Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28785

Date 13 December 2023
Number 28785
Day of week Wednesday
NITCH 99
Count of ref solvers 64
Ref solvers excluded with errors 8
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28785

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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 05:25 120 121
verlaine Verlaine 06:49 05:26 79 79
mauefw Mauefw 07:27 06:07 82 82
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 08:44 116 117
richard 08:58 07:27 83 83
asaldanha 09:07 09:36 105 106
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:18 07:12 69 69
lickert 10:25 08:45 84 84
Kinghedger 10:28 09:12 87 87
markdobell 10:36 15:10 143 144
AlanS 10:39 12:15 115 116
Deane Short Deane Short 10:58 07:49 71 71
andy 11:11 11:28 102 103
Heyesey 11:25 09:20 81 81
miked1961 11:26 16:51 147 148
chriswords 11:43 10:12 87 87
fuzz 11:52 11:53 100 101
ChuckB 12:06 14:43 121 122
fshephe 12:14 12:42 103 104
March (JeffCollins) mch1 12:14 14:55 121 122
tilbee 12:23 13:39 110 111
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:26 08:41 69 69
canismiser 12:44 15:10 119 120
neilr neilr 12:46 16:15 127 128
Ben Staveley 12:55 14:59 116 117
HoneyBadger 13:15 14:22 108 109
samgdavies 13:16 08:14 62 62
chriss 13:34 20:39 152 153
edwards.robert1 13:45 11:48 85 85
Silva 13:46 10:28 76 76
Henry White 13:49 09:56 71 71
john.brassey 13:50 15:16 110 111
LouWeed LouWeed 14:03 18:05 128 129
alexh 14:07 18:08 128 129
Groucho 14:08 13:32 95 95
Tibthorpe 14:12 14:16 100 101
JezWoolfrey 14:13 28:15 198 200
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 14:14 06:34 46 46
KenD51 14:16 06:55 48 48
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 14:23 17:25 121 122
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 14:28 14:42 101 102
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 14:47 11:40 78 78
Semillon 14:58 21:38 144 145
Finzi 15:06 14:09 93 93
johninterred Johninterred 15:08 12:06 79 79
phthisis 15:10 19:24 127 128
Achernar 15:12 14:32 95 95
monkfish 15:27 23:56 154 155
SimonAnthony 15:46 10:18 65 65
gabrojak 15:49 17:55 113 114
Peponi13 15:56 16:11 101 102
robinh 16:02 17:25 108 109
PGooden 16:03 14:23 89 89
jimwetzler 16:21 18:12 111 112
Squallaby 16:33 17:27 105 106
Looch 16:35 19:52 119 120
BlackburnRover 16:46 14:02 83 83
andrewlake 16:46 18:16 108 109
ilan 17:03 20:28 120 121
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:10 10:06 58 58
Craven 17:19 19:02 109 110
johnr118 17:51 04:44 26 26
DunPangolin 17:56 18:49 104 105
Freemers 18:07 14:54 82 82
Jeremy S 18:28 21:26 116 117
pterodactyl 18:31 26:25 142 143
Zander 18:32 23:05 124 125
GMcD 18:42 27:36 147 148
uvofiz 18:55 15:48 83 83
David Bourne 19:45 24:42 125 126
Colin2355 19:46 21:10 107 108
squark 19:57 21:35 108 109
crosswordian 20:09 27:02 134 135
John Arnold 20:14 27:36 136 137
pc8 20:26 23:10 113 114
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:42 21:07 102 103
endafk 20:45 24:01 115 116
LuckOfLucien 20:46 26:11 126 127
Solver52 20:49 15:08 72 72
Hamish.S 20:50 21:05 101 102
DanSolo 21:06 19:40 93 93
Leegoods 21:24 30:00 140 141
sue.cresswell 21:30 30:22 141 142
Curarist Curarist 21:30 20:28 95 95
george.garlick 21:33 22:25 104 105
cyrillic 21:34 29:04 134 135
Nangle 21:41 23:14 107 108
UisceTe 22:04 15:36 70 70
daniel.faith 22:38 36:02 159 160
Edprof 23:09 22:52 98 98
Waterloo 23:19 21:15 91 91
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 23:21 32:21 138 139
goblin 23:31 33:00 140 141
joekobi 23:33 31:00 131 132
david_ch 23:44 23:17 98 98
Tudds 23:52 21:47 91 91
tony the butcher montana 24:06 30:20 125 126
stainl665 24:10 30:20 125 126
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:30 41:16 168 169
Corymbia Corymbia 24:31 31:41 129 130
barracuda barracuda 25:21 22:44 89 89
chris661554 25:48 21:42 84 84
Crippens1 26:15 25:46 98 98
ulaca ulaca 26:21 45:16 171 172
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 26:56 29:37 109 110
ChrisBrea 27:30 24:54 90 90
Yatton50 28:07 24:07 85 85
Speedcop2 28:52 27:25 94 94
Mike Harper Mike Harper 29:13 15:40 53 53
JoeyC 29:30 32:05 108 109
nekabue 29:39 32:41 110 111
infinitejest 30:18 35:17 116 117
rosselliot 30:49 33:59 110 111
Gussie 31:04 33:37 108 109
gbestanley 31:08 42:21 136 137
Grumpole Grumpole 31:39 19:19 61 61
koro kororareka 32:51 37:22 113 114
BertieVII 32:51 25:41 78 78
starstruck starstruck_au 34:57 41:20 118 119
tyrotim tyrotim 36:08 43:23 120 121
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 37:04 42:21 114 115
boltonwanderer 37:13 44:00 118 119
Winchelt618 37:21 20:21 54 54
HanS 37:52 38:58 102 103
kapietro kapietro 40:01 36:49 92 92
baronrob 44:51 45:42 101 102
MartinP MartinP1 46:19 43:37 94 94
Dalai Farmer 48:38 41:02 84 84

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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