Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28771

Date 27 November 2023
Number 28771
Day of week Monday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 56
Ref solvers excluded with errors 16
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28771

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Detailed solving results

Reference, Tracked and Blog solvers with error-free solutions to this puzzle are shown below.

We also show the solver's Personal NITCH, which is their result on this puzzle compared to their average time, and the Wavelength Index of Times Cryptic Hardness, the WITCH, which is the Personal NITCH compared to the SNITCH.

Name TfTT Name Average time This time Personal NITCH WITCH
mohn mohn2 04:30 03:41 81 119
Nathan Panning 05:51 06:38 113 166
Jason 05:56 03:17 55 80
verlaine Verlaine 06:49 06:06 89 130
hilarym 07:04 04:36 65 95
mauefw Mauefw 07:27 06:26 86 126
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 04:28 59 86
Paul Gilbert 07:36 05:37 73 107
cmjhutton 07:54 05:30 69 101
Magoo 08:36 03:19 38 55
joelhames 09:05 05:32 60 88
asaldanha 09:07 05:36 61 89
boulemiche 09:08 07:14 79 116
chindit 09:14 06:52 74 108
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:18 07:40 74 108
lickert 10:25 10:00 96 141
Kinghedger 10:28 06:04 57 83
markdobell 10:36 07:17 68 100
AlanS 10:39 07:49 73 107
Deane Short Deane Short 10:58 08:56 81 119
keriothe_ keriothe 11:04 07:47 70 102
patrickcates 11:14 06:32 58 85
Heyesey 11:25 07:50 68 100
chriswords 11:43 11:25 97 142
xyster 11:50 07:07 60 88
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:50 08:24 70 102
Sheapey Sheapey 12:02 07:11 59 86
ChuckB 12:06 11:00 90 132
PaulCooke 12:13 05:33 45 66
fshephe 12:14 11:13 91 133
March (JeffCollins) mch1 12:14 10:57 89 130
tilbee 12:23 08:01 64 94
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:26 06:43 54 79
canismiser 12:44 11:47 92 135
neilr neilr 12:46 07:34 59 86
Ben Staveley 12:55 10:15 79 116
John Walsh 13:04 11:55 91 133
aphasic 13:11 10:40 80 117
HoneyBadger 13:15 12:24 93 136
Stavros Stavrolex 13:15 07:07 53 77
samgdavies 13:16 26:23 198 291
chriss 13:34 07:26 54 79
Paul Bacon 13:35 11:55 87 127
Silva 13:46 06:47 49 72
john.brassey 13:50 32:40 236 347
LouWeed LouWeed 14:03 10:31 74 108
alexh 14:07 10:54 77 113
Groucho 14:08 07:34 53 77
Tibthorpe 14:12 08:35 60 88
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 14:14 10:54 76 111
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 14:23 13:52 96 141
Derek Harrison 14:25 16:08 111 163
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 14:28 08:59 62 91
Penfold_61 Penfold 14:37 10:19 70 102
franceslc11 14:45 12:30 84 123
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 14:47 10:46 72 105
grape 14:56 11:04 74 108
Semillon 14:58 07:47 52 76
Aloysius 15:04 11:46 78 114
Finzi 15:06 13:31 89 130
GeorgeTz 15:06 13:41 90 132
johninterred Johninterred 15:08 13:17 87 127
phthisis 15:10 08:48 58 85
Achernar 15:12 10:55 71 104
MK76 15:45 12:14 77 113
SimonAnthony 15:46 08:22 53 77
gabrojak 15:49 14:21 90 132
Peponi13 15:56 10:26 65 95
robinh 16:02 08:29 52 76
jimwetzler 16:21 14:31 88 129
njnclarke 16:22 12:35 76 111
tapbarker 16:37 16:33 99 145
andrewlake 16:46 16:59 101 148
BlackburnRover 16:46 14:14 84 123
Ease This Jam 17:00 11:15 66 97
ilan 17:03 11:51 69 101
ajcauk1 17:04 14:34 85 125
Craven 17:19 18:02 104 152
DunPangolin 17:56 12:00 66 97
Crossiant 18:00 10:10 56 82
Freemers 18:07 12:24 68 100
Foozler 18:27 22:11 120 176
Jeremy S 18:28 14:00 75 110
cmcnsmith 18:28 19:35 106 155
pterodactyl 18:31 15:10 81 119
GMcD 18:42 08:35 45 66
daulbs 18:51 12:55 68 100
cath23 19:44 12:17 62 91
Colin2355 19:46 10:50 54 79
squark 19:57 18:39 93 136
gsriordan52 20:21 12:21 60 88
pc8 20:26 12:20 60 88
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:42 14:00 67 98
endafk 20:45 21:40 104 152
LuckOfLucien 20:46 20:42 99 145
Solver52 20:49 18:33 89 130
James P Special_bitter 21:11 19:26 91 133
dec 21:21 16:07 75 110
Curarist Curarist 21:30 14:47 68 100
valerian1967 22:22 14:30 64 94
daniel.faith 22:38 19:11 84 123
DianeRS 22:56 13:33 59 86
Waterloo 23:19 13:36 58 85
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 23:21 20:29 87 127
goblin 23:31 16:14 69 101
joekobi 23:33 20:00 84 123
david_ch 23:44 19:50 83 122
Tudds 23:52 11:36 48 70
McBeak McBeak 23:55 23:44 99 145
suethepotterer 23:58 26:32 110 161
stainl665 24:10 18:34 76 111
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 24:23 20:47 85 125
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:30 11:56 48 70
Corymbia Corymbia 24:31 19:25 79 116
Sheen 25:10 24:52 98 144
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:38 18:10 70 102
DamienKnapma 25:47 32:03 124 182
chris661554 25:48 20:48 80 117
Terrier 26:04 14:05 54 79
Crippens1 26:15 26:38 101 148
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 26:56 16:52 62 91
Deezzaa Deezzaa 27:32 18:40 67 98
JMbrow29 29:17 39:10 133 195
JoeyC 29:30 19:54 67 98
infinitejest 30:18 27:40 91 133
Manveru 31:23 19:35 62 91
koro kororareka 32:51 27:26 83 122
BertieVII 32:51 55:53 170 250
Vagans 33:10 20:32 61 89
alistair.boere 34:53 55:26 158 232
starstruck starstruck_au 34:57 40:27 115 169
tyrotim tyrotim 36:08 38:02 105 154
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 37:04 23:45 64 94
boltonwanderer 37:13 19:00 51 75
Winchelt618 37:21 25:04 67 98
SK42 37:45 18:12 48 70
Rookie 38:03 34:55 91 133
NAPASAI napasai 39:55 16:36 41 60
kapietro kapietro 40:01 18:09 45 66
empty 43:00 35:12 81 119
baronrob 44:51 22:18 49 72
Steve Wood 49:18 45:05 91 133
profsjpayne 50:04 69:38 139 204
CoxBurglar coxburglar 51:10 34:15 66 97
paulmcl paulmcl 51:55 35:48 68 100

A guide to the solver status

Legend
 Reference solver used for SNITCH
 Other Reference solver
 Tracked solver
 Blog solver

Blog Solvers

Blog Solvers are those who have allowed their times to be taken from the Times for the Times blog.

Notes for Blog Solvers:

  • the most reliable format for reporting times is with format "mm:ss" or as "x minutes" in the title or at the start of the entry
  • only the first main comment for each blogger is used; responses to other comments or a second comment is ignored
  • to report errors, include "n errors" just after the time
  • If you just have a time it is assumed you have no errors unless you mention DNF or pink squares or giving up, etc, in the text
  • Examples of good time notifications are "38:30, 0 errors" and "39 minutes, 0 errors" in the comment title or as the first part of your comment

Notes

The definition of Reference and Tracked solvers is described on the Neutrinos page.

The results for Reference solvers are normally used to calcuate the SNITCH. When this happens they are shown in the list with a solid blue line to the left. In the previous SNITCH results listing for each crossword, these were the only entries shown.

The most common causes for Reference solver results not to be used are: (a) that they did not meet the criteria this month to be used as a reference (e.g. they may not have completed enough puzzles on each day of the week) or (b) they have been pushed out of the top 100 on the leader board. In these cases, the results are now shown, but their data is not used for the SNITCH calculation.

Where there is data for Tracked solvers, I show them also in this table. The solving data is not always available, as the Crossword Club site only shows the top 100 solvers to everyone. Logged-in users get their own leaderboard position and those around them, but this is not available to everyone. So the SNITCH site only gets data for those who have made the top 100 in the leaderboard at some point during the day.

As a result there are a few geographically advantaged solvers; those of us who solve early in the day (e.g. we in the Antipodes, those in Asia and those staying up late in North America) are more likely to hit the leaderboard even with slower times. Solvers who are just as capable but solve later in the UK day might not make the top 100 and I have no way to capture their results.

You may wonder why there are Tracked solvers (in red) with low average solving times, mixed in with the Reference solvers (in blue). These are usually those that, while they don't seem to be Neutrinos, are not well aligned to the SNITCH. So I don't use them as Reference solvers in the SNITCH calculation, but still show their overall results.

You might also notice that there's some inconsistency at the tail end of the Reference solver list. My cutoff point is an average solving time of 45 minutes. But if someone around this mark is chosen as a Reference solver, their next month's results might end up being over 45 minutes and they will still be used. Alternatively, a Tracked solver might creep in under 45 minutes on the next calculation, but didn't make the cut for the prior Reference list. It's on the to-do list to see if I can make this a bit more predictable.

Stored SNITCH Values

Here are the SNITCH values (stored on the day) from the crossword.

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