Tag Archives: genius

NYT Spelling Bee 1-13-21 final

Hello from Day 55 of the current California COVID constant curfew. Soooooo the second impeachment of Donald Trump has happened! That’s crazy! Also Mitch McConnell saaaaaays he’s not going to call the senate back into session, but we know that if he has the votes that he will. Let’s hope he comes up with the votes.

I missed GIGOLO and RIGOR.

Meatier Misses

HOROLOGIC: Relating to the study and measurement of time.
CORGI: A dog of a short-legged breed with a foxlike head.

This is why this is in Meatier Misses.

ICHOR: A watery discharge from a wound.

Today’s summary

Final score: 43 words for 147 points.
Genius minimum: 125 points.


Final score: 44 words for 152 points.
Genius minimum: 125 points.
Newest word: LOOFA.
First word: AFOUL.
Pangram: FORMULA.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-12-21 final

This genius finish almost didn’t happen. I’m exhausted and had very little time to do the spelling bee. But at 11:08pm, I finally got the pangram. I hope this moment of clarity can spread to the US Senate. I’m so eager to return to a time when I don’t have to be hurt by the actions of our government at every moment.

Yesterday I missed LANAI and LULU.

Meatier Misses

ANNULI: Ring-shaped objects, structures, or regions.

It happens to teeth!

CALCULI: Particular methods or systems of calculation or reasoning.
CANNULA: A thin tube inserted into a vein or body cavity to administer medication, drain off fluid, or insert a surgical instrument.

Hospital slammed for sending man home with cannula still in his arm. OMGGGGG EW EW EW EW!

CAUL: The amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.
FAUNAL: Relating to the animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.
FILIAL: Relating to or due from a son or daughter.
INFILL: Material that fills or is used to fill a space or hole.
LACUNA: An unfilled space; a gap. Seems like you could use some infill!
LUNULA: The white area at the base of a fingernail.

Today’s summary

Final score: 26 words for 107 points.
Genius minimum: 101 points.
First word: CHILL.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-11-21 final

Hello from Day 53 of the current California COVID constant curfew. There was way less political action than I had thought there would be.

I missed a bunch yesterday. Easy ones were ALTAR, AORTA, AORTAL, ATTRACTOR, CARAT, TALC, TALL, TARTAR, and TROT.

In other news, I failed to mention that I got yesterday’s second pangram: DOCTORAL.

Meatier Misses

ATTAR: A fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.
COACT: to act or work together. In an early draft, Trump said: “I didn’t coact, and I didn’t obstruct.”
COACTOR: one who acts with another. “I was the only actor. And I was perfect. There were NO coactors!”
DOTARD: An old person, especially one who has become physically weak or whose mental faculties have declined. Get him out!
TOCCATA: A musical composition for a keyboard instrument designed to exhibit the performer’s touch and technique. I knew this but forgot it.

Today’s summary

Final score: 40 words for 158 points.
Genius minimum: 155 points.
First word: CALF.
Pangram: FANCIFUL.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-10-21 final

Hello from Day 52 of the current California COVID constant curfew. Tomorrow will be a crazy day in the house. I looked this evening and saw nothing on the schedule, but that ought to change by morning.


Meatier Misses

CLOACA: A common cavity at the end of the digestive tract for the release of both excretory and genital products in vertebrates (except most mammals) and certain invertebrates. Specifically, the cloaca is present in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and monotremes.

More on a clucker’s cloaca.

OCOTILLO: A spiny scarlet-flowered desert shrub of the southwestern US and Mexico, which is sometimes planted as a hedge.

It’s officially the Plant of the Week. I just don’t know which week.

The team behind Ocotillo opened a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. Here’s what to expect:

Here’s where we all feign surprise at two words on the menu: HORCHATA and TORTA.

Today’s summary

Final score: 48 words for 191 points.
Genius minimum: 183 points.
First word: CATARACT.
Pangram: CARTLOAD.

Every damn time.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-9-21 final

Hello from Day 51 of the current California COVID constant curfew. Today was quite the day! Another 737 went down, Kim Jong Un is singing from his Greatest Hits album about how he’s going to destroy America, and Republican senators are turning on the president.

Yesterday I missed DONEE, NODE, and ODEON as easier words.

Meatier Misses

AEON: A ridiculous way to spell EON.
HODAD: a nonsurfer who frequents surfing beaches and pretends to be a surfer. Wait, WHAT?! How did THIS make it in? Keep in mind that real words like TORTA, HORCHATA, AROAR, MOLAL, TALIT, MAZEL, MAZAL, and many others are conspicuously absent, but we have HODAD?
HOODOO: A run of bad luck associated with a particular person, group, or activity. Alternatively, a column or pinnacle of weathered rock. Pretty much the same.

Thor’s Hammer in Bryce Canyon National State Park. Wow.

Today’s summary

Final score: 55 words for 184 points.
Genius minimum: 181 points.
First word: CALICO.
Pangram: COCKTAIL.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-8-21 final

Hello from Day 50 of the current California COVID constant curfew. At 10am, there’s still a lot of confusion as to what’s going to happen in Washington.

Yesterday I had thought I was like a word or two off of Queen Bee, but that was incorrect. I missed by three words.

I probably should have gotten CONIC. I got ICONIC. I could have gotten the non-Mac version, too.

Meatier Misses

CHIGNON: A knot or coil of hair arranged on the back of a woman’s head.

Once again, reading my blog is entertaining (debatable) and informative.

CIOPPINO: An Italian American stew of seafood cooked with tomatoes and wine.

Photo of a serving big enough just for one… because they’re shellfish.

Today’s summary

Final score: 26 words for 107 points.
Genius minimum: 92 points.
First word: HOOF.

Oops! Used #nyspellingbee instead of #nyTspellingbee. :/

NYT Spelling Bee 1-7-21 final

Hello from Day 49 of the current California COVID constant curfew.  This day hasn’t ended any better than it started.

I tried for Queen Bee today, but I missed… somewhere.  I’ll soon find out what I didn’t get.


Meatier Misses

TWEE: British Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.  When you have to go to British slang, something’s wrong.
TWILIT: Dimly illuminated by or as if by twilight.  Ugh.

Today’s summary

Final score: 40 words for 221 points.
Genius minimum: 169 points.
First word: COCOON.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-6-21 final

Hello from Day 48 of the current California COVID constant curfew. And holy crap what a day it’s been. Truly terrifying. This is not the America I know. I was taken by surprise that the Capitol was breached. Until this evening, I hadn’t watched Trump’s stream-of-consciousness incitement to violence. I feel like puking.

Yesterday I missed CIRRI, CLINIC, CYNIC, LION, LOIN, and NOIR.

Meatier Misses

COIN: Only to point out that there is a coin shortage.
CRYONIC: Relating to the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have just died, in the hope that scientific advances may allow them to be revived in the future. I don’t blame them for wanting to be woken up when all this is over.
NONILLION: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
RILL: A small stream.

Looks funny enough to make it worth the border.

ROILLY: (chiefly of water) muddy; turbulent.

Today’s summary

Final score: 17 words for 81 points.
Genius minimum: 74 points.
First word: WHITTLE.


I did a report about Zachary Taylor in middle school.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-5-21 final

Hello from Day 47 of the current California COVID constant curfew. What a day this has been! We’ll find out later what the results are from the Georgia elections, but that it’s even this close is amazing.

Yesterday I missed ACACIA, ACAI, CHAI, and CHIC.

Meatier Misses

ACACIA: A tree or shrub of warm climates that bears spikes or clusters of yellow or white flowers and is frequently thorny. I know I’ve missed this one before. Oh, yeah. The Lion King tree. One of these days I’ll get it.

Acacia tree nail polish! That is the business!

CANID: A mammal of the dog family (Canidae).
CANNA: A tropical American plant with bright flowers and ornamental broad, flat leaves. OK so there’s calla lily and canna lily? All right. Noted.
DACHA: A country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or vacation home. Chances Mitch McConnell has one of these? Some.
INDICA: A subspecies of the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa indica, having a short stem and broad leaves and grown mainly for use in drugs. Good to know that weed variants are captured here but still no HORCHATA and no TORTA. That’s just rude not to have snacks.
INDICIA: formal Signs, indications, or distinguishing marks.

Update! NYT and WSJ have said that Warnock has sent Loeffler packing.

Today’s summary

Final score: 26 words for 109 points.
Genius minimum: 106 points.
First word: ICILY.
Pangram: CORNILY.

Massive response to the Coolio tweet. And it almost didn’t even happen.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-4-21 final

Hello from Day 46 of the current California COVID constant curfew. It’s only Monday, but it feels like this week is going by so quickly. If at least 40 people explain that to me by Wednesday, January 6, 2021, one of you will be selected to win a #raabidfun T-shirt. Winner will get a one-time-use code to use on my Etsy store. Drawing open only to entrants who are both in the USA and over the age of 18.

Yesterday I missed OOMPH, POEM, and POOH as easier ones.

Meatier Misses

OHMAGE: Electrical resistance as expressed in ohms. Oh! It’s not an alternate spelling of HOMAGE. It’s a word pronounced OHWM-idge.
OOMPAH: Used to refer to the rhythmical sound of deep-toned brass instruments in a band.
OPAH: A large deep-bodied fish with a deep blue back, silvery belly, and crimson fins, living in deep oceanic waters.

Three papas and three opahs. I won’t tell you which are which.

POME: A fruit consisting of a fleshy enlarged receptacle and a tough central core containing the seeds, e.g., an apple or pear.

Today’s summary

Final score: 22 words for 95 points.
Genius minimum: 92 points.
First word: CHAIN

Not a lot of Cannondale fans out there, I guess.
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That’s not nice!
This is the island I saw from my dorm room at UCSB.