Category Archives: NYT Spelling Bee

NYT Spelling Bee 12-1-20 final

Hello from Day 13 of the current California COVID curfew! And happy December! I tried to get to Queen Bee today but ultimately decided I was satisfied with my score.

This post is a quick one.

OUTHOUGHT is an acceptable word.

The Now I Know! section from yesterday

ROTGUT: Poor-quality and potentially toxic alcoholic liquor. This is a good word to know! I will use this!
WROTH: archaic Angry. Oh, because wrath. Got it.

Final score: 27 words for 102 points.
Genius minimum: 77 points.
First word: BLOTTO

Issues: ITTY is a word, BITTY isn’t a word. No dice on ITTYBITTY. Silly.

NYT Spelling Bee 11-30-20 final

Hello from Day 12 of the current California COVID curfew. The rules are changing a little bit, but they’re not getting any less restrictive.

Yesterday’s misses were pretty good.

Great words like ATTAINT, BIENNIA (two-year blocks), IAMB, IAMBI, MINIM, MINIMA, TIBIAE.

TANNIN: A yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance present in some galls, barks, and other plant tissues, consisting of derivatives of gallic acid, used in leather production and ink manufacture.
TATAMI: EVERY TIME! A rush-covered straw mat forming a traditional Japanese floor covering. I feel like I need to get one to remember it. (I have no affiliation with this seller, and this should not be interpreted as knowledge of, vouching for or support of anything this seller does.)

Today was significantly faster than yesterday.

Final score: 36 words for 147 points.
Genius minimum: 146 points.
First word: THROUGHOUT
Bad spellings: WORTHOG isn’t WARTHOG.

NYT Spelling Bee 11-29-20 final

Hello from Day 11 of the current California COVID curfew!

This one was quite a slog. Really just tough to get through this one. The crossword puzzle also seemed interminable. I decided to call this one without getting to genius earlier this evening.

Of course I then continued to try because I really wanted to get to genius level. I got a few more words, but it wasn’t enough.

I mean it totally was enough for me. My brain is gone.

Yesterday some easy ones I missed were: ALOFT, FLEE, FOAL, FOOL, LEAFLET, LEFT, LOFT, TAFFETA.

I disagree with the words FALLOFF, FLATFOOT.

I don’t think I ever would have found FELLATE on my own.

My issue with the inconsistencies with A-words includes AFLAME that I missed but was on the word list. AROAR wasn’t a possibility here, but that’s a word that has yet to get the respect it deserves.

But then there are the ones that are still new to me.

FETTLE: Condition. From etymonline: “condition, state, trim,” c. 1750, in a glossary of Lancashire dialect, from northern Middle English fettle (v.) “to make ready, fix, prepare, arrange” (late 14c.), which is of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to Old English fetian “to fetch” (see fetch (v.)); perhaps from Old English fetel “a girdle, belt,” from Proto-Germanic *fatilaz (source also of German fessel “fetter, chain,” Old Norse fetill “strap, brace”), from PIE *ped- (2) “container” (see vat). Related: Fettlerfettling.

I’m way too bleary-eyed to continue to look at this.

Final score: 44 words for 188 points.
Genius minimum: 207 points!
First word: ANIMATE
Pangram: AMBIENT
Tweet explanation:

Maintenant is the French word for now.

So it’s looking for now in all the wrong places.

It made me happy to write this, and it seems like I’m not the only one who tries some French words when the letters ask for it.

NYT Spelling Bee 11-28-20 final

Hello from Day 10 of the current California COVID curfew!

In a pretty cool milestone for me, my blog now has 40 followers. Thank you to all who read my musings. If you like what I write, please encourage your friends to read this, too. If you don’t like what I write, please encourage people you detest to read every single post of mine.

There were some words that I likely would have gotten if I weren’t in such a rush: DEEPENED (I had gotten DEEPEN), NEED, NEEDED, NEEDLE, NEEDLED, NENE (I keep waiting to do HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A), NOODLE, NOODLED, and OLDEN.

I probably would not have gotten DONEE or ODEON.

There were no new or confusing words in this one, but there were a lot of words overall.

As for today, there was a glaring omission that would have been my first word.

Really, really sad. This is how the Spelling Bee started off for me today.

Final score: 37 words for 141 points.
Genius minimum: 139 points.
First word: FOLATE
First accepted word: OFFAL
Other tweet:

Of course FATALE by itself wasn’t in the word list, but FEMME was.

How could I not give a shoutout to Calah upon seeing this? She replied with really the only appropriate gif, so I’ve got that going for me, too.

Going back to watching Crash Landing on You now, so I’ll see you tomorrow for the Sunday crossword and Spelling Bee!

Good night!

NYT Spelling Bee 11-27-20 final

Hello from Day 9 of the current California COVID Curfew!

After the high of today’s NYT crossword, I didn’t remember that I hadn’t yet finished the spelling bee. So in a mad dash, I did what I could. And this is the result.

Yesterday’s easy misses were ANNAL, LAYMAN, LOAMY, LOYAL, LOYALLY, NYLON, ONLAY, ONLY, ORAL, and ROLL.

One I never would have gotten is NONROYAL.

AMYL: Chemistry (as a modifier) The straight-chain pentyl radical —C₅H₁₁. Because this is OK, but MOLAL isn’t. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Seriously, bro?!
LLANO: I keep forgetting this South American treeless grassy plain. But also no HORCHATA and no TORTA.

As for today’s race to genius:

Final score: 37 words for 139 points.
Genius minimum: 137 points.
First word: OPENED
Final word: DEPENDED

Explanation of my tweet:

There’s a band called Plone, which made the song Plock.

Here’s something straight lifted from Wikipedia:

Plone is a free and open sourcecontent management system built on top of the Zopeapplication server. Plone is positioned as an “Enterprise CMS” and is commonly used for intranets and as part of the web presence of large organizations. High-profile public sector users include the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brazilian Government, United Nations, City of Bern (Switzerland), New South Wales Government (Australia), and European Environment Agency.[2] Plone’s proponents cite its security track record[3] and its accessibility[4] as reasons to choose Plone.

but where does the name come from?

What does Plone mean? How is it pronounced?

Does the word Plone mean anything, and where does it come from? Why is Plone called Plone?

The word Plone originally comes from the electronic band Plone that used to exist on the Warp record label. The music is playful and minimalistic.

The founders of Plone-the-Software (Alan Runyan and Alexander Limi) were listening to Plone-the-Band when they met (as well as during the initial coding/design of Plone) – and one of the original quotes floating around at the time was that “Plone should look and feel like the band sounds”. Thus, a legend was born. 😉

The current status of Plone-the-Band is not known.

Plone is pronounced in the same manner as the word “grown”. It is not spelled out when you say it, and is not an abbreviation for anything.

What does Plone mean? How is it pronounced? — Plone CMS: Open Source Content Management (

So that’s why my tweet is not only good but funny and deserved way more respect than it got.

Have a great weekend!

NYT Spelling Bee 11-26-20 final

Happy Thanksgiving from Day 8 of the Current California COVID Curfew!

It’s been kind of a weird day. I certainly missed going to my elementary school’s alumni Thanksgiving breakfast. I also missed having dinner with my family.

I’m surprised that yesterday’s spelling bee only had one pangram. I was fairly certain I had missed at least one, but it turned out that I had not.


TORI: A geometry word! Surfaces or solids formed by rotating a closed curve, especially a circle, around a line that lies in the same plane but does not intersect it (e.g., like a ring-shaped doughnut).
TORII: The gateway of a Shinto shrine, with two uprights and two crosspieces.

Torii Hunter

TORTONI: An Italian ice cream made with eggs and cream, typically served in a small cup and topped with chopped almonds or crumbled macaroons.
TRICORN: (of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides. Maybe also hamantaschen?
TRICOT: A fine knitted fabric made of a natural or man-made fiber.

On the earlier topic of me missing CRITIC, there’s the award-winning Mel Brooks short!


Final score: 33 words for 151 points.
Genius minimum: 144 points.
First word: ANOMALY

NYT Spelling Bee 11-25-20 final

Hello from Day 7 of the California COVID Curfew. I heard on the radio that there’s a party going on somewhere off Coldwater. Valets and everything. Blocking traffic. Lots of people calling the police to complain about it.

Today’s puzzle was rougher for me than it should have been, according to Lauren. She was completely right. My mind was just foggy on this one.

Yesterday I missed GLEE, GLUT, GUILT, GULLED, LIEGE, and I probably shouldn’t have.

But then there were these:
GELEE: The accented gelatin dessert that I never remember.
GELID: Icy; extremely cold. Like how it is in LA right now. Low of 49 tonight. Low of 45 tomorrow night. There aren’t enough smartwool socks in the world for that kind of gelid air.
GIGUE: A lively piece of music in the style of a dance, typically of the Renaissance or baroque period, and usually in compound time. And when it’s over, they announce, “The gigue is up!”
GLUTEI: Two or more of the three muscles in each buttock which move the thigh, the largest of which is the gluteus maximus. I work on mine almost all day.
GLUTTED: Fully satisfied.

As for today, I had so many thoughts that weren’t recognized words.

Final score: 40 words for 172 points.
Genius minimum: 165 points.
First word: FICTION
Final word: NONFICTION, and I’m chuckling at how I started off with faking it and ended it straight-up.
Wishlist: Enya’s ORINOCO flow


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

NYT Spelling Bee 11-24-20 final

Hello from Day 6 of the current California COVID Curfew!

I got all the way to genius from my phone from bed last night. So I continued from my computer today and thought I’d try for Queen Bee. I gave up on that but don’t know how far away I got.


I don’t know these words that NYT Spelling Bee accepts.

CANNA: A tropical American plant with bright flowers and ornamental broad, flat leaves. Oh, right. I’ve missed canna lily before.
CANTATA: A medium-length narrative piece of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment, typically with solos, chorus, and orchestra.
CAPON: A castrated male chicken fattened for eating. Wait, what?
NATANT: Swimming or floating.
OCTANT: An arc of a circle equal to one eighth of its circumference, or the area enclosed by such an arc with two radii of the circle.

Today’s Spelling Bee had fewer glaring omissions.

Final score: 39 words for 183 points.
Genius minimum: 160 points.
First word: GUILED
Pangram: GUILTED
Snubs: ILLEGIT. LEGIT is OK. ILLEGIT is not? Wack.

NYT Spelling Bee 11-23-20 final

Hello from Day 5 of the current California COVID curfew!

It took a little bit of time for me to get the pangram for this spelling bee, but I got there.

If I’d kept going, I imagine I’d have found CANYON, COPAY, YAHOO

I probably wouldn’t have gotten: AHOY (which is a shame because cool), ANYHOO, or PAPACY.

As a standalone word, HYPO: The chemical sodium thiosulphate (formerly called hyposulphite) used as a photographic fixer. Because photography clues are so relevant right now. Which makes me wonder why we haven’t heard of more quarantine darkrooms. If people are making sourdough, why don’t people set up darkrooms and take pictures with film they can develop at home? It seems like a logical next step.

I stopped today at genius partly because I could get the screenshot on my computer and partly because there was more that I wanted to do with my day.

Final score: 32 words for 139 points.
Genius minimum: 131 points.
First word: ACCOUNTANT
Final word: OCCUPANT

This one was a real shame!

Lauren pointed this one out:

And, of course, if you get your badge and gun right out of school, you might be a

NYT Spelling Bee 11-22-20 final

Hello from the fourth night of the current California COVID curfew!

I decided to quit after getting to genius level today because I was happy to get where I got. A Y in the middle without an L certainly makes for a tougher spelling bee.

As I wrote my blog post yesterday–a thing I do usually when I finish the puzzle–I wrote about the BAOBAB tree. I realized only later that BAOBAB appeared two days in a row. So I missed it two days in a row. I also missed NABOB.

AEON: The dumb spelling of EON. And more chances to point out that AEON is fine, but AROAR is not fine.
JOJOBA: An oil extracted from the seeds of an American shrub, widely used in cosmetics. I have little doubt that I will forget this. Like I forget the BOABAB tree.

Final score: 18 words for 89 points.
Genius minimum: 88 points.
First word: ANNOY
Last word: YAPPY
Missed opportunity: