NYT Spelling Bee 5-4-21 final

Today I finally wrapped up the chairs woodworking blog. That is to say that I shared what I’d done. I know the meaning of that is obvious, but I have the space, so I’ll use it. After I had finished the chairs as much as I could, Calah took over. I won’t spoil exactly what more she did. Rather, the Tuesday 10am woodworking blog posts for the next few weeks will be her writing and her project. Then I’ll get back to new stuff. If you’re behind on all the woodworking blog posts, check them out at Crafty.MitchMcConHole.com.


Meatier Misses

APPETITIVE: Characterized by a natural desire to satisfy bodily needs.
PEPITA: A pumpkin seed.
PICCATA: Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley and butter. One day, maybe I’ll remember this.
TACET: (as a direction) with the voice or instrument silent.
TIPPET: A woman’s long fur scarf or shawl worn around the neck and shoulders.

I don’t know if this is a real person or wax!

TITIVATE: Make small enhancing alterations to (something)

This is the shortest entry I’ve ever read on etymonline!

titivate (v.)

1805, perhaps from tidy, “with a quasi-Latin ending” [OED] as in cultivate.

I like the “perhaps.” I know that it’s some dude’s website, but usually there’s more!

VITIATE: formal Spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.

vitiate (v.)

“to render vicious, faulty, or imperfect; injure the quality or substance of,” 1530s, from Latin vitiatus, past participle of vitiare “to make faulty, injure, spoil, corrupt,” from vitium “fault, defect, blemish, crime, vice” (see vice (n.1)). Related: Vitiatedvitiating.

See? That’s a little more like it.

Today’s summary

Final score: 30 words for 137 points.
Genius minimum: 118 points.
First word: GIFT.
Pangram: GRATIFY.

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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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