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About raabidfun

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).

NYT Spelling Bee 8-4-21 final

Holy smokes the pangram for this one! I tried all sorts of stuff before getting it. HELLOKID, KILLEDHO, LIKEDHO, HIKELODE. Ultimately, I got it. Huge relief.

Also the countdown is to

Meatier Misses

Today’s summary

Letters: ODEIKLH
Final score: 31 words for 119 points.
Genius minimum: 105 points.
First word: LOOKED.
Last word: LIKELIHOOD.

NYT Spelling Bee 5-21-22 (contains spoilers)

I got so close to forgetting to do this. Maaaan. But doing it meant I saw that the hello wordl post from today had missed schedule! WordPress does that sometimes, and it’s really weird.

Yesterday I missed ACCURACY, ARRAY, CRANNY, and RUNNY.

Meatier Misses

ARCANA: Secrets or mysteries.

arcana (n.)

“hidden things, mysteries,” 1590s, a direct adoption of the Latin plural of arcanum “a secret, a mystery,” an important word in alchemy, from neuter of adjective arcanus “secret, hidden, private, concealed” (see arcane). Occasionally mistaken for a singular and pluralized as arcanas, because arcana is far more common than arcanum.

CURACY: The office, position, or work of a curate.
HARRY: Persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy’s territory)

Today’s summary

Final score: 43 words for 196 points.
Genius minimum: 170 points.
First word: FOIBLE.

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.