Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28916

Date 14 May 2024
Number 28916
Day of week Tuesday
NITCH 55
Count of ref solvers 67
Ref solvers excluded with errors 13
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28916

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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 04:34 02:51 62 112
Diskus 05:58 05:14 87 158
Nathan Panning 06:00 03:53 64 116
lili 06:25 03:43 57 103
mauefw Mauefw 07:09 04:31 63 114
hilarym 07:10 05:05 70 127
Paul Gilbert 07:18 03:48 52 94
aphis99 aphis99 07:25 03:52 52 94
cmjhutton 07:45 04:29 57 103
richard 08:35 07:32 87 158
boulemiche 09:10 07:12 78 141
markdobell 10:08 06:27 63 114
chindit 10:09 05:39 55 100
Kinghedger 10:17 09:26 91 165
lickert 10:28 05:47 55 100
samgdavies 10:29 14:29 138 250
KenD51 10:41 11:05 103 187
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:41 06:29 60 109
Umpire 10:45 05:11 48 87
keriothe_ keriothe 10:50 06:01 55 100
tiggis 10:51 05:17 48 87
Heyesey 10:55 04:58 45 81
scrabbler 10:57 08:21 76 138
AlanS 11:20 05:52 51 92
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:24 05:24 47 85
Sheapey Sheapey 11:33 11:04 95 172
David Crooks dcrooks 11:46 06:35 55 100
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 11:48 07:20 62 112
chriswords 11:49 07:58 67 121
Golvellius 11:53 08:14 69 125
SimonAnthony 11:55 05:26 45 81
HoneyBadger 11:58 05:57 49 89
neilr neilr 12:05 07:21 60 109
Stavros Stavrolex 12:21 07:28 60 109
canismiser 12:36 05:58 47 85
ChuckB 12:40 06:53 54 98
JimboFS 12:41 07:24 58 105
d.middleton 12:42 07:24 58 105
edwards.robert1 12:50 11:48 91 165
Silva 12:56 07:24 57 103
John Walsh 12:56 08:15 63 114
tilbee 13:04 05:38 43 78
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 13:12 07:13 54 98
aphasic 13:15 07:39 57 103
March (JeffCollins) mch1 13:16 07:36 57 103
Groucho 13:40 08:37 63 114
Ben Staveley 13:54 10:02 72 130
Tibthorpe 14:04 07:25 52 94
franceslc11 14:05 09:43 68 123
chriss 14:16 06:02 42 76
LouWeed LouWeed 14:17 07:27 52 94
Peponi13 14:19 08:25 58 105
alexh 14:22 10:16 71 129
CentralLine CentralLine 14:30 06:44 46 83
Eddddddd 14:37 09:07 62 112
johninterred Johninterred 14:40 08:39 58 105
Semillon 14:41 10:09 69 125
Finzi 14:48 08:48 59 107
myles 14:49 09:20 62 112
BlackburnRover 14:49 13:22 90 163
njnclarke 14:56 09:24 62 112
Crucifer Crucifer 14:57 06:37 44 80
phthisis 15:22 06:24 41 74
Pootle Pootle 15:24 07:00 45 81
AndyR 15:26 10:44 69 125
gabrojak 15:36 08:32 54 98
LJCN 15:42 09:58 63 114
Squallaby 15:51 07:08 45 81
RobR RobR 15:52 12:07 76 138
JezWoolfrey 15:53 08:09 51 92
grape 15:53 09:13 58 105
Achernar 15:55 11:11 70 127
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 15:55 06:52 43 78
tapbarker 15:56 11:04 69 125
zinzan 16:02 08:03 50 90
Looch 16:05 08:35 53 96
MK76 16:17 08:22 51 92
andrewlake 16:37 07:15 43 78
ajcauk1 16:57 10:11 60 109
ilan 17:01 13:05 76 138
Crossiant 17:02 09:01 52 94
jimwetzler 17:04 11:38 68 123
Craven 17:33 09:52 56 101
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:34 08:47 50 90
jeremy.kenyon 17:38 12:42 72 130
Encota 17:47 08:27 47 85
DunPangolin 17:55 12:00 66 120
PGooden 17:56 09:49 54 98
benedick 18:07 04:36 25 45
cmcnsmith 18:10 12:18 67 121
GMcD 18:23 10:41 58 105
tds 18:31 11:03 59 107
DanSolo 18:40 10:34 56 101
pterodactyl 19:00 12:09 63 114
hopkinb hopkinb 19:00 18:08 95 172
Swanny 19:01 12:15 64 116
Colin2355 19:01 10:00 52 94
pc8 19:21 12:48 66 120
LuckOfLucien 19:30 10:21 53 96
Solver52 19:32 09:59 51 92
Cookincats 19:32 10:57 56 101
gsriordan52 19:51 10:16 51 92
Dvynys dvynys 20:00 12:26 62 112
Riche Riche 20:08 09:40 48 87
uvofiz 20:15 15:12 75 136
chriswestontour 20:21 15:23 75 136
Jeremy Weissmann plusjeremy 20:27 09:49 48 87
James P Special_bitter 20:29 08:12 40 72
Hamish.S 20:32 09:13 44 80
Curarist Curarist 20:34 13:24 65 118
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:35 11:56 57 103
DianeRS 20:40 10:36 51 92
Nangle 21:09 17:59 85 154
endafk 21:20 14:37 68 123
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 21:21 09:24 44 80
daniel.faith 21:24 10:41 49 89
Waterloo 21:26 14:13 66 120
John Arnold 21:41 18:04 83 150
george.garlick 21:58 13:13 60 109
The Caffeine Kid 22:07 13:36 61 110
goblin 22:33 14:18 63 114
cognominative 22:37 09:55 43 78
jimancliffe 22:44 14:39 64 116
david_ch 22:48 11:30 50 90
crosswordian 22:50 12:22 54 98
Tudds 23:03 09:53 42 76
richardCV22 23:06 12:48 55 100
stainl665 23:22 15:43 67 121
klamery4 23:43 10:48 45 81
1234 23:44 15:03 63 114
chris661554 24:21 12:33 51 92
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:24 13:55 57 103
Crippens1 24:40 16:29 66 120
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 25:00 16:14 64 116
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:29 13:05 51 92
hugapug 25:40 14:53 57 103
barracuda barracuda 25:52 17:23 67 121
Fidelio 26:15 11:31 43 78
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 26:16 14:50 56 101
JoeyC 26:19 13:19 50 90
ulaca ulaca 26:58 20:40 76 138
pvoller 26:59 20:50 77 140
Yatton50 27:01 14:51 54 98
Dr_Bob 27:21 20:14 73 132
Mike Harper Mike Harper 27:40 12:39 45 81
symbenall2 28:42 15:50 55 100
Rowlie26 28:50 11:48 40 72
Winchelt 28:54 24:03 83 150
vinyl12345 vinyl1 31:47 16:00 50 90
gbestanley 32:15 15:52 49 89
koro kororareka 32:22 18:59 58 105
Grumpole Grumpole 32:30 14:44 45 81
Maggot 32:32 31:29 96 174
rosselliot 33:07 15:57 48 87
BertieVII 33:35 13:46 40 72
SK42 34:34 12:21 35 63
simjt simjt 34:41 45:08 130 236
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 34:46 21:58 63 114
Lloyd 35:55 15:48 43 78
tyrotim tyrotim 36:21 30:41 84 152
starstruck starstruck_au 36:22 18:34 51 92
boltonwanderer 36:40 26:00 70 127
Pleasuredome Pleasuredome8 37:04 18:22 49 89
CoxBurglar coxburglar 37:08 24:47 66 120
HanS 37:12 22:22 60 109
Shushannah 37:56 21:40 57 103
joss henry 38:15 14:51 38 69
kapietro kapietro 38:20 19:25 50 90
rv_1 39:09 25:44 65 118
jackk.larg 39:25 19:09 48 87
Dalai Farmer 39:32 27:45 70 127
clivejharlow 44:46 26:49 59 107
Steve Wood 49:17 21:17 43 78
MartinP MartinP1 51:45 22:57 44 80
kjbr 52:05 26:21 50 90
profsjpayne 52:15 12:45 24 43
The Real Steve Snackman 52:44 32:18 61 110

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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