NYT Spelling Bee 12-3-20 final

A short and long puzzle as the same time! Certainly a fun one. I tried for Queen Bee, but I fell short. Not disappointed with my result, though!

Yesterday I missed ALMANAC and MALL.

I also missed MANCALA, the game with the stones and the board with the wells. I missed MINICAM, but if it’s small enough, doesn’t everybody? Technology, man, I’m telling you.

Meatier misses

CAIMAN: A semiaquatic reptile similar to the alligator but with a heavily armored belly, native to tropical America. Also spelled cayman as in Cayman Islands?
CATMINT: Another word for catnip?! Get outta town! Unbelievable.
CLAMANT: Demanding attention/urgent? m-w.com knows of this word, but lexico doesn’t. I’m not convinced that it’s a word.
INIMICAL: Tending to obstruct or harm.
LAMA: An honorific title applied to a spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism, whether a reincarnate lama (such as the Dalai Lama) or one who has earned the title in life.
LAMINA: A thin layer, plate, or scale of sedimentary rock, organic tissue, or other material. Right, like laminate. Pretty sure I’ve missed this before.
LIMINAL: Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

TATAMI: proof that I cannot learn this word even when I post a picture of this straw mat.

Today’s summary

Final score: 31 words for 100 points.
Genius minimum: 78 points.
First word: HEAVILY
Pangram: HEAVILY
Glaring omission: ALEE

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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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