Another scandalous spelling bee! With so few words with the letter Z, every one of them counts. You know, unless you’re the creators of the New York Times Spelling Bee.
Yesterday’s misses were mostly things that I’m not ashamed about. That’s a relief for me because I eked out a genius result yesterday, and I’ve had those spelling bees that had endless words I should have gotten. This one only had COACT, COYLY, LOYALLY (though I got LOYAL and LOYALTY), OCTET, TOCCATA.
Then there were the other words:
CALLALOO: The large edible leaves of a tropical American plant, widely used in Caribbean cooking.
CLOACA: You’ll have to bear with me on this one. A common cavity at the end of the digestive tract for the release of both excretory and genital products in vertebrates (except most mammals) and certain invertebrates. Specifically, the cloaca is present in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and monotremes.
COLLET: A segmented band or sleeve put around a shaft or spindle and tightened so as to grip it.
COLLOCATE: Share a location or facility with someone (or something) else.
OCTAL: Relating to or using a system of numerical notation that has 8 rather than 10 as a base.
OOCYTE: A cell in an ovary which may undergo meiotic division to form an ovum.
Today’s craziness revolves around the words DEGLAZE and DEGLAZED.
Those are big words! Lots of points at play! Unfortunately, neither was counted as a word.
Unlike ZEIDIE, ZEIDE, and ZEDIE (all also not on the word list) that are transliterated words from Yiddish, DEGLAZE and DEGLAZED are words commonly used in English by more than just the Jewish community.
This was such a big deal throughout the Spelling Bee community that Not A Spelling Bee Word put up a poll asking which has been the most egregious omission. Naturally, COPE was the clear winner.
I tried and failed at getting to Queen Bee. I’m eager to know what I missed. But that’ll have to wait till tomorrow.
Final score: 25 words for 136 points.
Genius minimum: 107 points.
First word: DAZZLE
Glaring omissions: DEGLAZE, DEGLAZED.
Missed opportunities: ALLEZ, ZEIDIE, ZEIDE, ZEDIE