NYT Spelling Bee 1-1-21 final

Hello from Day 43 of the current California COVID constant curfew, and HAPPY NEW YEAR again! It’s in the high 40s at night here in LA, and it feels like there’s not enough flannel in the world for this punishment.

Yesterday’s long puzzle meant a lot of misses. HEINIE, LENIENT, LIEN, and TINT were pretty simple. Then there were the nine-based ones that I miss much too frequently: NINETEEN, NINETEENTH, NINETIETH, NINTH. More nines to come.

Meatier misses

EOLITH: A roughly chipped flint found in Tertiary strata, originally thought to be an early artifact but probably of natural origin.
HELLION: A rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, especially a child.
LEONINE: Of or resembling a lion or lions.
NONILLION: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
NONILIONTH: The 1030th in a series.
TILTH: Cultivation of land; tillage.

Today’s summary

Final score: 19 words for 66 points.
Genius minimum: 64 points.
First word: MORON
Pangram: ?????????????????????
No tweets today, but I really tried for the pangram and failed. Lauren got it immediately. I got to genius level without it, so I’m quitting here.

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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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