Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for December 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
1Magoo9506:05 81 (21) 91 (19) 98 (23) 110 (21) 117 (21)
2Eamon Ryan7906:32 90 (20) 93 (18) 96 (17) 107 (19) 116 (15)
3Jason11707:07 85 (26) 96 (26) 104 (25) 105 (25) 108 (25)
4verlaine11907:35 85 (26) 97 (26) 98 (25) 106 (26) 112 (26)
5mistigris10508:00 83 (22) 96 (25) 98 (23) 111 (23) 110 (22)
6aphis9911208:47 87 (26) 93 (24) 95 (24) 102 (25) 123 (23)
7Midas11409:33 91 (26) 93 (26) 97 (25) 108 (23) 111 (24)
8hilarym7909:36 82 (17) 92 (19) 102 (17) 114 (18) 108 (18)
9richard5809:37 95 (16) 92 (17) 103 (13) 104 (13) 112 (9)
10asaldanha10409:53 81 (22) 100 (24) 102 (25) 99 (21) 116 (22)
11boulemiche4310:12 94 (14) 94 (12) 97 (12) 120 (7) 106 (8)
12chindit11810:35 91 (25) 88 (26) 99 (25) 106 (26) 113 (26)
13robertL8110:35 94 (18) 100 (20) 94 (18) 105 (19) 104 (16)
14AlanS11511:02 87 (25) 98 (26) 102 (25) 104 (24) 107 (25)
15chriswords8911:37 87 (20) 98 (20) 100 (22) 108 (20) 106 (17)
16tiggis4011:40 82 (11) 101 (10) 100 (8) 107 (10) 110 (11)
17thebarnets6711:55 86 (17) 93 (17) 118 (16) 111 (13) 94 (14)
18glheard8412:01 85 (21) 98 (20) 96 (15) 114 (22) 104 (16)
19trux2812:12 79 (8) 109 (6) 103 (7) 104 (11) 108 (6)
20lickert10512:14 90 (24) 87 (23) 100 (25) 114 (24) 106 (19)
21Tom Stubbs11412:45 85 (25) 95 (25) 104 (25) 108 (25) 106 (24)
22andy3313:18 81 (8) 78 (8) 110 (12) 108 (9) 117 (6)
23noidea6813:18 92 (17) 101 (18) 103 (15) 99 (14) 103 (14)
24keriothe_11113:19 86 (24) 88 (24) 105 (24) 108 (23) 110 (26)
25SimonAnthony8513:20 86 (22) 99 (20) 82 (18) 104 (17) 131 (18)
26p.wild11513:28 90 (25) 100 (25) 101 (25) 104 (25) 103 (25)
27Topical Tim10613:42 84 (23) 85 (24) 96 (24) 116 (23) 118 (22)
28Silva11613:44 96 (26) 98 (26) 98 (25) 99 (26) 108 (23)
29fshephe11713:47 95 (25) 96 (26) 95 (25) 103 (26) 108 (25)
30neilr11713:57 93 (26) 88 (25) 96 (26) 109 (26) 111 (24)
31Sheapey9214:01 88 (22) 90 (19) 93 (20) 111 (19) 114 (22)
32aphasic6314:13 85 (18) 103 (17) 96 (13) 106 (11) 113 (14)
33Groucho5914:22 92 (17) 96 (16) 94 (13) 114 (14) 107 (9)
34Stavros9414:55 87 (23) 101 (22) 91 (22) 102 (19) 122 (18)
35mikegrocott7615:07 85 (12) 98 (15) 95 (22) 106 (19) 109 (18)
36Big Mick3015:11 89 (9) 99 (8) 104 (10) 107 (7) 100 (6)
37Tibthorpe10015:17 84 (24) 94 (22) 93 (21) 111 (21) 117 (22)
38HenryBW7915:39 88 (18) 84 (16) 95 (17) 106 (20) 121 (18)
39Sue Sweeper7015:42 81 (12) 97 (17) 96 (19) 102 (20) 122 (12)
40jonathanbaker1743315:44 94 (11) 101 (9) 117 (7) 87 (9) 108 (7)
41Malcj9515:45 86 (21) 93 (24) 103 (21) 102 (20) 115 (19)
42MikeOsborne10915:48 88 (24) 96 (24) 91 (24) 111 (23) 112 (24)
43cyrillic10116:19 84 (21) 85 (22) 105 (24) 113 (23) 109 (21)
44phthisis3816:31 82 (12) 108 (9) 112 (11) 101 (8) 100 (8)
45KenG5916:40 84 (13) 88 (14) 106 (12) 102 (15) 117 (15)
46David Crooks9317:11 82 (20) 92 (22) 97 (20) 107 (20) 118 (21)
47sotira8517:15 82 (21) 93 (20) 105 (17) 115 (20) 106 (17)
48OliviaRhineb10918:07 87 (25) 92 (25) 105 (22) 109 (26) 106 (21)
49robinh10418:22 90 (23) 99 (24) 95 (22) 103 (23) 111 (22)
50LouWeed11918:24 91 (26) 98 (26) 98 (26) 103 (26) 107 (25)
51Golvellius3718:24 80 (9) 116 (8) 93 (12) 92 (9) 122 (9)
52Squallaby10118:38 90 (24) 88 (21) 93 (22) 105 (22) 122 (22)
53RobR7018:50 96 (18) 95 (17) 90 (21) 115 (15) 114 (9)
54rupe6218:53 86 (17) 89 (12) 105 (15) 115 (15) 103 (13)
55tapbarker10919:05 91 (25) 99 (24) 94 (24) 105 (22) 108 (24)
56Craven11219:06 94 (26) 100 (26) 99 (26) 105 (23) 101 (21)
57GMcD11819:27 84 (26) 94 (25) 97 (26) 117 (25) 107 (26)
58grape5719:54 95 (16) 84 (17) 98 (14) 153 (9) 92 (11)
59annelambirth7719:58 89 (21) 103 (22) 89 (16) 111 (15) 110 (13)
60Looch10320:07 91 (25) 94 (19) 97 (23) 108 (24) 108 (22)
61LuckOfLucien4720:08 79 (13) 97 (13) 109 (10) 100 (13) 129 (8)
62Ed freshpot9020:23 88 (20) 98 (20) 97 (19) 104 (20) 109 (21)
63MichelinPoitiers5320:57 98 (13) 97 (14) 101 (11) 100 (11) 101 (14)
64gbestanley9621:08 89 (24) 98 (23) 100 (22) 107 (19) 108 (18)
65pterodactyl6121:24 93 (13) 99 (18) 98 (16) 98 (13) 112 (11)
66andrewlake11621:39 78 (25) 98 (26) 100 (26) 95 (25) 128 (24)
67barracuda11621:42 85 (26) 90 (26) 104 (25) 101 (25) 120 (24)
68benedick7322:00 87 (20) 96 (16) 111 (17) 93 (17) 117 (13)
69colin235510122:27 93 (22) 92 (24) 88 (23) 110 (18) 116 (24)
70Zabadak9222:28 84 (21) 92 (19) 110 (18) 107 (22) 105 (22)
71mcjwright11422:43 85 (26) 92 (24) 99 (25) 112 (26) 111 (23)
72Kevin Gregg9022:46 90 (24) 96 (22) 96 (20) 116 (19) 104 (15)
73KET3922:48 91 (11) 97 (12) 79 (8) 116 (9) 116 (9)
74sampson7022:49 95 (22) 96 (16) 98 (16) 101 (10) 112 (16)
75John Arnold6222:50 97 (21) 90 (11) 92 (14) 112 (14) 108 (12)
76Pootle6422:58 91 (15) 99 (15) 97 (14) 96 (15) 114 (15)
77cath232823:06 81 (7) 93 (8) 94 (7) 116 (9) 108 (7)
78george.garlick8323:36 93 (21) 98 (19) 100 (18) 98 (17) 110 (18)
79jaraab7024:02 84 (19) 106 (15) 99 (14) 98 (16) 114 (16)
80brian.mcnamara5924:04 84 (12) 100 (17) 83 (11) 113 (14) 111 (15)
81puzzled13424:35 91 (9) 107 (9) 107 (10) 119 (9) 61 (7)
82hugh.schofield4925:27 107 (11) 98 (16) 90 (11) 92 (11) 112 (10)
83goblin11925:35 88 (26) 100 (25) 94 (26) 110 (26) 106 (26)
84rjcassidy8525:49 87 (17) 91 (17) 106 (16) 108 (24) 101 (21)
85dec5726:06 93 (17) 102 (10) 100 (15) 101 (11) 104 (14)
86timbo3826:12 83 (10) 100 (11) 92 (11) 109 (8) 122 (8)
87Chadwick8826:29 83 (19) 93 (20) 99 (21) 110 (21) 113 (17)
88tonym10226:30 90 (21) 95 (23) 97 (22) 105 (24) 110 (22)
89fudgiebates5726:41 86 (16) 89 (9) 94 (15) 111 (14) 116 (13)
90GeorgeTz4826:43 87 (15) 97 (9) 114 (13) 96 (10) 104 (11)
91zythum5627:06 100 (13) 87 (14) 95 (13) 106 (12) 111 (14)
92diogenes10927:54 85 (25) 93 (26) 95 (24) 105 (23) 123 (21)
93NAPASAI4328:05 65 (7) 108 (13) 106 (13) 87 (9) 110 (11)
94endafk4528:14 95 (15) 91 (12) 110 (12) 94 (7) 109 (9)
95jdavidliddell6328:20 92 (15) 96 (16) 88 (12) 106 (18) 116 (12)
96Manveru5928:38 91 (18) 108 (17) 96 (16) 101 (8) 106 (10)
97Peter Sykes8128:42 86 (18) 95 (19) 99 (18) 104 (18) 113 (18)
98phmfantom8129:07 89 (20) 99 (15) 95 (22) 112 (21) 105 (13)
99dont_panic2929:57 75 (8) 80 (7) 107 (7) 104 (9) 129 (8)
100James P8530:12 73 (22) 97 (17) 93 (15) 115 (22) 119 (19)
101nekabue10530:47 82 (24) 105 (25) 96 (23) 102 (20) 114 (23)
102alwsn810530:48 85 (23) 91 (24) 97 (23) 109 (23) 116 (22)
103rosselliot7630:50 89 (16) 94 (18) 100 (18) 104 (17) 111 (17)
104stainl6654431:44 90 (7) 94 (11) 95 (10) 105 (14) 106 (12)
105bobbb3731:55 81 (7) 93 (9) 87 (6) 110 (12) 106 (13)
106Paul H. Dear5332:16 76 (10) 84 (13) 99 (12) 108 (15) 123 (13)
107ulaca8632:36 78 (21) 93 (20) 102 (19) 116 (18) 112 (18)
108Semillon7732:57 92 (17) 87 (18) 94 (16) 97 (17) 124 (19)
109koro10033:20 95 (21) 97 (24) 96 (22) 102 (21) 106 (22)
110Big Nug10833:52 100 (23) 96 (23) 95 (26) 102 (23) 105 (23)
111FelicityTT5434:23 88 (16) 99 (10) 91 (14) 112 (14) 114 (10)
112Jeeves5635:09 77 (9) 90 (11) 109 (13) 101 (15) 107 (18)
113joss henry7735:32 78 (21) 102 (21) 111 (17) 102 (15) 113 (13)
114Tudds10835:36 80 (24) 87 (23) 103 (24) 124 (24) 103 (23)
11512349835:58 90 (22) 97 (22) 94 (22) 108 (22) 109 (20)
116Glyndwr6636:11 86 (20) 99 (18) 103 (17) 108 (13) 116 (8)
117JohnDun10936:15 79 (24) 101 (24) 96 (25) 110 (22) 114 (24)
118eniamretrauq8036:26 84 (19) 91 (13) 97 (19) 110 (20) 111 (19)
119Crippens18436:35 85 (19) 96 (23) 100 (17) 98 (16) 119 (19)
120MrGrumpy3937:17 90 (11) 103 (8) 107 (11) 91 (10) 110 (9)
121SlumdogEngineer7737:42 90 (22) 91 (15) 98 (16) 107 (20) 115 (14)
122SK425241:15 83 (15) 99 (12) 102 (13) 105 (10) 114 (12)
123Paulypops5941:19 95 (17) 100 (16) 88 (14) 111 (11) 110 (11)
124Nangle5041:19 80 (10) 101 (12) 94 (13) 92 (12) 124 (13)
125Gussie5341:19 90 (7) 86 (13) 93 (12) 115 (14) 104 (17)
126Pleasuredome7241:26 86 (20) 97 (19) 103 (17) 100 (13) 119 (13)
127Archie4942:28 85 (7) 72 (11) 87 (14) 97 (14) 146 (13)
128Ronnie5944:34 91 (16) 102 (19) 92 (9) 109 (15) 101 (10)
129symbenall27047:45 90 (17) 95 (17) 94 (14) 106 (15) 113 (17)
130andrewmr6853:54 83 (17) 81 (18) 124 (14) 108 (16) 111 (13)
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