Daily Archives: August 1, 2020

NYT Spelling Bee 8-1-20 final

Got some more before going to sleep. I was fumbling with the spelling of the word cuckoo, but I got there.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-1-20

Wow this pangram was tough to get. Luckily, my sister (www.twitter.com/raablauren) came to my aid to reassure me that it is a word I know.

So after some time of frustration and some pretty gross and incorrect guesses, I finally got there.

Along the way, I got words like uncock, which is fine if you think of it in sense of a gun and not think of in the context of a not-so-surehanded mohel.

WSJ Crossword 3-23-20 (8-1-20) Complete

Here’s the second of the two puzzles from today–another from the WSJ archive. This one is older by a week, so nobody was wearing a mask.

A simpler time.

This puzzle is Treasure Hunt, which I finished in a semi-distracted 8:11. The theme was from 55A Cracker Jack extra, and what the answers with circles have PRIZEINSIDE. Sidenote: My dad proposed with a ring inside a Cracker Jack box. They had better toys in those days. Now it’s just that paper with a sticker or something. I like Cracker Jack as much as the next guy, but I’ve been eating air-popped popcorn to keep me from gaining all the pounds while the gyms are closed and the bicycle tires haven’t yet arrived.
18A Finely chopped ingredient in some pasta sauces: DIC(EDGAR)LIC. I had been thinking it was DICEDMANGO, but nope. Also I had never heard of the Edgar Awards. They were a mystery to me until today http://www.theedgars.com/
24A Admission of fear: IMS(OSCAR)ED

Obviously I think of this in relation to that clue

35A Classic German racing car: PORSCH(ESPY)DER. Doesn’t really matter which Porsche it is, it’s guaranteed to be ugly. My dad and I went to the LA Auto Show almost a decade ago. Porsche had a 911 convertible on display, and we watched as a toddler was raised out of the back by his father, but the rear seat had such little legroom that the kid lost his shoe.
48A Crocheting need: COT(TONY)ARN. Apparently it’s extremely difficult to find any in dark gray. If anyone has advice about where to secure dark gray cotton yarn for crocheting, please let me know.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

WSJ Crossword 3-30-20 (8-1-20) Complete

Wow! It’s August! But since it’s a Saturday, I’m doing puzzles from the archive. This one is from the end of March. Remember March? Remember how Coronavirus was just becoming a thing people were taking seriously? California shut down on March 17, stopping what otherwise would be fun drinking for St. Paddy’s Day.

So this March puzzle Abstract Attacks. Lots of A’s all around. Starts with 1A Pre-GPS travel aid: AAAMAP. It’s important to note that AAA still makes and prints maps, and the AAA maps are still cool to look at. I argue that they’re nice to have for planning because you get to see where things are relative to each other and not just exactly where you’re going.

But the clue that I like the most is 38A Amazonian biter PIRANHA. Like the majority of Americans, I always believed that the pronunciation is pih-RAWN-uh, and that was that. But piranhas are in Brazil. Where they speak Portuguese. Where hn is like the French gn which is like the Spanish ñ. So rather than pih-RAWN-uh, it’s pronounced pee-RAH-nya. Here it’s still the normal way, but there it’s the way that’s new to me.