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NYT Spelling Bee 11-6-20 final

Whew! A fun one today! I thought I’d continue to try to get Queen Bee, but I have better/other things to do.

To yesterday!

Easy misses: ARUGALA, LULU.
Annoying ones: GOOGOL, LOGROLL
New ones:
ALARUM: OK, WHAT. Archaic term for alarm. Get outta here, NYTSB. SMH.
AUGURAL: Another archaic word! Keep in mind no HORCHATA and no TORTA, words we use today. This means acting as an omen.
LOGOGRAM: A sign or character representing a word or phrase, such as those used in shorthand and some writing systems.

Back to today!

Final score: 30 words for 171 points.
Genius minimum: 151 points.
First word: DINO
Pangram: CONDITIONING
Missed opportunity: DOODOO

WSJ Crossword 10-19-20 Complete

You’ll notice that I am no longer posting the solution as the main image of the crossword blog posts. That’s going to continue from here on out. Shoutout to Lynn for setting me straight when I was only one post in.

I now remember how different the WSJ logic is. It’s most certainly less fun.

11A Chocolate substitute: CAROB

This one stands out to me because when I was a child, my mom would pack some like soy-based drink flavored with carob when I was a child. It came in a pouch, I think. If anyone knows of this drink and what it’s called, please let me know!

The title of this crossword is One for the Money
52A Sport to stash your cash, and a feature of 15-, 20-, 33- and 45-Across: HIDDENSAFE.
15A Feels warm to the touch, say: RUN(SAFE)VER
20A Fights with someone: GOE(SAFE)WROUNDS
33A Weighing almost nothing: LIGHTA(SAFE)ATHER
45A Homicide and kidnapping, often: CLAS(SAFE)LONIES

I finished this puzzle in 10:02. I think that’s above my average time, but I’m going to start keeping track of my WSJ stats on my own because that feature is not provided.

First blog post ever

I don’t even know how many people are going to be reading this, but I was convinced by my fiancé that I should give it a go…so…here is my first blog post. Ever.

I suppose I should introduce myself first: Hello internet. My name is Calah (pronounced like Kayla). I am engaged to Matt. I am currently studying for my dual MSN and DNP degrees for my AG-ACNP license (nurse practitioner).

In case you’d like to see me figure out how to operate a Twitter account, you can click here .

Also thanks to Matt, I have recently started working on the NYT Spelling Bee (he has a lot of good ideas). I’m not very good at it, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t have fun with it (double negative FTW). For example:

I had a good laugh with this one. I also got Matt to chuckle, so I’d call this a win.

Or this:

Then there are times when my medical training helps me pick out some real words, but they aren’t accepted. THE NERVE!

They DID accept aorta, so I wasn’t THAT mad…

Or this:

This is the acidic-enzymatic-partially digested food bolus that moves from your stomach into your duodenum (small intestine). Yummy.

Since I have started working on the Spelling Bee, I have yet to find more than 22 words. I feel like I should be better at this?

I’m finding that I am more entertained with making ridiculous words up or finding medical terminology…maybe that’s what I’ll share here from time to time?

Have a good night internet.

New domain name for the blog, I guess

You may be wondering what happened to the raabidfun.wordpress.com site and why it’s now called thatshiphassunk.com. Well, I get a free domain name for a year with my WordPress site.

The name came out of a conversation I had with my fiancee. I don’t remember the entire conversation, but I think I had eaten the rest of some food, and she still wanted some. Oops.

So that ship had sunk rather than sailed. It was not coming back.

Now, I had wanted just to buy the domain name and not have it as the title of this blog. WordPress had told me that I could do that. But I never had the chance to stop it before it took over this site.

Now I have to figure out how to get email to it.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-1-20

Wow this pangram was tough to get. Luckily, my sister (www.twitter.com/raablauren) came to my aid to reassure me that it is a word I know.

So after some time of frustration and some pretty gross and incorrect guesses, I finally got there.

Along the way, I got words like uncock, which is fine if you think of it in sense of a gun and not think of in the context of a not-so-surehanded mohel.

NYT Crossword Special June 2020 Great Outdoors Month Complete

This puzzle had too many of the same clues/answers from July’s special puzzle. I say that because I did them in this order. In reality, July’s is the one I should have a problem with.

This puzzle made me kinda sad because I miss being able to go to places. COVID is really bringing me down. I had gone on some bike rides with my fiancee, but the tires were falling apart, so I ordered new ones. That was back in early July. The tires were supposed to arrive at the latest yesterday, but the postal service tracking still shows that it is at the pre-shipment stage. The seller assured me that the tires had been sent out, so I don’t know why it’s not in the system when the label says it’s priority mail. Not pointing any fingers except to the bike that is not safe to ride without new tires.