Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for September 2016

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
1Magoo10705:50 85 (24) 104 (24) 100 (23) 100 (25) 110 (21)
2mohn6606:39 74 (14) 103 (17) 108 (14) 97 (15) 112 (16)
3shanson2907:03 88 (9) 104 (8) 98 (7) 99 (9) 115 (6)
4Jason10407:04 81 (22) 108 (24) 101 (21) 96 (23) 109 (24)
5Eamon Ryan11107:23 96 (27) 98 (23) 100 (23) 102 (25) 102 (23)
6mistigris4008:10 77 (7) 91 (11) 115 (8) 106 (15) 102 (9)
7Bogota Eagle6008:17 87 (14) 104 (15) 100 (15) 103 (13) 104 (13)
8auchiedollie10408:58 89 (23) 102 (26) 100 (23) 103 (20) 104 (22)
9Eylesie8209:00 83 (19) 112 (19) 127 (16) 103 (19) 78 (19)
10aphis999909:15 82 (21) 107 (22) 105 (21) 99 (25) 104 (20)
11verlaine9709:38 73 (21) 97 (21) 101 (21) 108 (20) 117 (24)
12Ludo2809:42 93 (7) 82 (7) 121 (9) 92 (8) 101 (7)
13richard9110:23 79 (18) 105 (21) 96 (20) 90 (20) 122 (22)
14alanconnor4310:57 81 (12) 100 (14) 103 (7) 117 (8) 105 (12)
15Tom Stubbs11111:24 87 (25) 95 (24) 104 (23) 88 (25) 126 (24)
16lickert10711:24 84 (25) 102 (22) 105 (23) 99 (24) 109 (23)
17tonysever10911:32 85 (24) 103 (24) 100 (22) 94 (25) 117 (24)
18trux3511:49 88 (8) 93 (11) 110 (11) 93 (8) 116 (7)
19Peter Fowler10112:04 95 (23) 101 (19) 99 (22) 99 (24) 104 (23)
20Heyesey7312:34 80 (18) 99 (19) 98 (17) 113 (16) 114 (13)
21KenTurner10312:35 95 (22) 99 (25) 100 (20) 104 (22) 100 (24)
22Quizimodo10612:43 82 (22) 108 (25) 97 (25) 98 (21) 111 (23)
23chindit10712:43 84 (24) 108 (22) 96 (21) 99 (25) 110 (25)
24Silva10312:51 84 (24) 111 (21) 100 (20) 99 (25) 106 (23)
25AlanS9413:25 79 (22) 101 (21) 101 (20) 98 (21) 120 (20)
26Topical Tim8313:29 77 (21) 98 (18) 104 (15) 109 (20) 112 (19)
27neilr9413:33 81 (24) 108 (23) 101 (21) 103 (18) 107 (18)
28Toffer7213:42 84 (18) 95 (14) 107 (15) 95 (19) 119 (16)
29Denis9813:56 89 (22) 98 (22) 98 (21) 103 (23) 110 (20)
30mikegrocott8014:01 79 (22) 110 (19) 104 (14) 98 (19) 115 (16)
31Stavros8614:17 82 (19) 104 (19) 100 (20) 100 (19) 112 (19)
32Tibthorpe9214:23 82 (19) 106 (21) 100 (19) 95 (21) 112 (22)
33mchalen11214:27 81 (25) 104 (26) 98 (25) 97 (22) 119 (24)
34jjp6714:34 85 (21) 113 (16) 95 (13) 102 (15) 109 (12)
35aphasic4814:40 80 (12) 103 (14) 101 (9) 100 (13) 116 (10)
36earlylight9314:45 91 (20) 100 (20) 103 (20) 105 (20) 99 (23)
37Sue Sweeper7015:16 78 (15) 104 (21) 112 (17) 83 (13) 116 (14)
38AndyOwl9815:39 79 (22) 97 (21) 99 (20) 108 (22) 114 (23)
39Werm6516:03 76 (17) 104 (13) 87 (15) 117 (18) 118 (12)
40Margaretlarb5416:12 87 (13) 102 (13) 113 (12) 107 (11) 93 (15)
41nesbitt4716:19 86 (16) 106 (14) 109 (9) 102 (10) 104 (8)
42robinh9516:24 87 (23) 101 (22) 97 (18) 102 (19) 111 (23)
43OliviaRhineb10016:26 78 (24) 105 (22) 105 (23) 97 (22) 116 (19)
44phthisis10516:31 89 (23) 102 (24) 98 (22) 104 (24) 104 (22)
45rpb7916:36 85 (20) 109 (19) 106 (15) 91 (17) 109 (18)
46sotira7316:36 79 (19) 111 (20) 91 (11) 92 (15) 119 (18)
47fshephe9816:45 78 (19) 97 (24) 99 (20) 102 (21) 117 (24)
48RHB5817:00 79 (14) 106 (14) 95 (15) 104 (13) 118 (12)
49Bernard S5417:25 84 (10) 109 (15) 97 (10) 102 (15) 98 (14)
50subbswamysg4317:25 88 (12) 89 (11) 111 (10) 110 (11) 102 (9)
51andyt7118:18 89 (17) 106 (14) 101 (16) 97 (16) 105 (18)
52pterodactyl5418:21 92 (15) 96 (16) 112 (10) 105 (9) 100 (14)
53GMcD9919:09 81 (22) 102 (22) 101 (22) 98 (20) 115 (23)
54Kevin Gregg4319:10 80 (9) 90 (8) 101 (12) 102 (13) 115 (11)
55sampson7319:22 89 (20) 99 (16) 104 (17) 101 (19) 111 (11)
56David Crooks10119:39 88 (23) 101 (21) 101 (24) 99 (22) 111 (21)
57reindeer8319:45 89 (18) 99 (16) 94 (18) 109 (20) 105 (21)
58peter wild10219:49 79 (24) 103 (22) 97 (20) 97 (23) 123 (23)
59David P9520:16 80 (21) 101 (23) 97 (17) 104 (24) 116 (20)
60Ben Ganly6620:26 85 (20) 104 (14) 115 (16) 100 (12) 98 (14)
61MickinEly25820:37 100 (9) 99 (18) 100 (13) 97 (15) 102 (13)
62trishwain2720:47 91 (9) 113 (7) 85 (6) 113 (8) 94 (7)
63Zabadak9320:54 80 (19) 110 (23) 101 (18) 99 (20) 105 (23)
64AnneGinger7121:32 75 (16) 110 (17) 96 (13) 113 (19) 99 (16)
65Groucho7621:55 81 (16) 103 (21) 98 (16) 93 (19) 127 (14)
66Helly Welly6722:07 85 (14) 94 (16) 95 (11) 98 (19) 121 (17)
67alanjcannon8122:19 82 (20) 103 (20) 102 (14) 99 (18) 112 (19)
68NJeagle8422:24 86 (17) 102 (18) 103 (18) 89 (17) 111 (24)
69PeterMabey7922:36 81 (18) 106 (15) 100 (20) 101 (24) 118 (12)
70Big Mick7322:37 87 (18) 104 (16) 95 (14) 100 (19) 113 (16)
71Bobchapman5222:44 77 (12) 98 (12) 98 (13) 107 (14) 120 (11)
72barracuda10422:46 74 (22) 104 (23) 99 (22) 95 (24) 124 (23)
73zythum9722:46 84 (23) 96 (21) 107 (20) 92 (21) 120 (22)
74Bobb7223:20 85 (14) 95 (22) 95 (17) 105 (12) 120 (17)
75Edprof7523:30 78 (16) 97 (17) 108 (15) 89 (17) 121 (20)
76frost4123:37 80 (12) 125 (8) 99 (10) 101 (14) 105 (7)
77Galspray7124:01 78 (16) 89 (9) 84 (20) 102 (20) 144 (16)
78leonora5724:37 78 (13) 106 (13) 95 (13) 101 (16) 119 (12)
79Bert Dove3624:41 90 (11) 98 (6) 94 (14) 109 (9) 124 (6)
80benedick7024:56 82 (11) 105 (21) 106 (18) 87 (15) 109 (15)
81Solver526825:25 85 (21) 112 (14) 101 (15) 86 (13) 119 (15)
82burrowz1b4225:33 88 (8) 102 (14) 94 (9) 113 (9) 97 (12)
83Julian West5325:38 69 (12) 107 (15) 94 (14) 93 (11) 137 (11)
84crosswordian8325:40 80 (19) 101 (22) 102 (19) 106 (18) 112 (15)
85me_phobete6925:53 81 (17) 97 (13) 95 (12) 102 (17) 117 (20)
86NAPASAI4026:14 79 (11) 119 (9) 93 (10) 102 (12) 113 (8)
87KarenR8026:18 79 (19) 90 (18) 98 (17) 108 (16) 122 (20)
88Chadwick6826:59 81 (18) 105 (14) 108 (14) 103 (17) 106 (15)
89stockynige3427:44 78 (11) 121 (8) 98 (11) 114 (8) 97 (6)
90nekabue4127:56 75 (12) 102 (12) 127 (6) 104 (9) 107 (12)
91Son of Smug4828:06 85 (10) 112 (13) 96 (10) 87 (13) 114 (12)
92Jefe3728:20 75 (8) 92 (7) 95 (6) 94 (13) 124 (13)
93alexh2328:31 81 (6) 107 (7) 103 (6) 100 (8) 105 (6)
94lesbunch3228:51 82 (6) 107 (9) 83 (8) 90 (12) 141 (7)
95oldpalace5228:58 95 (11) 100 (17) 93 (11) 97 (8) 108 (15)
96Prytherch6729:21 93 (11) 99 (14) 109 (15) 91 (19) 105 (18)
97anthea6129:44 101 (7) 97 (15) 102 (12) 97 (18) 102 (19)
98Moles4029:45 88 (9) 108 (10) 110 (10) 91 (13) 104 (8)
99Barry Smith6529:53 77 (14) 110 (18) 101 (8) 91 (18) 115 (17)
100diogenes5429:54 79 (13) 104 (11) 115 (10) 87 (15) 117 (15)
101rosselliot3730:30 85 (9) 104 (10) 102 (9) 114 (8) 95 (11)
102Ron's mum4532:14 72 (8) 100 (9) 91 (13) 78 (13) 148 (12)
103MaxenEH3532:36 80 (7) 103 (8) 110 (12) 95 (10) 101 (8)
104Big Nug5433:05 81 (9) 102 (11) 89 (16) 94 (14) 127 (14)
105Clovis3433:23 75 (11) 94 (8) 75 (9) 121 (6) 142 (10)
106koro6033:32 82 (12) 114 (12) 88 (13) 104 (17) 107 (16)
107Jeeves5835:18 80 (13) 108 (13) 96 (14) 98 (13) 114 (15)
108cassandra3639:35 100 (6) 95 (13) 91 (8) 101 (7) 109 (12)
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