Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28919

Date 17 May 2024
Number 28919
Day of week Friday
NITCH 113
Count of ref solvers 74
Ref solvers excluded with errors 5
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28919

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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 07:14 158 139
Diskus 05:58 06:30 108 95
Nathan Panning 06:00 06:05 101 89
lili 06:25 04:51 75 66
mistigris 06:36 07:21 111 98
Magoo 06:39 06:11 92 81
Paul Gilbert 07:18 09:07 124 109
aphis99 aphis99 07:25 09:07 122 107
cmjhutton 07:45 07:09 92 81
Dr Dolittle 08:13 40:44 495 438
asaldanha 09:17 09:11 98 86
glheard glh 09:24 09:45 103 91
markdobell 10:08 12:19 121 107
chindit 10:09 17:51 175 154
Kinghedger 10:17 14:39 142 125
lickert 10:28 14:52 142 125
samgdavies 10:29 08:42 82 72
Deane Short Deane Short 10:40 13:10 123 108
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:41 12:25 116 102
Umpire 10:45 09:39 89 78
keriothe_ keriothe 10:50 15:53 146 129
Heyesey 10:55 08:47 80 70
scrabbler 10:57 16:23 149 131
AlanS 11:20 10:33 93 82
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:24 12:39 110 97
Sheapey Sheapey 11:33 15:52 137 121
David Crooks dcrooks 11:46 13:04 111 98
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 11:48 19:50 168 148
chriswords 11:49 13:32 114 100
Golvellius 11:53 14:37 123 108
HoneyBadger 11:58 12:17 102 90
fuzz 11:59 10:11 84 74
Stavros Stavrolex 12:21 12:30 101 89
Henry White 12:27 16:48 134 118
JimboFS 12:41 15:47 124 109
edwards.robert1 12:50 14:05 109 96
Silva 12:56 21:06 163 144
tilbee 13:04 16:04 122 107
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 13:12 22:20 169 149
aphasic 13:15 16:36 125 110
March (JeffCollins) mch1 13:16 17:32 132 116
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:25 11:11 83 73
Ed freshpot Ed Freshpot 13:33 16:29 121 107
Groucho 13:40 23:54 174 153
Penfold_61 Penfold 13:44 10:39 77 68
Secondbass 13:48 14:23 104 92
Tibthorpe 14:04 23:27 166 146
franceslc11 14:05 18:36 132 116
LouWeed LouWeed 14:17 13:51 96 84
Peponi13 14:19 16:22 114 100
alexh 14:22 15:12 105 92
CentralLine CentralLine 14:30 16:08 111 98
johninterred Johninterred 14:40 20:07 137 121
Semillon 14:41 18:56 128 113
Finzi 14:48 15:00 101 89
phthisis 15:22 14:02 91 80
Pootle Pootle 15:24 15:26 100 88
AndyR 15:26 20:38 133 117
LJCN 15:42 17:47 113 100
Squallaby 15:51 20:53 131 115
RobR RobR 15:52 19:20 121 107
JezWoolfrey 15:53 18:02 113 100
tapbarker 15:56 17:19 108 95
Looch 16:05 27:13 169 149
andrewlake 16:37 21:39 130 115
ajcauk1 16:57 24:29 144 127
ilan 17:01 21:53 128 113
MrChumley MrChumley 17:11 19:06 111 98
TB22 17:30 21:29 122 107
Craven 17:33 20:17 115 101
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:34 29:37 168 148
Encota 17:47 19:25 109 96
PGooden 17:56 20:33 114 100
GMcD 18:23 19:09 104 92
Gallion Fish 18:24 28:13 153 135
Dzhigit dzhigit71 18:48 25:11 133 117
pterodactyl 19:00 16:28 86 76
hopkinb hopkinb 19:00 20:39 108 95
Colin2355 19:01 24:45 130 115
squark 19:19 24:13 125 110
pc8 19:21 17:48 91 80
Zander 19:29 18:06 92 81
LuckOfLucien 19:30 20:42 106 93
Solver52 19:32 24:01 122 107
gsriordan52 19:51 21:26 107 94
kate.daly305 20:01 34:43 173 153
Riche Riche 20:08 19:13 95 84
uvofiz 20:15 18:43 92 81
David Bourne 20:25 25:36 125 110
Jagsfan1971 20:27 23:51 116 102
James P Special_bitter 20:29 20:33 100 88
Hamish.S 20:32 25:10 122 107
Curarist Curarist 20:34 15:24 74 65
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:35 13:02 63 55
M Bennett 21:00 24:17 115 101
Nangle 21:09 23:16 110 97
Kevin Gregg Kevin Gregg 21:21 30:54 144 127
daniel.faith 21:24 22:37 105 92
Waterloo 21:26 24:27 114 100
Corymbia Corymbia 21:35 29:25 136 120
george.garlick 21:58 29:50 135 119
The Caffeine Kid 22:07 29:45 134 118
goblin 22:33 25:43 114 100
jimancliffe 22:44 42:20 186 164
Brenk Brenk1 22:54 28:14 123 108
Tudds 23:03 19:24 84 74
stainl665 23:22 29:39 126 111
joe.mcgrane 23:29 38:02 161 142
1234 23:44 25:10 106 93
chris661554 24:21 26:55 110 97
rjcassidy rjcassidy 24:24 29:22 120 106
Crippens1 24:40 33:11 134 118
MichelinPoitiers MichelinPoitiers 25:00 31:56 127 112
tony the butcher montana 25:20 32:00 126 111
Mkgnao Mkgnao 25:29 28:31 111 98
hugapug 25:40 26:40 103 91
barracuda barracuda 25:52 46:27 179 158
Gussie 25:59 28:08 108 95
Fidelio 26:15 30:15 115 101
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 26:16 35:24 134 118
JoeyC 26:19 46:54 178 157
Deezzaa Deezzaa 26:30 23:20 88 77
ulaca ulaca 26:58 36:51 136 120
Yatton50 27:01 29:17 108 95
infinitejest 27:01 42:45 158 139
Mike Harper Mike Harper 27:40 42:43 154 136
RogerC 28:42 33:36 117 103
NAPASAI napasai 28:53 35:31 122 107
Mudge Mudge 29:57 26:49 89 78
Manveru 30:46 29:39 96 84
vinyl12345 vinyl1 31:47 41:00 128 113
gbestanley 32:15 33:26 103 91
koro kororareka 32:22 36:28 112 99
Grumpole Grumpole 32:30 25:49 79 69
alistair.boere 33:08 33:03 99 87
BertieVII 33:35 43:33 129 114
simjt simjt 34:41 32:59 95 84
WordPlodder BletchleyReject 34:46 36:19 104 92
j.stanton734 34:49 40:35 116 102
Lloyd 35:55 32:10 89 78
starstruck starstruck_au 36:22 28:50 79 69
boltonwanderer 36:40 54:00 147 130
CoxBurglar coxburglar 37:08 27:40 74 65
HanS 37:12 57:27 154 136
Shushannah 37:56 32:47 86 76
rv_1 39:09 45:19 115 101
hydrochoos hydrochoos 40:15 55:00 136 120
empty 45:47 48:18 105 92
Steve Wood 49:17 53:17 108 95
MartinP MartinP1 51:45 56:43 109 96
kjbr 52:05 74:13 142 125
profsjpayne 52:15 61:59 118 104
The Real Steve Snackman 52:44 46:47 88 77

A guide to the solver status

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 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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