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.
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.
Final score: 28 words for 145 points. Genius minimum: 141 points. First word: POLYGAMY. Pangram: POLYGAMY. Tweet:
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.
INAPT: Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances. PICCATA: Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley and butter.
Final score: 41 points for 123 points. Genius minimum: 123 points. First word: HEMATITE. Pangram: MEGAHIT. Tweet:
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.
OCULI: Many of a round or eye-like opening or design.
Final score: 29 words for 138 points. Genius minimum: 137 points. First word: CAPACITY. Pangram: CAPTAINCY. Tweets:
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.
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.
Final score: 42 words for 183 points. Genius minimum: 180 points. First word: MACHINE. Pangrams: MACHINE, MECHANIC.
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.
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.
Final score: 35 words for 131 points. Genius minimum: 130 points. First word: RAPTOR. Pangram: PHOTOGRAPH. Tweet:
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.
I knew all the words that I missed!
Final score: 48 words for 151 points. Genius minimum: 151 points. First word: BOBBLE. Pangram: ANKLEBONE. Tweet:
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.
EDUCE/D: formal Bring out or develop (something latent or potential).
Final score: 37 words for 148 points. Genius minimum: 146 points. First word: CARBONARA. Pangram: CORNBALL. Tweets:
The rule of threes. Yesterday Jessica Walter. Today Larry McMurty and Beverly Cleary. I hadn’t heard of Larry McMurty, but still sad. I’m getting ready to take a three-day break for Passover, and I’m kinda scrambling to write this post.
Yesterday I didn’t miss any easy words. That’s exciting for me because it’s the closest I’ve gotten to Queen Bee in a while, and I don’t recognize the missed words.
GEWGAW: A showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless.
early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, of uncertain origin, possibly connected with Old French gogue “rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game;” or jou-jou “toy,” baby-talk word, from jouer “to play,” from Latin jocare (see joke (n.)).
WIGWAG/WIGWAGGING: North American informal Move to and fro. I had not heard of this.
Final score: 33 words for 107 points. Genius minimum: 106 points. First word: CHICKPEA. Pangram: GARBANZO. Tweets: