The day was good, but the puzzle was bad. I cleared enough to get to genius level, but the word list was short, and readers of this blog know that I don’t want to spend the day wondering what letters even make up real words anymore.
On the other hand, I’ve been so busy today that I didn’t have time to do a long puzzle, so I guess that’s a win.
Final score: 19 words for 53 points, the minimum for genius level.
I keep pushing to max out the list but can’t seem to get there.
Today I got 42 words for 182 points. Genius minimum was 163.
It is frustrating not to know the upper bound. Yesterday I missed by four words, but I never was going to get HIATAL and TABLA. I should have gotten BLAH and BATHTUB. I don’t want to know the upper bound, though.
I found some more and once again thought of attempting to finish the list, but I figured it was just as well to stop when I ran out of ideas.
This weekend is going to be a scorcher here in Southern California, and the awful weather has begun already. They’re saying there may be a blackout tomorrow when the temperature is supposed to reach 105. That is insanity. I’ve got some water bottles in the freezer in preparation, either to leave in there to keep everything frozen or put on my neck so I survive.
My fiancee is from the valley, so she’s not bothered by any of this. I do not understand.
I found half a dozen additional words that were accepted, and while I had thought about trying to get everything in the list, the amount of scandal makes it not worth pursuing anymore.
Even though today’s puzzle was much smaller than yesterday’s, the drama surrounding it made it more fun. It’s like we came together as a community to cry foul.
Everything is so stressful now that I think I really needed today’s united reactions of outrage. You know, for my own sanity. I hope that it was to the benefit of others, too, but I appreciate everyone who helped make my day better.