NYT Spelling Bee 12-28-20 final

Hello from Day 40(?) of the current California COVID constant curfew. The stay-at-home orders were set to expire today, but it was more like they couldn’t expire before today. Gov. Newsom said today that we’ll hear from someone tomorrow about more stay-at-home orders. I guess if he had complete information, he’d be Gavin Newall.

Today I tried for Queen Bee. I’m writing this post at 7:44pm, and although I have more than four hours left, I don’t think I’m going to find more. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t look at the sites that say how many words there are with the starting letter and length, so I have no idea how tall the mountain is. There have been a few puzzles I’ve missed Queen Bee by a single word, but that’s how it goes. In my experience, the surprise of getting to the Queen Bee level makes up for the disappointment of when yet another found word doesn’t exhaust the list.

And on the topic, I missed just two yesterday.

Meatier misses

BINNING: The act of throwing things away.
GIBE: An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt. Fitting!

A note on yesterday’s pangram: If I had missed BEEKEEPING, for the spelling bee, that would have been completely unacceptable.

Today’s summary

Final score: 53 words for 208 points.
Genius minimum: 167 points.
First word: ALGAE


Final score: 54 words for 214 points.
New word: GALENA
Still no Queen Bee.


Heavy outpouring of support for this one! Thanks, everyone!

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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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