Category Archives: NYT Spelling Bee

NYT Spelling Bee 4-8-21 final

Short one today! I make up for it with more etymology from yesterday’s misses. Speaking of getting things wrong, I’ve been watching The Blacklist. There are so, so many inaccuracies that pull me out of the show. Just one example: Why does Elizabeth have a clearance that lets her go to a black site? But then again, Jared. So maybe it was just ahead of its time.

Yesterday I missed APOLOGY, GLOOMY, LALLYGAG, LOAMY, PAPALLY, PLAY, PLOY, and PYGMY.

Meatier Misses

AMYL: The straight-chain pentyl radical —C₅H₁₁.
LOGY: Dull and heavy in motion or thought; sluggish.

From etymonline:

logy (adj.)

also loggy, “dull and heavy,” 1847, American English, perhaps from Dutch log “heavy, dull” + -y (2); compare Middle Low German luggich “sleepy, sluggish.” Or perhaps a variant of loggy.

MAMMALOGY: The branch of zoology concerned with mammals.
PALMY: (especially of a previous period of time) flourishing or successful.

palmy (adj.)

“triumphant, flourishing,” literally “worthy of the palm” (of victory or triumph), c. 1600, from palm (n.2) in the “triumph” sense + -y (2). The meaning “full of palms” attested from 1660s.

Today’s summary

Final score: 17 words for 82 points.
Genius minimum: 73 points.
First word: BELIEF.
Pangram: INFLEXIBLE.

NYT Spelling Bee 4-7-21 final

I learned something to day about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power: They do tree trimming at no cost to you! They want to make sure that the wires don’t get taken over by trees, so they send out guys to trim the trees. I think that’s nice. They say that people who aren’t certified to trim trees around wires absolutely shouldn’t do that. There’s even a certification for it.

Yesterday I missed EIGHTIETH, EMIT, HEAT, HEATH, HEIGHT, MATTE (SHAME ON ME!!!), MITIGATE, and TEATIME.

Meatier Misses

AGATE: An ornamental stone consisting of a hard variety of chalcedony, typically banded in appearance.

HAMATE: A carpal bone situated on the lower outside edge of the hand. It has a hook-shaped projection on the palmar side to which muscles of the little finger are attached.

You looked, didn’t you?! Anyway, here’s more of this x-ray.

Today’s summary

Final score: 28 words for 145 points.
Genius minimum: 141 points.
First word: POLYGAMY.
Pangram: POLYGAMY.
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NYT Spelling Bee 4-6-21 final

There have been small earthquakes, but so far we’re OK. Also a few minutes ago I realized that I hadn’t scheduled the April 2 blog post to publish, so that’s now out. Even though Passover has concluded, matzah pizza is still on the menu. I’ll have a post about that another time because it’s remarkably good.

Yesterday I missed the second of two pangrams, INCAPACITY, as well as ANTICIPANT, PAPAYA, and TAPA.

Meatier Misses

INAPT: Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances.
PICCATA: Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley and butter.

Learn more about piccata!


PICNIC:

Promotional cel sold a decade ago at Heritage for $62.

PIPIT:

Adorbz.

Today’s summary

Final score: 41 points for 123 points.
Genius minimum: 123 points.
First word: HEMATITE.
Pangram: MEGAHIT.
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NYT Spelling Bee 4-5-21 final

Oh snap! Pretty much at the buzzer. Got the genius finish. We’re getting close to the 24-hour mark to know if yesterday’s temblors were pre-shocks or if things are settling down. I don’t know about you, but I’m OK if there’s less excitement on the world-is-out-to-make-a-wedding-impossible front.

Yesterday I missed the second pangram, UNCLOGGING. Also GULLING, LINGUINI, LUGING, NULL, and UNCLOG.

Meatier Miss

OCULI: Many of a round or eye-like opening or design.

Today’s summary

Final score: 29 words for 138 points.
Genius minimum: 137 points.
First word: CAPACITY.
Pangram: CAPTAINCY.
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NYT Spelling Bee 4-2-21 final

This has been kind of a frantic day. Tonight the last pair of day of Passover begin. That means I won’t be doing the Spelling Bee till Sunday night. Also this was written without even enough time for the dough to rise because no other ideas came to my head in time.

Yesterday I missed PARATROOP, POOR, RAGTOP, RATTRAP, and TAPROOT.

Meatier Misses

APORT: on or toward the left side of a ship KEEP IN MIND ALEE IS STILL NOT ACCEPTED!
GRAPPA: A brandy distilled from the fermented residue of grapes after they have been pressed in winemaking.
OPAH: A large deep-bodied fish with a deep blue back, silvery belly, and crimson fins, which lives in deep oceanic waters.
PARATHA: (in Indian cooking) a flat, thick piece of unleavened bread fried on a griddle.
PHOTOG: A photographer.

Today’s summary

Final score: 42 words for 183 points.
Genius minimum: 180 points.
First word: MACHINE.
Pangrams: MACHINE, MECHANIC.

NYT Spelling Bee 4-1-21 final

Happy April Fools Day! I woke up this morning and saw a bunch of free iPads on craigslist that were for an art project. Except that they were never for an art project. The photo was easily found through reverse image search. I sent a text to the person (from a google voice number, of course) to say that it was a decent April Fools joke. There was no reply. And now I’m wondering if the number was even real. OMG. DOUBLE-DUPED. Damn!

Yesterday I missed ABALONE, AEON (always!), BALEEN, BANKABLE, BELLE, KEBAB, KENNEL, KNEEL, LEEK, and NEON.

Meatier Misses

ALKANE: Any of the series of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane, propane, and higher members. (Alkanes have the general formula: CnH₂n₊₂)
ALKENE: Any of the series of unsaturated hydrocarbons containing a double bond, including ethylene and propylene. (Alkenes have the general formula: CnH₂n)
NANKEEN: A yellowish cotton cloth.

Today’s summary

Final score: 35 words for 131 points.
Genius minimum: 130 points.
First word: RAPTOR.
Pangram: PHOTOGRAPH.
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NYT Spelling Bee 3-31-21 final

It’s the last day of March right now, but the month will expire by the time you read this. I’ve been watching updates on Matt Gaetz, and I’m convinced that the Establishment wants to get rid of him because he’s looking to leave politics and make real money working at Newsmax. Everything else is just made up. He seems like an honest, hardworking guy, and everyone else is just jealous. You know, because April fools.

Yesterday I missed BANC, BARBACOA, BLOC, BOAR, BOOB, CABANA, CANNONBALL, CORNCOB, NOOB, and ROLLBAR.

Meatier Misses

I knew all the words that I missed!

Today’s summary

Final score: 48 words for 151 points.
Genius minimum: 151 points.
First word: BOBBLE.
Pangram: ANKLEBONE.
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NYT Spelling Bee 3-30-21 final

Wowza! I’m so out of practice that I got really close to not completing this puzzle. That’s almost as bad as Matt Gaetz telling Tucker Carlson that the people who are extorting him would get Joe Biden to pardon him. “I don’t need a pardon; I’m not seeking a pardon. I’ve not done anything improper or wrong.” Conspicuously that leaves out improper and wrong, so I’ll just take his word for it that I should assume that what he did was improper and wrong.

Yesterday I missed CEDE, CEDED, DUNCE, UNCUT, UNDETECTED, and UNTUCK.

Meatier Misses

EDUCE/D: formal Bring out or develop (something latent or potential).

Today’s summary

Final score: 37 words for 148 points.
Genius minimum: 146 points.
First word: CARBONARA.
Pangram: CORNBALL.
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NYT Spelling Bee 3-29-21 final

I’m back after the hiatus for the first two days of Passover. It’s good to be back. Definitely rough not to be with family for the seders, Really hoping for next year together.

Meatier Misses

There’s nothing specific to report here because I did not play yesterday. But the list seems crazy long.

Today’s summary

Final score: 24 words for 114 points.
Genius minimum: 110 points.
First word: DETECTED.
Pangram: UNTUCKED.
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