Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28802

Date 02 January 2024
Number 28802
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 64
Count of ref solvers 58
Ref solvers excluded with errors 14
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28802

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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 04:44 03:18 69 107
Nathan Panning 06:05 03:28 56 87
verlaine Verlaine 06:58 05:52 84 131
hilarym 07:06 05:09 72 112
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 04:08 54 84
mauefw Mauefw 07:31 03:57 52 81
cmjhutton 08:24 03:47 45 70
richard 08:50 05:50 66 103
asaldanha 09:07 04:54 53 82
boulemiche 09:19 07:42 82 128
chindit 09:44 08:46 90 140
glheard glh 09:59 10:58 109 170
Kinghedger 10:38 07:21 69 107
lickert 10:43 07:13 67 104
markdobell 10:47 06:12 57 89
patrickcates 10:49 07:33 69 107
keriothe_ keriothe 11:09 08:02 72 112
Deane Short Deane Short 11:10 05:53 52 81
miked1961 11:31 06:38 57 89
andy 11:33 08:26 73 114
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:57 05:33 46 71
ChuckB 12:07 08:54 73 114
Sheapey Sheapey 12:11 08:24 68 106
chriswords 12:13 08:26 69 107
fuzz 12:16 13:15 108 168
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:29 06:11 49 76
fshephe 12:32 11:24 90 140
d.middleton 12:35 09:27 75 117
March (JeffCollins) mch1 12:51 10:02 78 121
neilr neilr 12:52 09:54 76 118
John Walsh 13:00 11:51 91 142
Stavros Stavrolex 13:02 06:43 51 79
Golvellius 13:02 09:57 76 118
KenD51 13:07 14:00 106 165
HoneyBadger 13:23 10:14 76 118
Ben Staveley 13:25 09:53 73 114
Silva 13:27 07:53 58 90
aphasic 13:44 09:07 66 103
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:55 10:11 73 114
Henry White 13:58 07:40 54 84
Groucho 14:08 11:04 78 121
alexh 14:09 11:56 84 131
CentralLine CentralLine 14:15 07:26 52 81
Tibthorpe 14:16 09:13 64 100
Penfold_61 Penfold 14:26 09:26 65 101
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 14:41 10:44 73 114
LouWeed LouWeed 14:44 12:05 82 128
franceslc11 14:47 10:21 70 109
chriss 14:57 06:53 46 71
john.brassey 15:03 16:43 111 173
Semillon 15:04 08:28 56 87
Finzi 15:10 11:44 77 120
MK76 15:27 10:48 69 107
john.marshall 15:27 10:08 65 101
myles 15:31 12:10 78 121
johninterred Johninterred 15:33 14:45 94 146
AndyR 15:34 11:43 75 117
phthisis 15:34 09:28 60 93
Eddddddd 15:41 07:17 46 71
Achernar 15:48 17:59 113 176
Pootle Pootle 15:58 08:36 53 82
robinh 16:04 12:41 78 121
gabrojak 16:09 11:19 70 109
howardwilde1 16:11 08:23 51 79
BlackburnRover 16:27 11:28 69 107
LJCN 16:34 09:05 54 84
tapbarker 16:36 09:32 57 89
Looch 16:50 13:22 79 123
PGooden 16:58 10:51 63 98
ajcauk1 17:07 11:42 68 106
Craven 17:28 14:47 84 131
ilan 17:32 12:53 73 114
rupes 17:50 09:56 55 85
Crossiant 18:01 12:37 70 109
KET 18:14 10:35 58 90
DunPangolin 18:23 13:13 71 110
cmcnsmith 18:27 14:46 80 125
Foozler 18:32 11:56 64 100
tds 18:36 10:09 54 84
pterodactyl 18:57 10:16 54 84
Encota 19:00 11:52 62 96
earlylight 19:20 11:58 61 95
doublecross anguswalker 19:24 08:56 46 71
Dzhigit dzhigit71 19:25 07:50 40 62
uvofiz 19:28 14:16 73 114
Gallion Fish 19:30 12:36 64 100
squark 19:31 17:21 88 137
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 19:33 15:19 78 121
pc8 20:16 09:40 47 73
Colin2355 20:19 18:24 90 140
Solver52 20:41 17:12 83 129
Hamish.S 20:45 15:39 75 117
Zabadak3 Zabadak 21:07 14:24 68 106
James P Special_bitter 21:20 09:32 44 68
UisceTe 21:23 19:46 92 143
hopkinb hopkinb 21:24 13:29 63 98
LuckOfLucien 21:28 16:35 77 120
Curarist Curarist 21:40 13:40 63 98
dec 21:46 14:22 66 103
Nangle 21:57 12:59 59 92
Leegoods 22:00 16:54 76 118
Riche Riche 22:05 16:04 72 112
John Arnold 22:12 14:40 66 103
1234 22:16 15:14 68 106
daniel.faith 22:57 13:11 57 89
Tudds 23:06 14:39 63 98
goblin 23:13 20:21 87 135
Waterloo 23:24 13:32 57 89
joekobi 23:33 35:00 148 231
Brenk Brenk1 23:43 08:50 37 57
david_ch 24:13 14:50 61 95
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 24:55 18:49 75 117
chris661554 25:25 09:42 38 59
Terrier 25:25 12:08 47 73
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:45 18:12 70 109
medodd 25:59 22:05 84 131
barracuda barracuda 26:08 15:19 58 90
Crippens1 26:49 17:20 64 100
Deezzaa Deezzaa 27:01 12:31 46 71
ulaca ulaca 27:22 16:33 60 93
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 27:25 16:00 58 90
chriswestontour 27:49 14:53 53 82
Mike Harper Mike Harper 28:39 18:14 63 98
Dr_Bob 29:41 25:05 84 131
Gussie 31:05 12:07 38 59
Lloyd 31:15 21:21 68 106
symbenall2 32:20 25:08 77 120
rosselliot 32:25 29:18 90 140
koro kororareka 33:08 18:45 56 87
Grumpole Grumpole 33:26 19:03 56 87
SlumdogEngineer 33:43 14:47 43 67
Maggot 34:20 29:40 86 134
Rookie 35:04 19:12 54 84
starstruck starstruck_au 35:37 24:44 69 107
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 36:03 14:02 38 59
tyrotim tyrotim 36:09 24:02 66 103
boltonwanderer 37:04 24:00 64 100
Birdingbob 37:10 23:19 62 96
HanS 37:36 37:37 100 156
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 38:12 16:47 43 67
Michael S 38:26 15:24 40 62
kapietro kapietro 39:11 39:40 101 157
Shushannah 39:53 25:38 64 100
maryht 40:04 31:19 78 121
rv_1 41:04 21:58 53 82
clivejharlow 42:42 33:00 77 120
Dalai Farmer 46:23 23:51 51 79
CoxBurglar coxburglar 46:54 24:06 51 79
Steve Wood 49:57 37:09 74 115
profsjpayne 52:19 09:57 19 29
The Real Steve Snackman 59:30 42:54 72 112

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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