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NYT Spelling Bee 8-2-21 final

I did get my suits from Indochino today! After a little bit of a freakout because things were pulling weird, it turned out that I just had to cut the threads that had bound the jacket flap. It looks like I’ll have something to wear to the wedding! Less than two weeks, Calah! They’re airing out now because they have kind of a factory smell. It’s dissipated some.

Yesterday I missed ACCLAIM, AIOLI, AMYL, CALMLY, CIAO, CLAY, COCA, CYCLICAL, CYCLICALLY, ILIAC, LACY, LAMA, LILAC, MAIM, MICA, and MOOLA.

Meatier Misses

ACYCLIC: Not displaying or forming part of a cycle.
LOAM/LOAMY: I’ll let Todd explain.

Today’s summary

Letters: ABILTVY
Final score: 33 words for 157 points.
Genius minimum: 155 points.
First word: BIALY.
Pangram: AVAILABILITY.

NYT Spelling Bee 8-1-21 final

Today I slept in, and that turned out really well for my exhausted legs after yesterday’s seven-mile walk. Calah and I worked on some wedding stuff, and it’s exciting that at this time in two weeks, my left hand will be a little heavier.

Yesterday I missed ALOE, APACE, APPELLEE, BEEP, BELLE, BOBBLE, CAPE, EPEE, LAPEL, LOCALE, OBOE, PALACE, PEAL, PEEL, PLEA, PLEB, and PLEBE.

Meatier Misses

ALLOCABLE: Able to be distributed.
EPEE:

PAELLA:

He pronounces words really all wrong. It’s horrible.
¡Ahora estamos hablando!


Today’s summary

Letters: ACILMOY
Final score: 43 words for 169 points.
Genius minimum: 169 points.
First word: CALICO.
Last word: LIMA.
Pangram: COMICALLY.

NYT Spelling Bee 7-30-21 final

The weekend is upon us! In two weekends, Calah and I will be getting married. Woohoo! Still a ton to do before then, but August 15 isn’t waiting for anyone.

Yesterday I missed IMMUNIZING, MIMING, MINGLING, MINIM, MINIMIZING, MINIMUM, NUZZLING, and ZING.

Meatier Misses

ILIUM: The large broad bone forming the upper part of each half of the pelvis.


LIMN/LIMNING: literary Depict or describe in painting or words.

ETYMOLOGY!!!!!

limn (v.)

early 15c., “to illuminate” (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, “to illuminate manuscripts” (late 14c.), from Old French luminer “light up, illuminate,” from Latin luminare “illuminate, burnish,” from lumen (genitive luminis) “radiant energy, light,” related to lucere “to shine,” from PIE *leuk-smen-, suffixed form of root *leuk- “light, brightness.” Figurative sense of “portray, depict” first recorded 1590s. Related: Limnedlimner.

Today’s summary

Letters: IGLMNUZ
Final score: 32 words for 168 points.
Genius minimum: 168 points.
First word: AGONY.
Pangram: POLYGONAL.

NYT Spelling Bee 7-29-21 final

I ordered some suits from Indochino for the wedding that’s coming up in a couple weeks (omg!), and they’re still not here. Well, really, it’s only one suit that’s for the wedding. The other suit is just another suit. They’re supposed to fit right out of the box because there’s the measuring aspect in advance of the orders, but they offer free alterations to get the fit just perfect. I don’t know how mine will turn out, and they have shipped from the Indochino factory in China. Now, instead of being flown out from China directly to LA–which would make sense for a Los Angeles delivery–they shipped the suits with DHL to a hub in Cincinnati, Ohio. I imagine that the reason for that is bulk rate over the Pacific and then it’s just domestic logistics after that. It’s pretty smart, but the suits shipped out Thursday of last week and ostensibly cleared customs. But that last update was on Tuesday.

This shipment is handled by: DHL Express
Tracking Code: (yeah, right!)

Further Detail
Shipment has been given a release by Customs.

Next Step
Unless there is an adhoc exam or a stop by another regulatory authority the shipment will proceed to delivery

But that was July, 27 2021 (sic) 20:28 Local time | Service Area CINCINNATI HUB, OH – USA. I’m awaiting an update.

Yesterday I missed ADDITION, ANON, DINO, DITTO, INITIATION, IOTA, and OATH.

Meatier Misses

DHOTI: A garment worn by male Hindus, consisting of a piece of material tied around the waist and extending to cover most of the legs.


HOODOO: A religion practiced in parts of the Caribbean and the southern US and characterized by sorcery and spirit possession; voodoo.

Today’s summary

Letters: IGLMNUZ
Final score: 26 words for 182 points.
Genius minimum: 179 points.
First word: GINNING.
Pangram: MUZZLING and UNMUZZLING.

NYT Spelling Bee 7-28-21 final

The weather here has been absurd. It was record highs and then heavy downpour, and now we’re back to 80 with 60% relative humidity. Tonight that humidity is topped off with cold gusts. Deny climate change all you want, but this isn’t what I grew up with.

Yesterday I missed CHICHI, ETHIC, HECTIC, ITCH, ITCHED, and WHEW.

Meatier Misses

HIED: Went quickly.
WHIT: A very small part or amount.
WHEE:

Today’s summary

Letters: OAHINOT
Final score: 24 words for 113 points.
Genius minimum: 106 points.
First word: DONATION.
Pangram: NATIONHOOD.
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NYT Spelling Bee 7-27-21 final

I learned a thing about how to get the smell out of a nonstick saucepan! Last night Calah made a reduction sauce for chicken and used oregano as an ingredient. The saucepan then smelled like oregano. All I had to do was fill the saucepan with water and top it off with some white vinegar, bring it to a boil, dump it out. No more oregano odor! You are welcome.

Yesterday I missed the pangram, CLICKABLE, ACAI (like always), KICKBACK, LIBELEE, LIKEABLE, and LILAC.

Meatier Misses

BAILEE: A person or party to whom goods are delivered for a purpose, such as custody or repair, without transfer of ownership. I’d expected it to be someone who is bailed out of jail.
ILIAC: Relating to the ilium or the nearby regions of the lower body.

LABILE: technical Liable to change; easily altered.

labile (adj.)

mid-15c., “prone to lapse,” from Latin labilis, from labi “to slip” (see lapse (n.)). Hence, in chemistry, “prone to undergo displacement” (c. 1600).

Today’s summary

Letters: HCDEITW
Final score: 33 words for 151 points.
Genius minimum: 125 points.
First word: HITCHED (18 days away!)
Pangram: TWITCHED.

NYT Spelling Bee 7-26-21 final

Ever have the feeling that you’re going to write your Spelling Bee blog post and then drift off to sleep only to realize that you still have more than 40 points till the genius minimum? No? Well I am reminded again tonight that I don’t know that life.

Yesterday I missed EMBLEM, MELON, MEOW, MEWL, and MOLL.

Meatier Misses

BOMBE: A frozen dome-shaped dessert.


BOWMEN: Archers..


I didn’t know archery was so big in South Korea!

Today’s summary

Letters: IABCEKL
Final score: 37 words for 170 points.
Genius minimum: 162.
First word: ALIBI.
Last word: BALALAIKA.
Pangram: Nooo idea!

NYT Spelling Bee 7-25-21 final

Wow today was humid and hot. I am beat. And wedding planning is still crazy, even though the attendance will be minimal. But they say thunderstorms tomorrow, so yay! Get them out of the way, please!

Yesterday I missed COCCI, COIN, COMIC, MIMIC, MINIM, MINIMUM, OMIT, TUITION, TUNIC, TUTTI, and UNIT.

Meatier Misses

MONOTONIC:


TOMTIT:


Today’s summary

Letters: MBELNOW
Final score: 19 words for 69
Genius minimum: 66 points.
First word: ENNOBLE.
Pangram: NOBLEWOMEN.
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NYT Spelling Bee 7-24-21

24/7 ALL DAY.

Yesterday I missed DETECTIVE, DIETETIC, DUETTED, ETUDE, IVIED, TIED, VETTED, and VIVID.

Meatier Misses

DEICE/D: Remove ice from.
DEICIDE: The killing of a god.
EDUCE/D: formal Bring out or develop (something latent or potential)
EIDETIC: Psychology Relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible.

eidetic (adj.)

“pertaining to the faculty of projecting images,” 1924, from German eidetisch, coined by German psychologist Erich Jaensch, from Greek eidetikos “pertaining to images,” also “pertaining to knowledge,” from eidesis “knowledge,” from eidos “form, shape” (see -oid).


Today’s summary

Letters: ICMNOTU
Final score: 26 words for 145 points.
Genius minimum: 145 points.
First word: COMMIT. (21 more days!)
Pangram: CONTINUUM.

NYT Spelling Bee 7-23-21 final

The end of a long week! Yay! I’ll save time on this intro by just saying that you should watch the The Catalpa Tree Update video in its entirety.

Yesterday I missed CLINICIAN, LILAC, LILT, PLIANT.

Meatier Misses

CATALPA: A tree with large heart-shaped leaves, clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, and long, slender seed pods, native to North America and eastern Asia and cultivated as an ornamental.

The video just gets better and better. Watch it all the way through. Maybe speed it up to 2x.

LANTANA: A tropical evergreen shrub of the verbena family, several kinds of which are cultivated as ornamentals.

Like, a REALLY big problem!


PALAPA: A traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches.
PALATAL: technical Relating to the palate.
PALP: Each of a pair of elongated segmented appendages near the mouth of an arthropod, usually concerned with the senses of touch and taste.
PAPILLA: A small rounded protuberance on a part or organ of the body.
PINTAIL: A mainly migratory duck with a pointed tail.

Today’s summary

Letters: DCEITUV
Final score: 48 words for 226 points.
Genius minimum:
First word: DECEIVE.
Pangram: DEDUCTIVE.
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