Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for October 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
1Magoo6906:08 82 (16) 88 (15) 98 (17) 114 (17) 117 (14)
2Eamon Ryan9606:52 83 (23) 89 (21) 106 (21) 106 (22) 117 (19)
3Jason11907:19 84 (26) 94 (26) 99 (26) 109 (26) 111 (25)
4verlaine11907:39 83 (26) 94 (26) 101 (25) 108 (26) 111 (26)
5mistigris9808:16 82 (18) 98 (23) 98 (23) 107 (23) 109 (21)
6aphis9911208:43 88 (25) 88 (24) 94 (24) 103 (25) 124 (24)
7Midas11609:33 89 (26) 90 (26) 101 (25) 106 (24) 112 (25)
8richard5109:35 88 (15) 98 (16) 105 (14) 109 (9) 109 (7)
9hilarym7609:40 82 (16) 95 (21) 107 (18) 109 (17) 105 (14)
10boulemiche4109:43 90 (14) 101 (14) 103 (10) 111 (7) 100 (6)
11robertL6509:47 91 (17) 103 (18) 106 (14) 97 (15) 101 (11)
12AlanS11509:58 91 (25) 96 (26) 101 (25) 103 (24) 106 (25)
13asaldanha10610:10 82 (22) 91 (25) 105 (25) 107 (23) 114 (21)
14chindit11610:29 85 (26) 88 (24) 105 (25) 105 (26) 114 (25)
15chriswords8711:26 87 (21) 91 (20) 105 (22) 111 (21) 104 (13)
16glheard7511:49 86 (18) 96 (19) 90 (14) 120 (20) 103 (14)
17lickert10612:17 87 (25) 82 (23) 108 (24) 111 (24) 111 (20)
18trux3612:22 77 (9) 94 (7) 97 (11) 115 (11) 112 (8)
19Tom Stubbs11112:27 83 (24) 91 (25) 110 (24) 106 (24) 107 (24)
20keriothe_11013:35 84 (24) 91 (25) 101 (23) 104 (22) 117 (26)
21p.wild11513:43 91 (25) 99 (25) 102 (25) 103 (25) 104 (25)
22noidea7613:43 90 (20) 100 (21) 103 (11) 104 (17) 104 (17)
23fshephe11713:53 96 (25) 95 (26) 94 (25) 104 (26) 109 (25)
24SimonAnthony8214:02 80 (19) 88 (21) 86 (19) 103 (16) 148 (17)
25Topical Tim10114:05 77 (23) 83 (22) 105 (22) 120 (22) 114 (22)
26neilr11814:06 90 (26) 84 (26) 101 (26) 110 (26) 113 (24)
27Silva11414:09 91 (26) 90 (26) 100 (25) 101 (24) 118 (23)
28Sheapey9514:20 88 (22) 84 (21) 99 (21) 112 (19) 117 (22)
29andy3614:24 71 (9) 83 (9) 124 (11) 100 (10) 117 (7)
30aphasic4614:32 87 (10) 101 (16) 88 (12) 123 (8) 107 (10)
31Groucho6814:35 89 (19) 99 (19) 94 (14) 113 (16) 107 (10)
32mikegrocott7714:40 88 (12) 94 (13) 95 (23) 104 (21) 111 (18)
33Stavros9114:48 87 (21) 92 (21) 95 (21) 106 (19) 120 (19)
34Tibthorpe9714:57 84 (25) 97 (24) 93 (20) 118 (20) 111 (18)
35xyster3615:03 75 (13) 75 (7) 124 (8) 123 (10) 108 (8)
36thebarnets5915:10 92 (15) 87 (14) 110 (18) 93 (9) 111 (13)
37HenryBW7815:37 91 (16) 84 (18) 102 (17) 103 (19) 115 (18)
38Malcj9615:39 81 (21) 93 (23) 107 (22) 101 (19) 117 (21)
39jonathanbaker1746615:40 93 (19) 96 (17) 106 (12) 95 (15) 114 (13)
40MikeOsborne10915:44 85 (24) 94 (24) 98 (25) 110 (23) 113 (23)
41cyrillic9615:53 84 (21) 84 (22) 107 (23) 116 (21) 107 (19)
42Sue Sweeper6816:15 82 (11) 85 (18) 107 (20) 112 (16) 107 (13)
43David Crooks9216:31 82 (22) 89 (23) 103 (19) 111 (18) 118 (20)
44Spanna4416:31 96 (17) 101 (15) 100 (10) 101 (6) 106 (6)
45phthisis4116:41 77 (12) 91 (10) 113 (10) 114 (10) 109 (9)
46Carol3817:36 92 (14) 94 (12) 94 (6) 104 (9) 126 (7)
47Golvellius3517:52 74 (8) 107 (10) 94 (13) 101 (8) 135 (6)
48sotira8817:54 83 (20) 92 (21) 105 (18) 112 (20) 107 (19)
49OliviaRhineb11018:18 80 (25) 92 (26) 107 (22) 113 (26) 108 (21)
50robinh10318:19 93 (22) 92 (24) 96 (22) 105 (23) 111 (22)
51rupe6618:47 82 (15) 84 (15) 106 (18) 119 (14) 107 (14)
52GMcD11818:53 84 (26) 90 (25) 100 (26) 117 (25) 107 (26)
53LouWeed11918:54 89 (26) 96 (26) 97 (26) 105 (26) 110 (25)
54LuckOfLucien4519:11 75 (11) 96 (12) 103 (11) 100 (14) 143 (7)
55Craven11019:19 93 (26) 96 (26) 100 (24) 107 (23) 104 (21)
56tapbarker10619:24 90 (23) 96 (23) 97 (22) 105 (23) 109 (25)
57Squallaby10219:27 87 (25) 83 (21) 83 (19) 117 (23) 122 (24)
58grape6320:04 95 (17) 85 (18) 97 (13) 150 (10) 94 (15)
59annelambirth8520:15 90 (22) 97 (22) 92 (18) 101 (17) 123 (16)
60kath5220:34 94 (19) 97 (18) 105 (9) 103 (8) 112 (8)
61Looch10420:39 89 (24) 88 (21) 101 (23) 110 (23) 110 (23)
62barracuda11621:16 81 (26) 92 (26) 100 (25) 107 (25) 120 (24)
63MichelinPoitiers4721:20 96 (12) 98 (11) 101 (11) 105 (10) 99 (13)
64andrewlake11621:28 76 (25) 93 (26) 106 (26) 89 (25) 136 (24)
65mcjwright11221:34 86 (26) 90 (24) 98 (25) 109 (25) 117 (22)
66Ed freshpot8421:35 91 (18) 91 (20) 97 (19) 101 (18) 118 (19)
67Zabadak10621:46 83 (25) 91 (21) 104 (23) 110 (23) 108 (24)
68pterodactyl7122:00 89 (16) 93 (21) 99 (17) 109 (14) 114 (13)
69sampson6422:07 96 (18) 100 (17) 99 (15) 100 (11) 104 (13)
70gbestanley8722:14 87 (24) 100 (22) 98 (20) 109 (16) 111 (15)
71Kevin Gregg9522:17 90 (25) 100 (23) 94 (19) 112 (18) 106 (20)
72benedick6422:18 87 (19) 96 (15) 112 (14) 99 (12) 109 (14)
73John Arnold6222:29 92 (21) 87 (12) 94 (13) 114 (15) 116 (11)
74Zander3222:32 66 (10) 92 (7) 111 (9) 98 (9) 146 (7)
75cath234222:36 90 (9) 94 (12) 106 (7) 106 (14) 101 (10)
76brian.mcnamara5923:06 88 (17) 101 (18) 88 (9) 113 (13) 107 (12)
77jaraab6423:24 83 (16) 96 (17) 101 (14) 114 (15) 107 (12)
78colin235510123:32 87 (24) 89 (23) 95 (24) 124 (17) 110 (23)
79hugh.schofield4924:02 87 (13) 90 (14) 111 (10) 102 (9) 112 (13)
80george.garlick8124:04 92 (22) 99 (18) 99 (19) 98 (14) 111 (18)
81tonym10025:36 89 (22) 91 (23) 102 (22) 107 (23) 110 (20)
82zythum3626:05 100 (9) 83 (9) 96 (11) 117 (8) 105 (9)
83rjcassidy8726:14 79 (18) 86 (19) 100 (16) 117 (23) 109 (21)
84goblin11926:27 86 (26) 94 (25) 97 (26) 111 (26) 108 (26)
85Chadwick6926:40 86 (15) 92 (16) 93 (17) 117 (16) 110 (15)
86dec5826:43 98 (15) 90 (12) 104 (15) 101 (14) 104 (12)
87timbo4026:48 84 (7) 99 (12) 102 (12) 99 (10) 108 (9)
88GeorgeTz5127:06 91 (16) 97 (8) 101 (12) 102 (11) 108 (14)
89fudgiebates6327:10 90 (18) 94 (11) 96 (17) 97 (14) 126 (13)
90diogenes10927:27 85 (26) 88 (25) 91 (23) 113 (25) 126 (20)
91phmfantom8127:53 90 (22) 98 (15) 95 (23) 113 (19) 106 (12)
92dont_panic6327:54 77 (14) 85 (14) 106 (15) 106 (14) 120 (16)
93Manveru6128:11 102 (19) 101 (16) 102 (13) 90 (11) 98 (12)
94endafk5028:29 95 (17) 79 (12) 123 (14) 105 (7) 96 (10)
95Peter Sykes8728:40 85 (20) 94 (22) 100 (18) 109 (16) 112 (21)
96NAPASAI5129:03 82 (11) 105 (16) 105 (12) 91 (9) 107 (13)
97jdavidliddell5329:03 85 (13) 96 (13) 86 (11) 116 (14) 112 (12)
98Jagsfan19714629:16 79 (11) 127 (13) 105 (9) 95 (14) 85 (9)
99alwsn810429:29 80 (23) 92 (23) 91 (23) 114 (22) 120 (23)
100James P7630:33 74 (20) 87 (16) 106 (15) 122 (18) 113 (17)
101Paul H. Dear5830:55 77 (12) 84 (14) 101 (12) 109 (14) 119 (16)
102bobbb4031:22 75 (9) 86 (10) 88 (7) 115 (11) 117 (13)
103nekabue10631:31 85 (24) 93 (25) 98 (22) 105 (21) 118 (24)
104rosselliot8632:37 84 (19) 94 (19) 101 (22) 106 (18) 113 (18)
105ulaca8132:40 77 (21) 98 (19) 98 (16) 113 (17) 116 (18)
106Semillon7032:42 97 (13) 76 (15) 96 (15) 106 (18) 116 (19)
107Big Nug10633:27 99 (23) 87 (23) 98 (25) 106 (23) 109 (22)
108Jeeves5533:44 71 (11) 81 (10) 109 (14) 111 (13) 111 (17)
109FelicityTT5933:47 90 (12) 93 (11) 89 (16) 108 (17) 115 (13)
110koro9933:55 91 (21) 90 (23) 104 (22) 104 (21) 108 (22)
111stainl6654833:55 89 (8) 84 (12) 91 (9) 114 (16) 106 (13)
112joss henry8233:57 81 (20) 104 (23) 102 (18) 107 (17) 105 (14)
113auntie noele4133:59 95 (15) 90 (15) 114 (8) 111 (6) 111 (7)
114Glyndwr7034:27 90 (21) 93 (20) 104 (17) 109 (14) 119 (8)
115Crippens18534:54 88 (21) 99 (23) 101 (18) 104 (15) 109 (18)
116JohnDun10635:27 78 (22) 91 (24) 108 (25) 111 (22) 108 (23)
117123410036:37 88 (23) 98 (23) 90 (22) 113 (22) 110 (20)
118MrGrumpy4336:51 94 (11) 87 (8) 108 (10) 96 (12) 109 (12)
119Tudds10837:21 77 (24) 88 (23) 97 (24) 121 (24) 115 (23)
120eniamretrauq8238:03 81 (20) 85 (13) 92 (21) 126 (20) 110 (18)
121SlumdogEngineer6739:40 79 (21) 98 (13) 106 (13) 102 (18) 129 (12)
122Gussie5840:45 84 (8) 79 (14) 99 (12) 112 (16) 110 (18)
123Nangle4540:46 94 (9) 89 (13) 95 (12) 95 (10) 125 (11)
124Paulypops5840:53 92 (17) 97 (16) 93 (12) 111 (12) 111 (11)
125Pleasuredome6841:06 86 (18) 97 (18) 98 (17) 106 (12) 120 (13)
126Archie4743:20 72 (9) 58 (9) 83 (10) 111 (12) 133 (17)
127Ronnie6244:20 92 (16) 99 (19) 102 (10) 109 (15) 98 (12)
128SK424744:33 85 (12) 82 (9) 104 (18) 113 (9) 115 (9)
129symbenall26648:46 86 (15) 91 (14) 93 (14) 110 (17) 113 (16)
130andrewmr7950:55 82 (21) 84 (17) 123 (17) 105 (20) 110 (14)
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