A long but surprisingly easy Spelling Bee. I did it all on my phone. This is partly because I hate the new interface online. In other news, for a second consecutive weekend, Malibu is in trouble. Last weekend it was the balcony falling. This weekend it’s a major fire that has turned the sky on the westside brown. There are gray rainclouds and then this brown smoke battling.
Classic move to make California wear masks again. Before for “covid.” Now for the ash. Wake up, Dems!!!!
Yesterday I missed ADMAN, ADMIN, CAIMAN, CANDYMAN, CYAN, DAMN, MADMAN, MANIAC, NAAN and NADA.
ADAMANCY: The noun form of refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind. This is a pangram I missed.
The etymology of the word is interesting.
late 14c., “hard, unbreakable,” from adamant (n.). Figurative sense of “unshakeable” is by 1670s. Related: Adamantly; adamance.
Old English aðamans “a very hard stone;” the modern word is a mid-14c. borrowing of Old French adamant “diamond; magnet” or directly from Latin adamantem (nominative adamas) “adamant, hardest iron, steel,” also used figuratively, of character, from Greek adamas (genitive adamantos), name of a hypothetical hardest material, noun use of an adjective meaning “unbreakable, inflexible,” which was metaphoric of anything unalterable (such as Hades), a word of uncertain origin.
It is perhaps literally “invincible, indomitable,” from a- “not” (see a- (3)) + daman “to conquer, to tame,” from PIE root *deme- “to constrain, force, break (horses)” (see tame (adj.)). “But semantically, the etymology is rather strange,” according to Beekes, who suggests it might be a foreign word altered in Greek by folk etymology, and compares Akkadian (Semitic) adamu.
Applied in antiquity to a metal resembling gold (Plato), white sapphire (Pliny), magnet (Ovid, perhaps through confusion with Latin adamare “to love passionately”), steel, emery stone, and especially diamond, which is a variant of this word. “The name has thus always been of indefinite and fluctuating sense” [Century Dictionary].
Now, this Robert Beekes, who is known for his Etymological Dictionary of Greek, makes a point that is in line with my thinking: the name Adam is from the Hebrew word אדם that means earth (dirt, not planet), and that makes way more sense.
INIDCA: A subspecies of the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa indica, having a short stem and broad leaves and grown mainly for use in drugs.
INIDICIA: formal Signs, indications, or distinguishing marks.
Final score: 45 words for 215 points.
Genius minimum: 194 points.
First word: QUEEN.