Crossword SNITCH

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

Reference solvers for October 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
1Magoo9905:48 90 (22) 103 (23) 99 (23) 100 (23) 108 (18)
2mohn6206:39 80 (14) 97 (16) 110 (12) 100 (15) 112 (15)
3Jason10407:07 90 (24) 102 (23) 98 (21) 95 (22) 113 (24)
4Eamon Ryan10707:32 98 (26) 99 (23) 100 (23) 99 (24) 103 (21)
5mistigris4008:10 77 (7) 91 (11) 115 (8) 106 (15) 102 (9)
6Bogota Eagle4908:11 92 (11) 105 (13) 97 (12) 102 (11) 100 (12)
7Ludo4608:45 101 (10) 87 (11) 114 (12) 93 (12) 102 (11)
8auchiedollie9108:56 91 (20) 99 (22) 102 (21) 103 (18) 103 (20)
9aphis999609:12 84 (23) 108 (21) 100 (21) 105 (22) 102 (19)
10verlaine9409:47 76 (21) 94 (22) 103 (21) 110 (20) 116 (20)
11richard8910:34 82 (18) 100 (20) 103 (20) 93 (20) 117 (21)
12Tom Stubbs10811:23 93 (24) 96 (23) 101 (22) 88 (25) 120 (24)
13alanconnor4511:27 87 (14) 98 (15) 99 (7) 119 (7) 107 (12)
14tonysever10411:38 92 (22) 100 (22) 100 (22) 91 (25) 116 (23)
15lickert10011:43 88 (24) 101 (22) 104 (23) 100 (22) 107 (19)
16Eylesie7111:44 87 (17) 120 (17) 120 (14) 96 (17) 77 (16)
17trux2911:48 87 (8) 93 (9) 110 (8) 96 (7) 114 (7)
18Peter Fowler9412:01 96 (21) 101 (17) 106 (21) 94 (23) 102 (22)
19KenTurner10012:33 96 (21) 97 (23) 98 (21) 104 (21) 101 (24)
20Quizimodo10512:39 89 (22) 106 (24) 98 (25) 97 (22) 107 (22)
21Heyesey6712:40 80 (18) 95 (18) 95 (17) 115 (13) 131 (11)
22chindit10112:53 88 (24) 106 (21) 97 (20) 100 (22) 107 (24)
23Silva9913:04 91 (23) 109 (21) 101 (20) 98 (23) 100 (22)
24Topical Tim8013:09 84 (20) 96 (18) 109 (14) 108 (20) 104 (18)
25AlanS9013:28 80 (20) 99 (20) 102 (20) 100 (21) 117 (19)
26neilr9313:39 87 (23) 109 (22) 102 (22) 99 (18) 102 (18)
27Toffer7013:44 87 (18) 98 (14) 108 (13) 96 (19) 113 (16)
28Denis9213:57 95 (20) 99 (21) 98 (21) 104 (21) 101 (19)
29mikegrocott7414:00 83 (19) 108 (15) 99 (14) 100 (19) 111 (17)
30Stavros8514:24 85 (19) 101 (17) 101 (20) 99 (19) 110 (20)
31glheard3514:30 82 (7) 100 (7) 89 (9) 102 (14) 121 (8)
32jjp6814:42 90 (20) 108 (17) 97 (15) 100 (16) 106 (10)
33mchalen11014:48 85 (24) 105 (26) 97 (25) 96 (22) 115 (23)
34aphasic5014:54 75 (10) 102 (14) 107 (10) 102 (15) 108 (11)
35Tibthorpe8714:57 87 (18) 104 (18) 100 (20) 90 (20) 114 (21)
36earlylight8415:17 96 (19) 95 (19) 105 (17) 100 (19) 102 (20)
37AndyOwl9015:24 82 (21) 98 (19) 102 (18) 103 (20) 113 (22)
38Sue Sweeper6515:38 81 (14) 102 (20) 109 (17) 83 (12) 119 (12)
39Margaretlarb5116:13 93 (14) 105 (12) 112 (13) 107 (8) 86 (14)
40fshephe9316:18 85 (19) 98 (24) 100 (20) 97 (19) 115 (21)
41ChuckB3616:20 87 (8) 91 (9) 111 (11) 103 (8) 100 (10)
42OliviaRhineb10016:35 83 (24) 104 (21) 104 (23) 95 (21) 114 (21)
43robinh9316:39 90 (21) 100 (20) 98 (18) 98 (22) 112 (22)
44sotira6916:43 86 (18) 107 (16) 94 (13) 95 (15) 115 (17)
45rpb7616:49 94 (20) 102 (18) 112 (16) 89 (16) 102 (16)
46phthisis10216:52 92 (23) 103 (23) 97 (23) 99 (23) 107 (20)
47Werm7716:53 80 (18) 102 (16) 87 (17) 112 (21) 117 (15)
48RHB5717:09 81 (14) 111 (14) 93 (15) 102 (13) 116 (11)
49subbswamysg4217:19 92 (11) 89 (10) 102 (10) 106 (10) 108 (11)
50Bernard S4717:31 91 (8) 112 (13) 97 (9) 98 (14) 95 (13)
51nesbitt4817:34 90 (14) 99 (12) 104 (12) 102 (10) 106 (10)
52andyt5418:16 93 (14) 105 (13) 97 (12) 96 (12) 106 (13)
53pterodactyl4918:22 95 (15) 93 (13) 113 (10) 99 (9) 101 (12)
54Kevin Gregg4318:46 92 (10) 90 (8) 103 (10) 98 (14) 112 (11)
55GMcD9519:28 84 (22) 103 (21) 99 (22) 95 (19) 118 (21)
56sampson7419:35 93 (20) 98 (16) 104 (18) 99 (18) 107 (12)
57reindeer8019:43 92 (18) 99 (17) 96 (18) 107 (19) 104 (18)
58David Crooks10120:03 89 (22) 99 (22) 103 (23) 99 (21) 107 (23)
59David P9020:05 83 (20) 102 (21) 99 (17) 100 (22) 114 (20)
60peter wild10320:20 83 (24) 98 (22) 100 (21) 97 (23) 120 (23)
61MickinEly25920:37 96 (13) 102 (18) 98 (14) 99 (13) 102 (11)
62Ben Ganly6620:42 85 (18) 99 (14) 107 (15) 96 (14) 113 (15)
63Zabadak8821:03 82 (17) 113 (21) 97 (19) 97 (20) 104 (21)
64AnneGinger6521:38 81 (15) 107 (16) 99 (12) 110 (19) 96 (13)
65Groucho6721:47 85 (14) 96 (18) 99 (14) 97 (18) 126 (13)
66NJeagle8022:10 86 (18) 95 (17) 106 (17) 92 (15) 114 (23)
67Big Mick6722:36 90 (16) 97 (14) 97 (14) 102 (18) 111 (15)
68Helly Welly6722:42 88 (13) 93 (19) 90 (10) 97 (19) 125 (16)
69alanjcannon8122:53 88 (18) 98 (19) 98 (16) 99 (18) 113 (20)
70zythum9223:01 87 (23) 97 (19) 110 (20) 92 (19) 111 (21)
71barracuda10023:03 79 (23) 104 (22) 104 (21) 98 (23) 115 (21)
72Bobchapman4423:07 91 (11) 93 (10) 107 (15) 90 (11) 123 (7)
73Bobb6524:07 83 (12) 102 (21) 93 (17) 101 (11) 116 (14)
74PeterMabey7424:08 83 (17) 104 (13) 102 (20) 102 (22) 110 (12)
75Galspray6624:21 90 (16) 86 (10) 84 (18) 100 (17) 137 (15)
76Edprof7424:26 83 (17) 96 (16) 113 (15) 86 (17) 119 (19)
77leonora5724:32 85 (14) 106 (12) 101 (14) 94 (14) 114 (13)
78Solver526125:17 87 (21) 112 (13) 101 (14) 89 (12) 119 (11)
79benedick6625:17 88 (13) 100 (18) 104 (16) 94 (14) 109 (15)
80KarenR8025:31 85 (19) 96 (18) 102 (18) 100 (15) 114 (20)
81Julian West4725:42 71 (10) 102 (16) 91 (13) 110 (9) 132 (9)
82crosswordian8025:45 83 (20) 95 (19) 105 (19) 109 (16) 110 (16)
83me_phobete6526:20 88 (17) 95 (12) 92 (13) 101 (16) 118 (17)
84NAPASAI3826:28 83 (9) 113 (10) 92 (11) 107 (11) 100 (7)
85burrowz1b4826:46 82 (8) 92 (15) 92 (11) 108 (10) 116 (14)
86Chadwick6627:33 89 (16) 100 (15) 105 (17) 102 (15) 100 (13)
87Son of Smug4527:51 91 (10) 105 (13) 97 (10) 87 (10) 112 (12)
88alexh2827:58 81 (7) 109 (8) 108 (6) 99 (9) 100 (8)
89stockynige3228:01 91 (11) 98 (6) 101 (10) 105 (8) 108 (7)
90oldpalace4928:44 96 (14) 99 (13) 95 (11) 97 (9) 110 (12)
91Prytherch6329:20 95 (11) 99 (13) 109 (15) 91 (18) 104 (16)
92rosselliot3629:20 91 (10) 100 (9) 100 (10) 114 (6) 100 (11)
93diogenes4929:24 88 (14) 98 (9) 119 (11) 85 (13) 113 (12)
94Jefe4429:32 68 (8) 90 (10) 111 (8) 89 (15) 130 (13)
95Barry Smith6529:37 80 (13) 106 (18) 102 (10) 90 (17) 115 (17)
96Moles4429:49 85 (11) 103 (10) 107 (11) 93 (12) 112 (10)
97anthea6229:57 102 (9) 95 (14) 104 (13) 94 (17) 103 (19)
98Ron's mum4132:23 84 (8) 93 (8) 90 (13) 79 (12) 156 (10)
99Big Nug5332:30 83 (12) 107 (12) 89 (15) 94 (12) 128 (12)
100MaxenEH2932:44 83 (6) 104 (6) 107 (10) 96 (9) 101 (8)
101Clovis3833:07 83 (13) 100 (8) 75 (9) 105 (8) 139 (10)
102koro5733:49 86 (11) 110 (12) 97 (13) 98 (16) 105 (15)
103Jeeves5835:28 83 (14) 105 (13) 95 (15) 98 (12) 116 (14)
104cassandra3139:35 100 (6) 92 (11) 96 (8) 101 (6) 109 (10)
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