NYT Spelling Bee 10-27-20 final

Well we went back to the puzzles with very lean offerings. From more than 250 minimum for genius to 91 minimum. Crazy.

But first! Yesterday’s misses, which are myriad. I ran out of steam to reduce this number, but at least I got both pangrams.

ACACIA: Oh, right! We’re back to trees, too.
ACAI: Yes. This thing.
ADDICT: When it comes to the Spelling Bee, aren’t we all?
ARCADIA: Isn’t this a proper noun? Annoyed at this one, and I think I’ve missed it before.
CARDIOID: A heart-shaped curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle as it rolls around another identical circle. Isn’t that cool? Now I know!
CICADA: It would bug me that I missed this one, but I gave up yesterday after more than 200 points, so OK.
CIRRI: I’ve missed this before. Many cirrus clouds.
COATI: I’ve missed this adorable animal before.
COCCI: I’ve missed this before, too.
CORRIDA: A bullfight!
CROCI: Oh yeah! The crocus flower.
DIACRITIC: A sign, such as an accent or cedilla, which when written above or below a letter indicates a difference in pronunciation from the same letter when unmarked or differently marked.
DICTA: Many formal pronouncements from an authoritative source
DIDACT: I got didactic but not didact.
ORATORIO: A large-scale, usually narrative musical work for orchestra and voices, typically on a sacred theme, performed without costume, scenery, or action. Well-known examples include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s The Creation.
RADIATOR: I forgot these exist, but the weather should have reminded me.
RAITA: But still no horchata
RICOTTA: Mmmmm. Cheese.
ROTI: And no torta
TORII: Hunter?
TOROID: A donut?
TRICOT: A fine knitted fabric made of a natural or man-made fiber.

Final score today: 16 words for 93 points
Genius minimum: 91 points
First word: MAZE
Missed opportunity: ZIGGAZIGGAAAA

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I'm a guy living the #raabidfun lifestyle. I figured I would create a blog about crossword puzzles I do. The idea is to do the NYT crossword and the WSJ crossword daily as much as I can. That includes when I don't finish and have clearly failed. They can be difficult. Also I am not an attorney, and any legal analysis in this blog reflects my interpretation, which means it can be flawed and should not be relied upon for use in legal matters (especially against me).

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