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NYT Spelling Bee 9-20-20

So after Rosh Hashanah ended this evening, I went to work on this puzzle. I raced through a shocking number of pangrams and on to genius. I thought that this time I could go all the way.

Now I’m stuck. It’s a horrible feeling when you’ve hit a wall well in excess of minimum genius level. Every additional word found seems like it should be the last, but it just isn’t. I have a short amount of time before the day rolls over to tomorrow, but this is one of those really annoying ones.

So far 36 words for 203 points. And genius was way back at 149.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-17-20 final

This one is in the books. A little beyond the minimum for genius.

Final score: 32 words for 111 points.

I don’t blame myself for missing FLATFOOT, FLOODWALL, FOOTFALL, and FOOTWALL yesterday. Chrome gives me a red squiggly for floodwall and footwall, so I call shenanigans on that.

OFFLOAD and TWOFOLD are words I should have gotten.

Now for the next puzzle.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-15-20

So yesterday the word I missed was GOOGOL. I won’t be forgetting that one again.

Today I decided to try something else, since I had gotten so close to finishing everything. I figured I’d try to get everything today. Ambitious, I know. It likely will be unsuccessful, but why not?

So far I’ve gotten beyond the minimum genius level. I’m at 46 words for 172 points.

It’s a shame that COCKATOO does not include the center R.

NYT Spelling Bee 9-14-20 update

After the earlier post, I had a breakthrough and got way beyond the minimum genius level.

I happened upon a tweet of someone who got all the answers to today’s puzzle, and that meant I saw the max count and score. I would have preferred not to see that, but I can’t unsee it, either.

That led me to keep pounding away, and now I have a single word left, and I don’t know what it is. I’m tearing out my hair because I know there’s just one more, and I haven’t yet gotten it.

And it’s not GALAGA, which is also a shame.

I’ve blacked out the total since I’ve disclosed the above information.

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 9-11-20 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.



and MINI stuff.


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.