Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28816

Date 18 January 2024
Number 28816
Day of week Thursday
NITCH 115
Count of ref solvers 63
Ref solvers excluded with errors 7
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28816

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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 05:56 97 84
Diskus 06:29 09:15 142 123
mistigris 06:44 07:51 116 100
verlaine Verlaine 06:58 09:33 137 119
aphis99 aphis99 07:31 07:56 105 91
mauefw Mauefw 07:31 07:37 101 87
Paul Gilbert 07:39 09:29 123 106
cmjhutton 08:24 10:13 121 105
richard 08:50 09:56 112 97
asaldanha 09:07 11:01 120 104
chindit 09:44 18:17 187 162
glheard glh 09:59 15:14 152 132
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:17 15:02 146 126
Kinghedger 10:38 17:10 161 140
lickert 10:43 15:07 141 122
markdobell 10:47 10:43 99 86
AlanS 10:49 16:41 154 133
keriothe_ keriothe 11:09 15:25 138 120
tiggis 11:24 20:53 183 159
miked1961 11:31 12:37 109 94
andy 11:33 15:34 134 116
xyster 11:49 10:48 91 79
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:57 19:09 160 139
Sheapey Sheapey 12:11 11:59 98 85
David Crooks dcrooks 12:15 15:42 128 111
fuzz 12:16 10:16 83 72
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:29 18:56 151 131
fshephe 12:32 15:12 121 105
canismiser 12:44 20:26 160 139
tilbee 12:48 17:22 135 117
JimboFS 12:48 13:02 101 87
March (JeffCollins) mch1 12:51 19:15 149 129
neilr neilr 12:52 14:44 114 99
KenD51 13:07 17:57 136 118
Ben Staveley 13:25 16:56 126 109
edwards.robert1 13:40 13:01 95 82
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:55 10:57 78 67
Groucho 14:08 20:20 143 124
alexh 14:09 13:20 94 81
Derek Harrison 14:13 17:27 122 106
CentralLine CentralLine 14:15 13:54 97 84
Umpire 14:19 12:42 88 76
Penfold_61 Penfold 14:26 20:32 142 123
franceslc11 14:47 18:57 128 111
john.brassey 15:03 20:24 135 117
Semillon 15:04 16:15 107 93
Finzi 15:10 20:48 137 119
MK76 15:27 15:41 101 87
john.marshall 15:27 25:52 167 145
johninterred Johninterred 15:33 18:02 115 100
phthisis 15:34 19:38 126 109
SimonAnthony 15:34 13:47 88 76
Eddddddd 15:41 13:01 82 71
Achernar 15:48 19:57 126 109
Pootle Pootle 15:58 17:27 109 94
robinh 16:04 17:45 110 95
Crucifer Crucifer 16:09 16:03 99 86
howardwilde1 16:11 16:08 99 86
BlackburnRover 16:27 17:11 104 90
Dr Dolittle 16:33 05:30 33 28
LJCN 16:34 19:15 116 100
tapbarker 16:36 12:08 73 63
johnr118 16:48 04:42 27 23
Looch 16:50 18:03 107 93
Squallaby 16:51 30:32 181 157
PGooden 16:58 21:38 127 110
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:19 17:38 101 87
Craven 17:28 21:15 121 105
Crossiant 18:01 16:40 92 80
DunPangolin 18:23 21:51 118 102
GMcD 18:47 27:31 146 126
MossDef 18:51 23:08 122 106
Jeremy S 18:53 28:12 149 129
pterodactyl 18:57 22:13 117 101
Encota 19:00 29:57 157 136
Dzhigit dzhigit71 19:25 21:31 110 95
uvofiz 19:28 21:45 111 96
squark 19:31 20:07 103 89
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 19:33 29:20 150 130
gsriordan52 19:55 32:19 162 140
pc8 20:16 20:33 101 87
Colin2355 20:19 26:19 129 112
Solver52 20:41 20:35 99 86
Hamish.S 20:45 33:43 162 140
Dvynys dvynys 21:00 27:14 129 112
Zabadak3 Zabadak 21:07 23:31 111 96
James P Special_bitter 21:20 23:42 111 96
LuckOfLucien 21:28 27:31 128 111
DanSolo 21:46 26:57 123 106
george.garlick 21:55 55:00 250 217
Nangle 21:57 24:12 110 95
Leegoods 22:00 28:44 130 113
crosswordian 22:03 21:23 96 83
Riche Riche 22:05 26:53 121 105
Jagsfan1971 22:31 28:13 125 108
Rod B 22:32 21:29 95 82
daniel.faith 22:57 17:37 76 66
Tudds 23:06 46:19 200 173
The Caffeine Kid 23:40 26:21 111 96
McBeak McBeak 23:55 26:50 112 97
Corymbia Corymbia 24:28 19:17 78 67
richardCV22 24:43 43:21 175 152
rjcassidy rjcassidy 25:06 27:24 109 94
jeremy.kenyon 25:24 14:00 55 47
chris661554 25:25 36:40 144 125
stainl665 25:28 29:18 115 100
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:45 48:56 190 165
hugapug 26:07 21:28 82 71
barracuda barracuda 26:08 49:28 189 164
DamienKnapma 26:20 25:18 96 83
Fidelio 26:22 20:43 78 67
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 27:25 35:00 127 110
Yatton50 27:40 44:01 159 138
Mike Harper Mike Harper 28:39 42:02 146 126
phcbarnes 29:17 20:20 69 60
pvoller 29:19 33:42 114 99
nekabue 29:24 34:17 116 100
infinitejest 31:06 40:17 129 112
Lloyd 31:15 75:17 240 208
gbestanley 31:52 31:59 100 86
rosselliot 32:25 38:22 118 102
Manveru 32:27 29:10 89 77
koro kororareka 33:08 54:36 164 142
alistair.boere 33:15 17:58 54 46
SlumdogEngineer 33:43 44:11 131 113
BertieVII 34:11 61:01 178 154
starstruck starstruck_au 35:37 46:01 129 112
bruce.johnston22 35:57 40:17 112 97
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 36:03 45:57 127 110
boltonwanderer 37:04 70:00 188 163
Birdingbob 37:10 48:02 129 112
HanS 37:36 53:05 141 122
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 38:12 47:56 125 108
Cryptique 38:16 33:19 87 75
Shushannah 39:53 51:59 130 113
Mudge Mudge 40:41 36:22 89 77
rv_1 41:04 37:56 92 80
clivejharlow 42:42 99:52 233 202
empty 43:52 64:14 146 126
CoxBurglar coxburglar 46:54 26:11 55 47
MartinP MartinP1 48:24 76:33 158 137
Steve Wood 49:57 45:23 90 78
paulmcl paulmcl 51:48 43:15 83 72
The Real Steve Snackman 59:30 54:55 92 80

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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