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NYT Spelling Bee 5-20-22 (contains spoilers)

Yesterday I missed LEVEL, LIEU (Sorry, Ted), and UNLEVEL.

Meatier Misses

JEJUNE: (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

jejune (adj.)

1610s, “dull in the mind, flat, insipid, wanting in interest,” from Latin ieiunus “empty, dry, barren,” literally “fasting, hungry,” a word of obscure origin. De Vaan finds it to be from a PIE root meaning “to worship, reverence,” hence “to sacrifice” (with cognates including Sanskrit yajati “to honor, worship, sacrifice,” Avestan yaza- “to worship,” Greek agios, agnos “holy;” see hagio-), and writes that the Latin word and its relatives “would be based on the habit to perform the first sacrifice of the day on an empty stomach.” Related: jejunaljejunally.

JULIENNE:A portion of food cut into short, thin strips.

VENULE: Anatomy A very small vein, especially one collecting blood from the capillaries.

Today’s summary

Final score: 24 words for 113 points.
Genius minimum: 108 points.
First word: CRUNCHY.
Pangram: RAUNCHY.

NYT Spelling Bee 5-19-22 (contains spoilers)

I tried to get to genius last night, but I couldn’t push it over the edge. That changed during the day, so here we go. I’m glad to be back to posting these.


Meatier Misses

concoction (n.)

1530s, “digestion” (a sense now obsolete), from Latin concoctionem (nominative concoctio) “digestion,” noun of action from past participle stem of concoquere “to digest; to boil together, prepare; to consider well,” from assimilated form of com “together” (see con-) + coquere “to cook, prepare food, ripen, digest,” from PIE root *pekw- “to cook, ripen.”

Meaning “that which is concocted” is by 1850, figurative; meaning “a devising, a planning, act of preparing and combining the materials of anything” is from 1823.

Today’s summary

Final score: 25 words for 84 points.
Genius minimum: 82 points.
First word: JUVENILE.
Pangram: JUVENILE.