NYT Spelling Bee 12-20-20 final

Hello from Day 32 of the current California COVID constant curfew.

Yesterday I missed not too many. APRON, NONPOLAR, PLANAR, ROAN.

Meatier misses

MAMMON: From lexico: Wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness.
From etymonline: personification of riches and worldliness, mid-14c., from Late Latin mammona, from Ecclesiastical Greek mamōnas, from Aramaic mamona, mamon “riches, gain;” a word left untranslated in Greek New Testament (Matthew vi.24, Luke xvi.9-13), retained in the Vulgate, and regarded mistakenly by medieval Christians as the name of a demon who leads men to covetousness.
From me: New Testament? We have this word in the Passover Seder when we talk sing Dayenu (it would have been enough) when it never really would have been. It’s a list that follows the pattern of: even if just [thing a] was given/was done for us but [thing b] wasn’t, it would have been enough. Then [thing b] replaces [thing a] and [thing c] replaces the original [thing b]. It starts out with something to the effect of: Even if we were only brought out of Egypt and no plagues were brought on our oppressors, it would have been enough. Of course, it wouldn’t have been enough because with there’d be nothing slowing them down when trying to catch us again. Later it has the line to the effect of Even if were only given their wealth (מָמוֹנָם)–MAMONAM–and the Red Sea hadn’t been parted, it would have been enough. Of course, dead to rights if the latter hadn’t happened.
POMPANO: An edible butterfish that lives in shoals along the east coast of North America.


That fish is huge and mean-looking! Or that man is tiny.

Today’s summary

Final score: 16 words for 66 points.
Genius minimum: 62 points.
First word: PIPE

Getting the Not in word list box at almost completely faded way took longer than I’m willing to admit.
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