NYT Spelling Bee 6-26-21 final

It’s supposed to be really hot tomorrow. But tonight there are fireworks popping off in the distance. Where are they? Probably everywhere.

Yesterday I missed UNFLEDGED (the second pangram), DUFFLE, FEND, FUGUE, FUNDED, UNDEFENDED, and UNFUNDED.

Meatier Misses

FUDDLE/D: Confused or stupefied, especially as a result of drinking alcohol.

Alcohol? Etymology time!

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

fuddle (v.)

1580s, “to get drunk” (intransitive); c. 1600, “to confuse as though with drink” (transitive), of obscure origin, perhaps from Low German fuddeln “work in a slovenly manner (as if drunk),” from fuddle “worthless cloth.” The more common derivative befuddle dates only to 1873. Related: Fuddledfuddling. A hard-drinker in 17c. might be called a fuddle-cap (1660s).

Cool! Get drunk to be fuddled!

FUGU: A puffer fish that is eaten as a Japanese delicacy, after some highly poisonous parts have been removed.

“Fugu might be worth the risk, if you can get it,” says the now clearly aptly named Departures

That something called Departures recommends a thing that can kill you seems very appropriate. I don’t know if they just took the article offline entirely (only for those efforts to be foiled by archive.org) because it’s crazy dangerous and irresponsible to recommend eating something known to be deadly. But literally deadly. Not like school cafeteria food deadly.

Today’s summary

Letters: RACKTWY
Final score: 21 words for 91 points.
Genius minimum: 89 points.
First word: ATTRACT.
Pangram: TRACKWAY.

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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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