Category Archives: NYT Spelling Bee

NYT Spelling Bee 9-14-20

Argh! I am struggling today. And I feel like I’m in GAOL and can’t get out.

So far I only have 12 words for 26 points. I don’t know if it’s the poor air quality or the terrible Costco hold music, which apparently I can get tired of dancing to and trying to pick out on my guitar with increasing success. It’s no Opus No. 1.

I must be able to have a breakthrough somewhere and some point, but it’s hasn’t happened so far.

There’s no GOOGOO, there’s no GABAGOOL, there’s no BLAGO, and while I was tempted to get him to say how angry he was, I’m not going to shell out $80 for him to record that.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-13-20 final

I crossed the plane with TUTTI.

That reminds me of a story from college:

My college roommate Darren and I were walking from our dorm to the dining commons across campus for late night food, as that was the only one open for a meal close to midnight.

As we walked on the path past the lagoon on the UCSB campus, Darren seemingly out of nowhere said, “Tutti frutti.”

This seemed out of character because I had not heard Darren say that before, talkative as he might be.

I asked for clarification. He gestured to a cardboard box.

“Tutti Frutti,” he repeated.

“Oh,” I said, having only then seen the packages label.

To our disappointment, the box was empty. But we continued on to dine on soft serve, grilled cheese, fries, etc.

That led to our investigation into the name of the flavor. It was brief. It just means all fruits.

Final score: 25 words for 117 points.

Next puzzle starts in a minute.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-13-20

That TAURI isn’t an acceptable word is a lot of bulls!

With ULTRA in there, it would seem like possibilities are endless. But they’re not.

I’m at 20 words for 104 points.

The smoke from the fires is getting to me. My eyes hurt. My head aches. I gotta power through this one, but it’s so much tougher than it should be.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-11-20 final

Lots of troubles with this puzzle. For some reason GEMINI is not allowed while APOLLO routinely is. WEEWEE also got the thumbs-down, as did MINGE, a word I learned as a child from South Park (NSFW). GOONIE was rejected–another disappointment. No luck for EMINEM, either. And I guess they didn’t remember WENN.

That’s all from me today.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Final score: 27 words for 97 points.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-10-20 final

This puzzle was the worst when it came to omitted answers. Things that end in MAN were left out.

That included VANMAN, TANMAN, RAINMAN, RATMAN, MARTMAN, MIRMAN, and lesser-known ANTMAN.

TINTIN, RINTINTIN, NARNIA, too.

and MINI stuff.

MINIMAN, MINIMART, MINIMARTIAN, MINITARTAN, MINITANTRA. You get the idea, so no more MINIRANT.

Many mini ideas. Many mega disappointment.

No ATIVAN given because none accepted.

Final score: 37 (accepted) words for 186 points.

New game starts in a minute.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-9-20 final

The day was good, but the puzzle was bad. I cleared enough to get to genius level, but the word list was short, and readers of this blog know that I don’t want to spend the day wondering what letters even make up real words anymore.

On the other hand, I’ve been so busy today that I didn’t have time to do a long puzzle, so I guess that’s a win.

Final score: 19 words for 53 points, the minimum for genius level.

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