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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 9-27-20 final

I thought I wouldn’t get this done before Yom Kippur started, but I have!

It was a long puzzle, and I found two anagrams. There may have been more.

Yesterday’s misses:
AEON: Just a stupid way of spelling EON. Ridiculous.
AGELONG: Shorter than an AEON, but also longer than AEON.
GALLEON: I missed this? That’s some ship!
GALLON: Embarrassed.
LLANO: I’m learning all kinds of botany from this game. That’s plain to see.
LOAN: Ugh.
LOLLYGAG: Pretty sure I’ve missed this before, which is a shame because it means dillydally–the point of this game.
LOYAL: My financee is going to give me some real side-eye when she reads this part of the post.
NEON: Or she’ll take the noble position and let it slide.
NYLON: Sheer error.
OENOLOGY: Sure, wine not?
OGEE: It’s a good counter point.
ONLAY: A dental thing you can read about here that I don’t care to because dental things make me cringe.
OOLONG: I don’t care for tea, and that’s a good thing because tea prices are rising like crazy right now.

Wow, that’s a lot of missed words. So many chances to make it to genius level.

Today, final score: 47 words for 183 points.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-26-20 final

I just cannot seem to push this one over the edge, so it looks like I’ll fall short of genius tonight.

I’m irritated more than ever by an omission: NEOLOGY. You know, making new words–the thing we all do when we play the NYT Spelling Bee. If enough of mine had worked tonight, I would have gotten to genius level. Too bad I’m not that convincing.

Yesterday’s misses by me were few.

COOLDOWN: I’ve just learned that this is a compound word.
ENOW: It means enough? This ranks a double-AYFKM on the reasonable-to-Will-Shortz scale.
LOCOWEED: A plant that is super bad times for farmers to the tune of $300 MILLION A YEAR. For animals, it starts out kinda just growing there that makes it worth chewing at, but then they develop a taste for it. Then it kills them. Bummer.
WEDDED: I’m going to get some grief from my fiancee for missing this one.

Likely final score for today: 44 words for 168 points. Genius minimum is 179.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-25-20 final

I tore through this one pretty fast, but I can’t seem to find any more words, so I took some time to edit a photo for the first in a short series on haircut posts.

Unfortunately, the Pokémon WEEDLE was not an acceptable word, and DEWED didn’t work, either. That second one is most certainly a real word. Get it together, NYT Spelling Bee.

Yesterday’s missed answers:
ACACIA: Those trees in The Lion King
CALLA: A type of lily.
CALLALOO: A different type of plant. This one used for cooking.
CIAO: My bad here. I should have gotten this one.
COCCI: Scary balls!
GLACIAL: I should have gotten this one, too.
LAICAL: I got LAIC, so I don’t know what happened here.

Today I got pretty far beyond the minimum genius level, but according to my sister, I’m still far afield, so I’ll stop here.

Final score for me: 32 words for 143 points.

Covid Haircuts: Part 1

When lockdown/isolation started in California in March and salons were not considered an essential service–even in Beverly Hills(!)–the #longhairdontcare trend really took hold, as we all know.

By June, I was looking pretty shaggy. So much so that I finally got to try to re-create the picture of W. C. Davenport, taken by Elmer Chickering, given to me by my sister long ago.

My fiancee took the time to style me up like the old photo and then was patient with me as I tried to sit still without messing things up. I had grown out my mustache so long that it was starting to have split ends. I probably was doing something wrong, but that’s how it goes.

I don’t know these people. If anyone knows this Eleanore Davenport or W.C. Davenport, please send an email to

The result of that June afternoon’s work, side-by-side with the original:

It wasn’t until the end of the month that she first cut my hair. And then yesterday I cut hers. Stay tuned.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-24-20

I’ve gotten to the genius level for today’s puzzle, but there’s more to go. Today I’m starting the breakdown of what I missed the day before. That way maybe I’ll start to get those words, too.

APORT: on the left side of a ship Makes sense. Shouldn’t miss this one again.
APPARAT: The administrative system of a communist party, especially in a communist country. I should get used to this word if Trump wins again.
ARHAT: (in Buddhism and Jainism) someone who has attained the goal of the religious life. I probably will miss this one again.
ATTAR: rose petal perfume. I may miss this one again, but I don’t know.
HATHA: This does not exist as a standalone word, so shenanigans.
HORTATORY: I hadn’t heard this word before, but the etymology is interesting, so here it is:

hortatory (adj.)
1580s, from Middle French hortatoire and directly from Late Latin hortatorius “encouraging, cheering,” from hortatus, past participle of hortari “exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate,” intensive of horiri “urge, incite, encourage,” from PIE root *gher- (2) “to like, want.” Older in English is hortation (1530s), from Latin hortationem.

OATY: What it sounds like. This one is on me for sure.

PORTRAY: Yup. My bad.
RATTRAP: And I make fun of restaurants with C’s in the windows!
ROTATORY: I hadn’t known this word wouldn’t receive a red squiggly.
TAPA: The food. I don’t think I’ve ever had tapas. But asking if someone wants to go to a tapas bar with you can get you into trouble if not heard correctly.
TARTAR: “I got so much tartar, I don’t gotta dip my fish sticks in shit!” -Mitch Hedberg z”l
TROTH: The etymology (now obviously) is truth. I have no familiarity with this word.

So there’s a lot to improve upon. I didn’t go much beyond genius level today, so there will be a list tomorrow, too.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-23-20 final

I beat the buzzer with this one. It was funny because my heart was pounding as I got close to the deadline. I had been playing the new Rocket League with a buddy, and midnight was coming up quick.

So that I got AORTA as the word that pushed me over was fitting.

Still disappointed that PORTAPOTTY was not a valid word in this puzzle.

Final score: 59 words for 218 points.

Next one about to start.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-22-20

This game wasn’t nearly as bad. There’s still some time before midnight, so I’m pushing for a Queen Bee night, but that’s not going to happen.

TEXMEX was the latest in the looking for food in all the wrong places series.

Yesterday I missed a bunch of stuff that made no sense to miss.

Like how did I not see UNION? or UNCTION?