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NYT Spelling Bee 10-11-21 final

Today’s Dodger game was rough to take in. Lots of chances and no follow-through. The solo home run off Max Scherzer was enough to carry the Giants all the way, and the defense kept snuffing out would-be Dodger rallies. The wind with gusts that turned the sky to grays and browns did nothing to help the boys in blue put any runs on the board. Really disappointing, but maybe tomorrow will be better.

Yesterday I missed AGITA, ATILT, ATTAGIRL, IOTA, RAITA, RIOT, ROTI, ROTOTILL, TILT, TRATTORIA, and TRIO.

Meatier Misses

Some of these are real random words that show how ridic this thing is.

ARIL: Botany An extra seed-covering, typically colored and hairy or fleshy, e.g., the red fleshy cup around a yew seed.
GIRT: past participle of gird
GLIA/GLIAL: Anatomy The connective tissue of the nervous system, consisting of several different types of cell associated with neurons.
GRIOT: A member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
LITTORAL: Relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake.
OTALGIA: Medicine Earache.
TAIGA: The sometimes swampy coniferous forest of high northern latitudes, especially that between the tundra and steppes of Siberia and North America.

Today’s summary

Letters: FACILOR
Final score: 37 words for 149 points.
Genius minimum: 144 points.
First word: FRAIL.
Last word: COLORIFIC. That was a desperation play. I did not know that was a word.
Pangram: ???
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It’s like the Fail Whale, but also it’s not.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-10-21 final

Wow this Spelling Bee took a long time. I was going to give up when I had about 130 points, but I continued going. I got there at 11:09pm. Whew. Also first pitch for the Dodgers-Giants game is scheduled for 6:37 tomorrow evening. After Saturday night’s game, these two home games may be exciting!!!

Yesterday I missed EGGPLANT, ENGAGE, GALA, GALL, GLEN, GNAT, LEGATE, and TEENAGE.

Meatier Misses

PLANGENT: (of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone.

Etymology!

plangent (adj.)

“beating with a loud sound,” 1822, from Latin plangentem (nominative plangens), present participle of plangere “to strike, beat” (from PIE root *plak- (2) “to strike”). Related: Plangently; plangency.

AGATE: An ornamental stone consisting of a hard variety of chalcedony (quartz), typically banded in appearance.
GALANGAL: An Asian plant of the ginger family, the aromatic rhizome of which is widely used in cooking and herbal medicine.

Today’s summary

Letters: IAGLORT
Final score: 47 words for 188 points.
Genius minimum: 186 points.
First word: GORILLA.
Last word: LARIAT.
Pangrams: LITIGATOR, ALLIGATOR

NYT Spelling Bee 10-9-21 final

DODGERS WIN! DODGERS WIN! DODGERS WIN!!!!!! National League Division Series is tied up a 1. The next games are here in LA, but since there’s been some cold wind, we’ll see how many balls that normally are home runs stay in the park.

Yesterday I missed CONCOCT, CONFRONT, CONTORT, CONTORTION, CONTRITION, COTTON, FICTION, NONFICTION, RIOT, and TRICORN.

Meatier Misses

COIR: Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes and matting.


FINITO: Finished. Nonsensical that this is in here.
TORTONI: An Italian ice cream made with eggs and cream, typically served in a small cup and topped with chopped almonds or crumbled macaroons.

Today’s summary

Letters: GAELNPT
Final score: 40 words for 166 points.
Genius minimum: 162 points.
First word: PANG.
Pangram: ????
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NYT Spelling Bee 10-7-21 final

After 365 days of at least one post a day (though frequently more than one post a day), I’m on to year 2. Thanks for joining me for this ride!

Today has been gloomy, and it’s supposed to rain overnight about 0.05″. It’s enough to make everything slick and dangerous.

Yesterday I missed CACTI, LILT, TACTIC, TACT, TALI, TIDAL, and WATT.

Meatier Misses

DICTA: Plural of dictum-A formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.
DIDACT/DIDACTIC: Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
TWILIT: Dimly illuminated by or as if by twilight. Here because the shortened days mean the shift in when twilight rates at the golf courses start. You know, they charge less later in the day because you probably won’t finish, and it gets cold, so maybe you don’t wanna.

Today’s summary

Letters: RGNOPTU
Final score: 36 words for 121 points.
Genius minimum: 120 points.
First word: PRONTO.
Pangram: NOPE!
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NYT Spelling Bee 10-6-21 final

So today is the 365th day in a row of blogging. The consistency is thanks to my beautiful, caring wife, Calah, who encouraged me to blog daily to get out from the depths of my pandemic funk a year ago.

Yesterday I missed ALKALI, KICK, KILO, and TIKI.

Meatier (Chickenier?) Misses

KOLA: The seed of the cola tree, which contains caffeine and is chewed or made into a drink. I couldn’t for the life of me remember this word. I kept trying KOKA without success.
TIKKA:

Today’s summary

Letters: TACDILW
Final score: 24 words for 102 points.
Genius minimum: 102 points.
First word: TWIT.
Pangram: WILDCAT. I could have sworn that I’d tried this on my phone, and it did not take it.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-5-21 final

So it turns out that it DID rain last night, AND there was lightning like there hasn’t been lightning in Los Angeles in a long time. The thunder was so loud that the structure shook frequently.

Yesterday I missed ACAI, ACIDIC, DEICE, DEICED, EDDIED, IDEA, IMAM, MACADAMIA, MIDDAY.

Meatier Misses

DIADEM: A jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.

The A-Z of Jewelry: D is for… Diadem

Today’s summary

Letters: KACILOT
Final score: 25 words for 88 points.
Genius minimum: 72 points.
First word: COCKATOO.
Pangram: COCKTAIL.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-4-21 final

The Jewish holidays are over for now, so I’m back with the Spelling Bee. Woohoo! It’s been threating rain today in LA, and as of 3:30pm, it hasn’t rained in my part of town. Maybe by the end of the day we’ll have gotten the thunderstorms the government promised. Slight chance or no slight chance.

Yesterday I missed OPIOID, RIGID, RIGOR, and YOGI.

Meatier Misses

DIPPY: Stupid; foolish.
PIROGI: (Plural of pirog) Russian meat pies.

Somehow PIROG was not a word in the list, so I’m guessing it was a dumb spelling of pierogi. Now I’m in the mood for pierogi. I will make them for dinner. Well, I’ll heat them up. I got them from Costco.

PRIG: A self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others.

Today’s summary

Letters: IACDEMY
Final score: 35 words for 148 points.
Genius minimum: 137 points.
First word: ACADEMIC.
Pangram: IMMEDIACY.
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NYT Spelling Bee 8-31-21 final

It’s the last day of August! And as seems to be consistent with Los Angeles weather during the month, it rained today. As you know from my woodworking projects, I pay more attention to what’s put out on the street toward the end of a month because that’s when people move out and get rid of furniture. So they leave furniture out by the curb, and then it rains, and everything is damaged and I get nothing because I prefer not to pick up warped furniture.

Yesterday I missed both pangrams, ANNIHILATION and INHALATION, AIOLI (as usual), ALTO, ANON, ANTI, HALAL, INHALANT, INITIAL, INITIATION, IOTA, LANAI, LANOLIN, NATAL, TAHINI, TALI, TANNIN, and TITILLATION.

Meatier Misses

HATHA: YOGA! A yoga system of physical exercises and breathing control.
LANTANA: A tropical evergreen shrub of the verbena family, several kinds of which are cultivated as ornamentals. I never can remember this word. I always wonder what the thing is that is like ALANTA but isn’t. No amount of wracking my brains is enough.


NATANT: Swimming or floating.

Today’s summary

Letters: IEGHTWY
Final score: 16 words for 72 points.
Genius minimum: 69 points.
First word: EIGHTY.
Last word: WIGHT.
Pangram: WEIGHTY.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-30-21 final

Got to Amazing. The genius minimum was too high, and I had way more to do today than I had time to do. Calah and I got back from SLO this afternoon after a quick trip up. Her family is great, and I’m happy to be part of it.

Yesterday I missed BOOM, EMBLEM, and MELEE.

Meatier Misses

BIOME:
BOMBE:
MEZE:
MEZZE:
MEZZO:

Today’s summary

Letters: AHILNOT
Final score: 41 words for 155 points.
Genius minimum: 214 points.
First word: HALO.
Pangram: Nope.
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