (16)
61Solver5211923:06 91 (26) 96 (26) 101 (26) 103 (25) 106 (26)
62colin235510023:26 80 (22) 95 (23) 98 (23) 118 (19) 109 (23)
63zythum3724:09 85 (10) 92 (9) 101 (12) 122 (7) 106 (9)
64fudgiebates5825:43 88 (17) 95 (13) 104 (15) 95 (12) 123 (11)
65dec5026:10 91 (13) 88 (9) 109 (12) 101 (13) 106 (13)
66Chadwick6026:16 84 (14) 91 (14) 103 (15) 115 (14) 104 (13)
67rjcassidy8526:22 76 (19) 92 (19) 101 (15) 115 (23) 111 (19)
68Edprof3827:21 78 (12) 104 (10) 104 (10) 109 (10) 117 (6)
69diogenes10327:25 82 (25) 97 (24) 96 (22) 109 (22) 119 (20)
70NAPASAI5527:30 89 (14) 103 (16) 102 (13) 99 (7) 103 (15)
71dont_panic7927:45 78 (17) 83 (16) 103 (18) 106 (18) 121 (20)
72William M6827:48 79 (18) 89 (14) 103 (13) 116 (18) 111 (15)
73phmfantom8128:13 80 (21) 106 (15) 97 (22) 110 (19) 113 (14)
74Manveru6228:17 96 (19) 99 (15) 105 (13) 92 (14) 110 (11)
75cassandra5928:33 89 (14) 98 (14) 101 (14) 106 (14) 104 (13)
76nekabue10631:20 80 (25) 93 (25) 100 (21) 107 (22) 120 (23)
77ulaca8531:35 70 (22) 104 (21) 105 (17) 110 (18) 116 (17)
78rosselliot8632:53 78 (18) 97 (20) 108 (22) 104 (18) 109 (18)
79Big Nug10533:28 90 (23) 96 (23) 97 (25) 105 (23) 111 (21)
80Jeeves5133:40 58 (10) 86 (10) 118 (13) 105 (14) 114 (14)
81FelicityTT5433:42 80 (11) 94 (13) 92 (13) 104 (14) 124 (13)
82Glyndwr7733:56 87 (23) 96 (21) 105 (18) 106 (15) 119 (10)
83koro9934:02 84 (21) 94 (23) 105 (22) 106 (21) 109 (22)
84Crippens18634:22 85 (22) 101 (23) 102 (19) 105 (16) 108 (16)
85JohnDun10435:15 70 (21) 90 (24) 111 (24) 114 (22) 111 (23)
86123410035:54 88 (23) 99 (23) 93 (22) 110 (22) 110 (20)
87Tudds10636:10 69 (23) 89 (23) 99 (24) 124 (24) 117 (22)
88eniamretrauq8238:22 75 (19) 88 (14) 91 (22) 126 (20) 115 (17)
89empty11140:32 89 (24) 99 (24) 100 (24) 105 (25) 104 (24)
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