Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28831

Date 05 February 2024
Number 28831
Day of week Monday
NITCH 68
Count of ref solvers 59
Ref solvers excluded with errors 6
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28831

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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 04:37 03:13 69 101
Nathan Panning 06:02 06:07 101 148
Diskus 06:30 05:07 78 114
lili 06:39 04:08 62 91
mistigris 06:49 03:57 57 83
verlaine Verlaine 06:56 05:20 76 111
hilarym 07:04 05:41 80 117
aphis99 aphis99 07:21 06:35 89 130
Paul Gilbert 07:41 02:38 34 50
cmjhutton 08:23 06:02 71 104
richard 08:51 08:48 99 145
asaldanha 09:08 05:57 65 95
boulemiche 09:15 10:12 110 161
glheard glh 09:54 05:40 57 83
chindit 09:57 06:16 62 91
markdobell 10:24 07:54 75 110
Kinghedger 10:26 08:52 84 123
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:29 07:43 73 107
patrickcates 10:35 09:28 89 130
scrabbler 10:53 09:02 83 122
Deane Short Deane Short 11:02 08:34 77 113
Heyesey 11:08 06:37 59 86
miked1961 11:23 09:01 79 116
andy 11:43 08:00 68 100
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:54 08:42 73 107
ChuckB 11:54 10:50 91 133
chriswords 12:10 08:06 66 97
Golvellius 12:12 06:50 56 82
d.middleton 12:12 11:45 96 141
David Crooks dcrooks 12:14 08:07 66 97
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 12:24 08:52 71 104
fshephe 12:32 11:04 88 129
canismiser 12:38 11:00 87 127
JimboFS 12:43 10:23 81 119
Legbiter 12:55 12:16 94 138
Stavros Stavrolex 12:55 10:26 80 117
John Walsh 12:55 12:27 96 141
March (JeffCollins) mch1 13:00 08:53 68 100
HoneyBadger 13:02 10:58 84 123
KenD51 13:04 07:49 59 86
Umpire 13:11 07:05 53 77
Silva 13:12 09:57 75 110
aphasic 13:18 10:06 75 110
tilbee 13:19 09:04 68 100
Paul Bacon 13:35 10:46 79 116
Ben Staveley 13:40 14:14 104 152
edwards.robert1 13:40 12:58 94 138
alexh 13:44 09:45 70 102
Henry White 13:58 11:10 79 116
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:58 09:02 64 94
Groucho 14:04 09:45 69 101
Tibthorpe 14:06 11:38 82 120
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 14:07 08:42 61 89
CentralLine CentralLine 14:19 09:48 68 100
Penfold_61 Penfold 14:22 10:00 69 101
LouWeed LouWeed 14:33 09:40 66 97
chriss 14:38 10:39 72 105
SimonAnthony 14:44 05:14 35 51
JezWoolfrey 14:50 11:45 79 116
Semillon 14:53 08:59 60 88
john.brassey 15:06 15:01 99 145
Finzi 15:10 11:11 73 107
Peponi13 15:11 16:16 107 157
GeorgeTz 15:16 13:19 87 127
Eddddddd 15:19 11:45 76 111
AndyR 15:26 13:15 85 125
howardwilde1 15:26 08:50 57 83
myles 15:27 13:30 87 127
njnclarke 15:31 13:13 85 125
BlackburnRover 15:33 14:39 94 138
grape 15:38 14:09 90 132
phthisis 15:39 12:56 82 120
Crucifer Crucifer 15:42 07:43 49 72
Pootle Pootle 15:47 07:32 47 69
Achernar 15:56 13:55 87 127
MK76 15:58 13:12 82 120
gabrojak 15:59 12:05 75 110
robinh 16:07 14:01 86 126
john.marshall 16:11 09:35 59 86
LJCN 16:24 11:27 69 101
jimwetzler 16:28 12:32 76 111
Looch 16:33 09:30 57 83
RobR RobR 16:40 13:35 81 119
tapbarker 16:42 10:45 64 94
ajcauk1 16:54 12:34 74 108
andrewlake 17:06 10:25 60 88
daulbs 17:10 11:09 64 94
Squallaby 17:16 09:13 53 77
Blackbeard 18:00 11:34 64 94
DunPangolin 18:08 13:12 72 105
cmcnsmith 18:08 20:15 111 163
Viscomte 18:32 14:53 80 117
GMcD 18:42 18:04 96 141
pterodactyl 18:51 15:50 83 122
Jeremy S 18:54 15:14 80 117
Dzhigit dzhigit71 19:13 17:10 89 130
Zander 19:57 09:34 47 69
pc8 20:02 10:22 51 75
gsriordan52 20:04 16:14 80 117
jimancliffe 20:09 17:52 88 129
Colin2355 20:34 13:30 65 95
Solver52 20:37 17:13 83 122
UisceTe 20:37 14:49 71 104
LuckOfLucien 20:41 16:16 78 114
cognominative 20:42 09:14 44 64
Hamish.S 20:47 16:50 80 117
npweston 20:59 19:05 90 132
Zabadak3 Zabadak 21:20 14:00 65 95
DanSolo 21:23 11:43 54 79
Nangle 21:24 09:43 45 66
Pxspxs 21:26 14:38 68 100
Riche Riche 21:31 13:20 61 89
dec 21:31 12:37 58 85
John Arnold 21:32 20:23 94 138
Curarist Curarist 21:46 13:14 60 88
1234 22:29 19:31 86 126
Waterloo 22:31 14:31 64 94
suethepotterer 22:34 21:42 96 141
daniel.faith 22:34 14:24 63 92
george.garlick 22:35 14:26 63 92
Jagsfan1971 22:42 13:00 57 83
goblin 22:47 21:32 94 138
The Caffeine Kid 22:48 18:24 80 117
Edprof 22:59 23:04 100 147
Tudds 23:09 14:53 64 94
hugh schofield Leskoffer 23:27 19:58 85 125
david_ch 23:44 18:45 79 116
McBeak McBeak 23:45 14:04 59 86
chriswestontour 23:47 14:23 60 88
Corymbia Corymbia 24:03 11:44 48 70
klamery4 24:07 19:51 82 120
Brenk Brenk1 24:12 18:30 76 111
stainl665 24:44 15:22 62 91
richardCV22 24:47 12:42 51 75
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:51 22:00 88 129
chris661554 24:58 13:41 54 79
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 25:15 24:15 96 141
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:28 28:11 110 161
Beagler 25:57 17:25 67 98
crucihacker 26:03 21:46 83 122
Deezzaa Deezzaa 26:51 22:35 84 123
ulaca ulaca 26:59 18:12 67 98
brian.mcnamara 27:05 17:23 64 94
BoredAccountant 27:16 18:38 68 100
Yatton50 27:28 20:57 76 111
Mike Harper Mike Harper 28:39 14:58 52 76
nekabue 29:00 18:52 65 95
JoeyC 29:05 15:44 54 79
phcbarnes 29:37 26:41 90 132
JMbrow29 29:51 21:13 71 104
infinitejest 30:56 20:20 65 95
Lloyd 31:29 25:20 80 117
SlumdogEngineer 31:42 21:19 67 98
gbestanley 31:44 34:13 107 157
rosselliot 32:05 30:41 95 139
symbenall2 32:21 27:48 85 125
alistair.boere 32:50 45:03 137 201
koro kororareka 32:54 24:19 73 107
Manveru 33:06 22:12 67 98
Grumpole Grumpole 33:27 18:04 54 79
Rookie 34:09 36:03 105 154
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 35:17 24:42 70 102
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 37:18 23:54 64 94
Mudge Mudge 37:39 18:57 50 73
HanS 38:06 43:45 114 167
kapietro kapietro 38:52 32:11 82 120
hydrochoos hydrochoos 40:03 33:33 83 122
maryht 40:06 40:01 99 145
CoxBurglar coxburglar 41:29 43:08 103 151
NAPASAI napasai 42:51 11:55 27 39
empty 44:09 30:27 68 100
MartinP MartinP1 48:51 36:34 74 108
The Real Steve Snackman 54:47 45:05 82 120

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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