NYT Spelling Bee 12-24-20 final

Hello from Day 36 of the current California COVID constant curfew. It’s hard for me to believe that we’re more than five weeks into this. As I have mentioned before, the last day of the current rules is Sunday, but with ICUs exceeding capacity, I’d be shocked–shocked–if they didn’t extend the restrictions.

Yesterday I missed the easy MOAT, MONO, and TOMATO. It’s funny that I missed MONO because Calah and I are watching Are You the One?, and we joke that everyone’s going to leave there with mononucleosis. Each of us is upset that they only have two seasons now on Netflix when there four more that have aired but aren’t yet available.

As is typical with reality TV shows, the first season was better than the second season. They can figure it out in the third season, but we don’t have the third season! I’ve also witnessed so much clapping in between words, and I didn’t even know that that was a thing.

Meatier misses

MAHATMA: (in South Asia) a person regarded with reverence or loving respect; a holy person or sage. I didn’t realize this was not a proper noun.
OOMPAH: Used to refer to the rhythmical sound of deep-toned brass instruments in a band. I had OOMPA, but it didn’t go. Must be an anti-Dahl bias.
PHOTOMAP: A map made from or drawn on photographs of the area concerned. Um, what?


I think I get it. Like when you’re traveling to Paris in 2012 and want to know here the Eiffel Tower is and where the Arc de Triomphe is, so you ask at the front desk of the Hôtel Original, and the tourist map has the photos of the interesting places?
POMPANO: An edible butterfish that lives in shoals along the east coast of North America.

I’ve seen worse photoshop jobs http://www.ecbpublishing.com/fishing-in-florida-african-pompano/
Better ‘shop job https://www.kawalingpinoy.com/pinangat-na-pompano/

Today’s summary

Final score: 26 words for 96 points.
Genius minimum: 92 points.
First word: CENT
Pangram: CHUTNEY (courtesy of Calah who unsolicitedly provided that answer)

This one was worth a shot.
The party don’t start till I walk in!
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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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