Category Archives: NYT Spelling Bee

NYT Spelling Bee 8-11-20

This one wasn’t too bad. Got the pangram as the first word. I feel like there’s more I can do, so update will be later, either with new score or surrender.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-10-20 final

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

I got it finally. Finally, finally. My sister ( got to genius including the pangram while I was still tweeting at notaspellingbeeword ( shortly after midnight. Respect.

Final score for me: 25 words, 78 points.

Now I’ve this puzzle dead, and with my head
I go galumphing back.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-10-20

I haven’t yet gotten the pangram. I am struggling. But I got to genius for the first time WITHOUT it. I’m going to keep trying to get the pangram, but I think this accomplishment is pretty cool.

Also the notaspellingbeeword Twitter ( retweeted me this morning.

I’m trying to picture the person behind the account. Based on the mazal/mazel and gonif posts, I had figured Jewish male in his mid-50s. But the retweet-with-comment that referenced Fergie made me reconsider, and now I’m thinking he’s in his early 30s.

I know I just described myself, but I know I’m not the one who runs notaspellingbeeword because I’m in LA and not Toronto.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-8-20

Looks like I won’t finish this one, but I got close. I think I got three pangrams, and one was the first word I put down.

I’m ok with not having gotten to genius level now that my streak is over.

Ok who am I kidding? I’m not that ok with it, but I have nine mosquito bites on my right hand. Nine. From Thursday night.

Do. Not. Go. To. The. Valley.

Mosquitos for the loss.

Also they say panini is cool but panino isn’t. Ugh. It’s Apollo all over again.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-7-20 final

Aaaaand I’m back! Got to genius level early in the day, so I don’t expect there to be a follow-up final later. This was way easier than the puzzles for the past two days. I think this is a great one to end the week on.

I’m proud of my 29 words for a 143 points.

Once again, notaspellingbeeword ( and I ran into the same issue independently. The other day it was mazal/mazel. Today it was gonif. I feel like I’m in Fight Club, but I know I’m not, so I can talk about it. I’m happy notaspellingbeeword exists.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-6-20 final DNF

I worked all the way up to midnight, but I fell short for the first time since posting these. I just couldn’t get to the end. The final score was 140 points. Frustrated at its end, but I figured I’ll pick it up for the Friday puzzle. That post to follow.

It tends not to like things that are proper nouns, yet I missed Apollo, which is somehow OK. I don’t get it, so I didn’t get it.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-6-20

Wow there’s a big gap between amazing and genius. I’ve found 35 words, including the pangram. Total score so far is 119. I need at least 32 more points to close this one out.

As I tweeted to notaspellingbeeword ( this morning, it seems like NYT doesn’t care for The Godfather.

Weapon of choice for Michael’s Sicilian bodyguards