Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28801

Date 01 January 2024
Number 28801
Day of week Monday
NITCH 72
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28801

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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
Nathan Panning 06:05 05:53 96 133
verlaine Verlaine 06:58 04:12 60 83
hilarym 07:06 06:20 89 123
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 07:12 95 131
Paul Gilbert 07:39 04:51 63 87
cmjhutton 08:24 07:20 87 120
richard 08:50 08:16 93 129
boulemiche 09:19 09:03 97 134
chindit 09:44 08:55 91 126
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:17 08:51 86 119
lickert 10:43 08:21 77 106
markdobell 10:47 05:16 48 66
patrickcates 10:49 08:38 79 109
keriothe_ keriothe 11:09 07:47 69 95
Deane Short Deane Short 11:10 09:23 84 116
Heyesey 11:10 09:19 83 115
miked1961 11:31 07:38 66 91
andy 11:33 12:06 104 144
ChuckB 12:07 09:57 82 113
Sheapey Sheapey 12:11 09:34 78 108
chriswords 12:13 08:47 71 98
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:29 08:17 66 91
fshephe 12:32 07:33 60 83
d.middleton 12:35 10:55 86 119
canismiser 12:44 07:04 55 76
JimboFS 12:48 09:56 77 106
March (JeffCollins) mch1 12:51 08:05 62 86
neilr neilr 12:52 09:22 72 100
Stavros Stavrolex 13:02 11:18 86 119
KenD51 13:07 14:24 109 151
Paul Bacon 13:19 11:41 87 120
HoneyBadger 13:23 10:04 75 104
Ben Staveley 13:25 11:32 85 118
Silva 13:27 12:19 91 126
edwards.robert1 13:40 15:05 110 152
aphasic 13:44 09:37 70 97
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:55 09:15 66 91
Groucho 14:08 12:21 87 120
alexh 14:09 13:37 96 133
CentralLine CentralLine 14:15 08:26 59 81
Tibthorpe 14:16 13:58 97 134
Penfold_61 Penfold 14:26 09:02 62 86
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 14:40 09:07 62 86
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 14:41 11:05 75 104
LouWeed LouWeed 14:44 15:16 103 143
franceslc11 14:47 12:37 85 118
Mike Mansbridge 14:50 03:13 21 29
chriss 14:57 10:56 73 101
john.brassey 15:03 17:08 113 156
Semillon 15:04 11:48 78 108
JezWoolfrey 15:07 15:50 104 144
Finzi 15:10 15:05 99 137
MK76 15:27 14:27 93 129
john.marshall 15:27 09:56 64 88
myles 15:31 12:58 83 115
johninterred Johninterred 15:33 07:34 48 66
SimonAnthony 15:34 10:04 64 88
AndyR 15:34 14:01 90 125
Peponi13 15:37 10:30 67 93
Achernar 15:48 15:59 101 140
Pootle Pootle 15:58 15:16 95 131
robinh 16:04 33:23 207 287
gabrojak 16:09 11:16 69 95
howardwilde1 16:11 14:00 86 119
BlackburnRover 16:27 12:21 75 104
njnclarke 16:31 10:06 61 84
tapbarker 16:36 13:20 80 111
Looch 16:50 13:40 81 112
Squallaby 16:51 08:21 49 68
ajcauk1 17:07 12:43 74 102
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:19 12:48 73 101
andrewlake 17:24 11:47 67 93
Craven 17:28 15:46 90 125
ilan 17:32 11:29 65 90
rupes 17:50 17:00 95 131
Crossiant 18:01 09:55 55 76
DunPangolin 18:23 11:26 62 86
cmcnsmith 18:27 19:58 108 150
Ease This Jam 18:29 10:31 56 77
GMcD 18:47 11:33 61 84
MossDef 18:51 19:29 103 143
pterodactyl 18:57 12:20 65 90
Encota 19:00 09:53 52 72
Zander 19:23 14:10 73 101
Dzhigit dzhigit71 19:25 18:56 97 134
Cookincats 19:25 15:54 81 112
uvofiz 19:28 10:46 55 76
martinede 19:45 14:21 72 100
David Bourne 19:53 24:02 120 166
gsriordan52 19:55 16:49 84 116
Andrew Whiffin 19:59 13:08 65 90
Solver52 20:41 20:02 96 133
Hamish.S 20:45 14:15 68 94
Zabadak3 Zabadak 21:07 16:41 79 109
James P Special_bitter 21:20 17:15 80 111
UisceTe 21:23 17:33 82 113
LuckOfLucien 21:28 12:40 59 81
Curarist Curarist 21:40 30:08 139 193
Nangle 21:57 17:23 79 109
Leegoods 22:00 17:21 78 108
John Arnold 22:12 12:55 58 80
1234 22:16 21:27 96 133
Jagsfan1971 22:31 14:53 66 91
Rod B 22:32 14:01 62 86
daniel.faith 22:57 24:54 108 150
Tudds 23:06 19:12 83 115
goblin 23:13 16:14 69 95
Waterloo 23:24 16:38 71 98
DianeRS 23:35 15:51 67 93
The Caffeine Kid 23:40 23:25 98 136
Brenk Brenk1 23:43 20:20 85 118
david_ch 24:13 23:13 95 131
Corymbia Corymbia 24:28 18:05 73 101
richardCV22 24:43 21:59 88 122
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 24:55 15:08 60 83
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:06 15:40 62 86
chris661554 25:25 17:51 70 97
Terrier 25:25 15:50 62 86
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:45 19:11 74 102
ChrisBrea 25:49 15:45 61 84
barracuda barracuda 26:08 14:34 55 76
Deezzaa Deezzaa 27:01 21:48 80 111
ulaca ulaca 27:22 18:11 66 91
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 27:25 23:00 83 115
Yatton50 27:40 16:00 57 79
chriswestontour 27:49 15:30 55 76
timbo 27:52 20:18 72 100
Mike Harper Mike Harper 28:39 22:55 79 109
nekabue 29:24 18:30 62 86
Gussie 31:05 21:34 69 95
infinitejest 31:06 25:51 83 115
gbestanley 31:52 30:35 95 131
rosselliot 32:25 26:05 80 111
koro kororareka 33:08 21:21 64 88
alistair.boere 33:15 17:57 53 73
SlumdogEngineer 33:43 16:38 49 68
Rookie 35:04 26:32 75 104
starstruck starstruck_au 35:37 33:05 92 127
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 36:03 17:04 47 65
tyrotim tyrotim 36:09 28:47 79 109
Rozz 36:29 45:18 124 172
boltonwanderer 37:04 21:00 56 77
Birdingbob 37:10 24:46 66 91
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 38:12 22:25 58 80
kapietro kapietro 39:11 34:00 86 119
Shushannah 39:53 34:20 86 119
rv_1 41:04 43:41 106 147
MartinP MartinP1 48:24 34:09 70 97
kjbr 54:49 32:24 59 81
The Real Steve Snackman 59:30 44:23 74 102

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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