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.
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.
NONILIONTH: The 1030th in a series.
TILTH: Cultivation of land; tillage.
Final score: 19 words for 66 points.
Genius minimum: 64 points.
First word: MORON
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.