Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28780

Date 07 December 2023
Number 28780
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 66
Ref solvers excluded with errors 11
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28780

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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 04:41 104 105
Diskus 06:25 08:57 139 140
verlaine Verlaine 06:49 09:39 141 142
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 11:56 158 159
Paul Gilbert 07:36 04:27 58 58
cmjhutton 07:54 08:21 105 106
richard 08:58 08:59 100 101
chindit 09:14 12:01 130 131
glheard glh 10:20 11:07 107 108
lickert 10:25 09:57 95 95
Kinghedger 10:28 10:06 96 96
markdobell 10:36 12:30 117 118
AlanS 10:39 09:43 91 91
Deane Short Deane Short 10:58 11:25 104 105
keriothe_ keriothe 11:04 09:56 89 89
andy 11:11 11:56 106 107
patrickcates 11:14 09:49 87 87
miked1961 11:26 13:18 116 117
chriswords 11:43 13:32 115 116
xyster 11:50 08:30 71 71
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:50 10:07 85 85
fuzz 11:52 26:22 222 224
Sheapey Sheapey 12:02 15:44 130 131
PaulCooke 12:13 07:16 59 59
fshephe 12:14 12:07 99 100
tilbee 12:23 10:26 84 84
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:26 15:51 127 128
JimboFS 12:37 11:11 88 88
Ben Staveley 12:55 12:13 94 94
Stavros Stavrolex 13:15 16:56 127 128
HoneyBadger 13:15 09:07 68 68
samgdavies 13:16 25:55 195 196
Jim Willis 13:44 12:39 92 92
edwards.robert1 13:45 10:53 79 79
Silva 13:46 13:26 97 97
Henry White 13:49 15:50 114 115
LouWeed LouWeed 14:03 16:19 116 117
alexh 14:07 10:11 72 72
Groucho 14:08 11:48 83 83
Tibthorpe 14:12 14:50 104 105
JezWoolfrey 14:13 20:40 145 146
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 14:14 12:21 86 86
KenD51 14:16 05:52 41 41
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 14:23 15:25 107 108
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 14:28 14:27 99 100
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 14:47 16:23 110 111
Semillon 14:58 17:44 118 119
AndyR 15:03 16:15 107 108
Aloysius 15:04 16:41 110 111
Finzi 15:06 16:47 111 112
johninterred Johninterred 15:08 18:04 119 120
Umpire 15:19 11:49 77 77
myles 15:28 20:40 133 134
SimonAnthony 15:46 13:25 85 85
gabrojak 15:49 20:25 129 130
Pootle Pootle 15:53 13:22 84 84
robinh 16:02 12:53 80 80
PGooden 16:03 23:04 143 144
njnclarke 16:22 17:50 108 109
Looch 16:35 17:05 103 104
LJCN 16:36 20:39 124 125
BlackburnRover 16:46 14:29 86 86
andrewlake 16:46 17:30 104 105
zinzan 16:57 19:54 117 118
ilan 17:03 17:55 105 106
ajcauk1 17:04 17:08 100 101
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:10 20:43 120 121
Craven 17:19 19:48 114 115
DunPangolin 17:56 17:44 98 98
Crossiant 18:00 16:21 90 90
Freemers 18:07 17:34 96 96
earlylight 18:34 23:59 129 130
doublecross anguswalker 18:38 18:11 97 97
GMcD 18:42 15:03 80 80
uvofiz 18:55 24:30 129 130
Cookincats 19:18 22:26 116 117
Andrew Whiffin 19:27 25:07 129 130
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 19:38 22:30 114 115
frost 20:09 24:25 121 122
crosswordian 20:09 23:57 118 119
John Arnold 20:14 31:18 154 155
pc8 20:26 15:23 75 75
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:42 19:53 96 96
Solver52 20:49 17:50 85 85
DanSolo 21:06 21:13 100 101
James P Special_bitter 21:11 25:53 122 123
Dvynys dvynys 21:22 20:27 95 95
Leegoods 21:24 23:45 110 111
Curarist Curarist 21:30 31:59 148 149
Nangle 21:41 26:18 121 122
daniel.faith 22:38 20:00 88 88
1234 22:44 21:37 95 95
Waterloo 23:19 23:21 100 101
goblin 23:31 24:54 105 106
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 23:35 26:44 113 114
hugh schofield Leskoffer 23:50 20:41 86 86
Tudds 23:52 26:02 109 110
stainl665 24:10 30:14 125 126
klamery4 24:11 17:26 72 72
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:30 22:40 92 92
Corymbia Corymbia 24:31 20:04 81 81
Sheen 25:10 22:49 90 90
barracuda barracuda 25:21 22:18 87 87
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:38 25:12 98 98
chris661554 25:48 31:25 121 122
Fidelio 25:49 28:48 111 112
Crippens1 26:15 20:00 76 76
ulaca ulaca 26:21 24:25 92 92
medodd 26:28 19:36 74 74
timbo 28:00 24:29 87 87
nekabue 29:39 25:36 86 86
phcbarnes 30:39 28:29 92 92
rosselliot 30:49 28:10 91 91
Manveru 31:23 29:36 94 94
koro kororareka 32:51 27:43 84 84
BertieVII 32:51 34:02 103 104
SlumdogEngineer 33:39 18:26 54 54
alistair.boere 34:53 28:11 80 80
starstruck starstruck_au 34:57 38:51 111 112
tyrotim tyrotim 36:08 33:22 92 92
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 37:04 41:12 111 112
Cryptique 37:08 36:17 97 97
boltonwanderer 37:13 30:00 80 80
Winchelt618 37:21 29:05 77 77
HanS 37:52 23:30 62 62
Shushannah 39:19 30:07 76 76
maryht 39:57 33:02 82 82
kapietro kapietro 40:01 39:10 97 97
empty 43:00 60:48 141 142
baronrob 44:51 30:29 67 67
MartinP MartinP1 46:19 48:33 104 105
Dalai Farmer 48:38 33:45 69 69
Steve Wood 49:18 53:15 108 109

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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