Crossword SNITCH

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

Times Cryptic Crossword 28925

Date 24 May 2024
Number 28925
Day of week Friday
NITCH 147
Count of ref solvers 69
Ref solvers excluded with errors 17
Link to crossword View Crossword*
Times for the Times Link 28925

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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 07:56 173 117
Diskus 05:58 09:08 153 104
Nathan Panning 06:00 05:49 96 65
lili 06:25 07:45 120 81
mistigris 06:36 12:38 191 129
Paul Gilbert 07:18 13:20 182 123
Contrarian3 08:29 12:51 151 102
richard 08:35 15:17 178 121
asaldanha 09:17 17:48 191 129
markdobell 10:08 15:46 155 105
chindit 10:09 12:31 123 83
Kinghedger 10:17 18:37 181 123
philjordan1147 BUSMAN 10:41 18:32 173 117
Umpire 10:45 12:35 117 79
keriothe_ keriothe 10:50 21:53 202 137
miked1961 10:58 23:09 211 143
Topical Tim Topical Tim 11:24 16:59 148 100
Sheapey Sheapey 11:33 24:58 216 146
andy 11:36 23:55 206 140
Tom Stubbs Tom Stubbs 11:48 18:44 158 107
Golvellius 11:53 15:38 131 89
HoneyBadger 11:58 18:32 154 104
fshephe 12:04 17:17 143 97
Stavros Stavrolex 12:21 23:47 192 130
JimboFS 12:41 13:56 109 74
edwards.robert1 12:50 13:00 101 68
Silva 12:56 17:22 134 91
tilbee 13:04 20:53 159 108
7dPenguin (KenG) 7dPenguin 13:12 21:34 163 110
March (JeffCollins) mch1 13:16 20:55 157 106
MikeOsborne mikeosborne 13:25 18:33 138 93
Penfold_61 Penfold 13:44 19:40 143 97
Secondbass 13:48 18:16 132 89
Ben Staveley 13:54 26:11 188 127
Derek Harrison 14:00 07:50 55 37
christopherclark4945 14:03 16:09 114 77
Tibthorpe 14:04 21:20 151 102
franceslc11 14:05 22:46 161 109
LouWeed LouWeed 14:17 18:14 127 86
CentralLine CentralLine 14:30 25:48 177 120
Semillon 14:41 23:06 157 106
Finzi 14:48 19:20 130 88
njnclarke 14:56 18:59 127 86
phthisis 15:22 21:49 141 95
LJCN 15:42 24:43 157 106
robinh 15:46 26:24 167 113
Squallaby 15:51 21:18 134 91
RobR RobR 15:52 28:30 179 121
JezWoolfrey 15:53 23:20 146 99
pitcaithlie Pitcaithlie 15:55 40:30 254 172
tapbarker 15:56 25:16 158 107
john.marshall 15:59 21:10 132 89
Looch 16:05 19:53 123 83
andrewlake 16:37 25:35 153 104
ilan 17:01 22:01 129 87
Crossiant 17:02 25:42 150 102
Craven 17:33 21:16 121 82
Galspray (Rabbitoh) galspray 17:34 25:36 145 98
Encota 17:47 23:31 132 89
DunPangolin 17:55 23:07 129 87
PGooden 17:56 21:15 118 80
benedick 18:07 05:22 29 19
GMcD 18:23 30:31 166 112
DanSolo 18:40 18:47 100 68
julian_w 18:44 29:56 159 108
pterodactyl 19:00 23:43 124 84
hopkinb hopkinb 19:00 38:30 202 137
Grestyman Grestyman 19:08 35:17 184 125
squark 19:19 33:25 172 117
pc8 19:21 31:23 162 110
Zander 19:29 26:29 135 91
Solver52 19:32 23:41 121 82
gsriordan52 19:51 32:03 161 109
hugh schofield Leskoffer 20:10 52:00 257 174
Pxspxs 20:13 19:46 97 65
uvofiz 20:15 25:39 126 85
James P Special_bitter 20:29 36:34 178 121
Curarist Curarist 20:34 21:16 103 70
Zabadak3 Zabadak 20:35 28:55 140 95
Mike C 20:40 29:24 142 96
Nangle 21:09 32:32 153 104
endafk 21:20 24:54 116 78
daniel.faith 21:24 28:00 130 88
Rod B 21:38 25:40 118 80
george.garlick 21:58 34:37 157 106
goblin 22:33 39:45 176 119
Tudds 23:03 33:09 143 97
richardCV22 23:06 38:38 167 113
cyrillic 23:24 44:46 191 129
chris661554 24:21 43:33 178 121
JohnDun (johndun) john_dun 25:01 27:39 110 74
crucihacker 25:28 48:50 191 129
hugapug 25:40 49:35 193 131
barracuda barracuda 25:52 43:39 168 114
Fidelio 26:15 45:00 171 116
eniamretrauq eniamretrauq 26:16 30:00 114 77
Deezzaa Deezzaa 26:30 41:03 154 104
ulaca ulaca 26:58 63:23 235 159
infinitejest 27:01 30:54 114 77
nekabue 27:19 35:55 131 89
Mike Harper Mike Harper 27:40 52:58 191 129
RogerC 28:42 52:07 181 123
NAPASAI napasai 28:53 62:27 216 146
Winchelt 28:54 32:11 111 75
6098mr 29:06 35:05 120 81
Jeeves 31:30 39:41 125 85
hipponym 31:50 54:23 170 115
koro kororareka 32:22 49:32 153 104
alistair.boere 33:08 49:57 150 102
j.stanton734 34:49 50:35 145 98
starstruck starstruck_au 36:22 55:04 151 102
CoxBurglar coxburglar 37:08 38:38 104 70
HanS 37:12 29:09 78 53
Shushannah 37:56 51:47 136 92
kapietro kapietro 38:20 65:35 171 116
rv_1 39:09 58:16 148 100
hydrochoos hydrochoos 40:15 18:00 44 29
Steve Wood 49:17 62:19 126 85
MartinP MartinP1 51:45 78:19 151 102

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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