Wowza! I’m so out of practice that I got really close to not completing this puzzle. That’s almost as bad as Matt Gaetz telling Tucker Carlson that the people who are extorting him would get Joe Biden to pardon him. “I don’t need a pardon; I’m not seeking a pardon. I’ve not done anything improper or wrong.” Conspicuously that leaves out improper and wrong, so I’ll just take his word for it that I should assume that what he did was improper and wrong.
Yesterday I missed CEDE, CEDED, DUNCE, UNCUT, UNDETECTED, and UNTUCK.
EDUCE/D: formal Bring out or develop (something latent or potential).
Final score: 37 words for 148 points.
Genius minimum: 146 points.
First word: CARBONARA.