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NYT Spelling Bee 6-19-21 final

It’s Juneteenth today. I am among those who had not heard of Juneteenth until recently. The Atlanta episode about it is very well done. I saw it last year, and now I see that it’s half a decade old. I used to wish my friend Mitchell a happy 6/19 because he’s from San Diego, and the are code is 619. Now I know more.

Yesterday I missed ALTAR (after bragging about getting all the wedding words), ATILT, LAITY, MARTYR, RARITY, RATTAIL, RATTLY, TATAMI, TRIAL, and TRIMLY.

Meatier Misses

LARIAT: A rope used as a lasso or for tethering.

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MITRAL: Denoting or relating to the mitral valve.
TAMARI: A variety of rich, naturally fermented soy sauce.

Today’s summary

Letters: MACGHIN
Final score: 31 words for 186 points.
Genius minimum: 176 points.
First word: MACHINING.
Pangrams: MACHINIG, CHIMICHANGA.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-18-21 final

Well the stock market sure went all crazy this week! Closing down a bunch, which is fine, I guess. I have had confidence in oil for the moment (that is to say before we all ditch fossil fuels completely by the year 2095), but the market may prove me very, very wrong.

Also the new Spelling Bee app doesn’t show the updated genius status. What a ripoff. Get it together, Ezersky!

Yesterday I missed CITING, ENTENTE, GENE, ICING, IGNITE, IGNITING, INNIE, NENE, NEXT, NIECE, NITE, TEEING, TEXTING, TINCT, TINE, TINGEING, and TINT.

Memorable Makes

Since the words I listed are words we all know, I figured I’d use this time to point out a couple big successes.

First, I got NINE and NINETEEN. That’s pretty much never happened in the history of the world.

Second, today I got words related to betrothal. MARITAL, MARITALLY, and TIARA (amirite about that last one, fellas?!). Certain to make Calah happy that I remembered marriage words. If I don’t post on Sunday, she didn’t care for the last one, so send help, please.

Today’s summary

Letters: TAILMRY
Final score: 41 words for 196 points.
Genius minimum: 190 points.
First word: MILITARY.
Pangrams: MILITARY, MARITALLY, MARTIALLY, MILITARILY.

NYT Spelling Bee 6-17-21 final

I went back to learning Python yesterday after a hiatus of longer than I’d like to admit. I stared to look some things up on google, and then the screen tipped back, and google asked me if I wanted to play. I was invited to google foobar! I haven’t yet started it because I want to get through the things I’m trying to get through, but I think it pretty cool. My dad has been talking about how google invites him to foobar every so often, so finally I got to tell him that it happened to me, too.

Also did anyone else notice the change to the Spelling Bee in the android app?

Yesterday I missed ARIDITY, ARTY, CACTI, DATA, DIDACT, DIDACTIC, DRAT, TARRY, TARTAR, and TRAY.

Meatier Misses

ATTAR: A fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.
DIACRITIC: A sign, such as an accent or cedilla, which when written above or below a letter indicates a difference in pronunciation from the same letter when unmarked or differently marked.
DICTA: Many of a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.
RAITA: An Indian side dish of yogurt containing chopped cucumber or other vegetables, and spices.

Today’s summary

Letters: NCEGITX
Final score: 32 words for 183 points.
Genius minimum: 180 points.
First word: EXTINCT.
Pangram: ENTICING.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-16-21 final

Today was the second Spectrum outages. Today they said it was a node issue. Yesterday they said that the issue I was having required a technician to come out to me. Right. That’s gonna happen for a thing that isn’t an issue on my end.

Yesterday I missed BATBOY, BAYOU, BONY, BUYOUT, NANNY, OATY, TABBY, and YUAN.

Meatier Misses

BANYAN: An Indian fig tree whose branches produce aerial roots that later become accessory trunks. A mature tree may cover several acres in this manner.

I know this tree but wanted to share pictures of it. Especially now that I have captions back.

From lahainatown.com.

This banyan tree in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii covers almost two acres and has 16 trunks. It was planted in 1873.

And they light it each December after 6500 lights are strung through it.

Today’s summary

Letters: TACDIRY
Final score: 33 words for 158 points.
Genius minimum: 156 points.
First word: DART.
Pangram: ACRIDITY.

NYT Spelling Bee 6-15-21 final

Hot, hot day in LA. First day of California’s reopening. Wow! And at the same time, Spectrum decided to be garbage all day. Not at all moments. But like 90-second outages at random intervals. It’s just long enough for it to make everything stop working and long enough where there’s a question as to whether it’s worth putting up with the slower speed of a hotspot from my phone.

Also I got notified that I have 500 likes of my posts! Cool! Thanks, everyone!

Yesterday I missed DROLL, FALLOFF, ODDBALL, OFFLOAD, and ROLLBAR.

Meatier Misses

BOLA: (especially in South America) a weapon consisting of a number of balls connected by strong cord, which when thrown entangles the limbs of the quarry.
DOLOR: literary A state of great sorrow or distress.

Related, from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

Dolores

fem. proper name, from Spanish Maria de los Dolores, literally “Mary of the Sorrows,” from plural of dolor, from Latin dolor “pain, sorrow,” perhaps from PIE root *delh- “to chop” “under the assumption than ‘pain’ was expressed by the feeling of ‘being torn apart'” [de Vaan]. 

LARBOARD: archaic term for port (as opposed to starboard).

Today’s summary

Letters:
Final score: 19 word for 96 points.
Genius minimum:
First word: BUOYANT.
Last word: BOOTY.
Pangram: BUOYANT.

My friend Daniel told me this joke years ago: “How can you tell if an ant is male or female? [OK, how CAN you tell?] You put it in water. If it sinks, it’s a girl, and if it floats, it’s a boy-ant.” We were in our late-20s when he told me this joke.

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NYT Spelling Bee 6-14-21 final

Clippers won tonight, including this amazing dunk by Kawhi Leonard!

There’s really not much more I can add to that. I have to stop myself from just watching that video on loop in order to write this post.

Yesterday I missed TOWNHOME (the other pangram), ENTENTE, MENTEE, MONTH, MOTEL, ONTO, TEEM, TEEN, TENEMENT (I could have sworn I got TENEMENT), and THEE.

Meatier Misses

TOWHEE: A North American songbird of the bunting family, typically with brownish plumage but sometimes black and rufous. 10/10 chance Lauren got this.

Texas A&M AgriLife program breeds birds!

Calah saw this, and said, “The only way is TOWIE,” and I think we’re all in agreement that there’s never enough of it and no replacement for it.
TWEE: Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.

Today’s summary

Letters: LABDFOR
Final score: 35 words for 114 points.
Genius minimum: 113 points.
First word: BOLLARD.
Last word: OFFAL.
Pangram: FLOORBOARD.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-13-21 final

I got to spend time with my sister tonight! She told me about a game that is about birds. I don’t remember the name of the game, but I probably will learn the name of the game by the end of the week. I miss a lot of bird names, but the birds Ezersky decides to include in the word list are, to her, disappointingly few.

Yesterday I missed IDEATE, IDEATED, ITTY, MEDIATE, MEDIATED, MEDITATE, MEDITATED, META, METADATA, TEATIME, TIDIED, and TIDY.

Meatier Misses

DEMIT: Resign from (an office or position)
DIMITY: A hard-wearing, sheer cotton fabric woven with raised stripes or checks.

From BelovedLinens.net A Textile Lover’s Diary.

TATAMI: A rush-covered straw mat forming a traditional Japanese floor covering. It’s been so long since this has been in the Spelling Bee that it was worth calling out again that I don’t know it.

Today’s summary

Letters: TEHMNOW
Final score: 43 words for 146 points.
Genius minimum: 142 points.
First word: TEETHE.
Pangram: HOMETOWN.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-12-21 final

Today we watched Joe Rogan get burned in skywriting. It started off with a marriage proposal that followed with “SHE SAID YES,” which was then followed by the sappiest stuff and then “JOE ROGAN IS LITEALLY (sic) 5 FOOT 3.”

Yesterday I missed CANNULA, HAUNCH, NAAN, NATAL, and ULNA.

Meatier Misses

LACUNA: An unfilled space or interval; a gap.

From the Online Etymology Dictionary

lacuna (n.)

“blank or missing portion in a manuscript,” 1660s, from Latin lacuna “hole, pit,” figuratively “a gap, void, want,” diminutive of lacus “pond, lake; hollow, opening” (see lake (n.1)). The Latin plural is lacunae. The word has also been used in English from c. 1700 in the literal Latin sense in anatomy, zoology, botany. The adjectival forms have somewhat sorted themselves: Mathematics tends to use lacunary (1857), natural history lacunose (1816), and lacunar (n.) is used in architecture of paneled ceilings (1690s), so called for their sunken compartments. Leaving lacunal (1846) for the manuscript sense.

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

From Nature & Garden. Good tips on plant care.

LUNULA: The white area at the base of a fingernail.
NUTHATCH: A small songbird with a long strong bill, a stiffened square-cut tail, and the habit of climbing down tree trunks head first.

All About Birds has a page all about the Nuthatch!

Today’s summary

Letters: TADEIMY
Final score: 53 words for 220 points.
Genius minimum: 214 points.
First word: DAYTIME.
Pangram: DAYTIME.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-11-21 final

Woohoo! The weekend is here! I got some good news today that I’ll share at some point. I don’t want to be one to tease without following through, so I’ll make sure to follow through. I just don’t yet know when.

Yesterday I missed ABBOT, ABHOR, AMMO, AORTA, BAMBOO, BOABAB (damn!), BARROOM, BOBA, BOMB, MOMMA, OATH, ROTATOR, TATTOO, THROAT, THROB,

Meatier Misses

HABOOB: A violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, especially in Sudan, bringing sand from the desert.
TROTH: Faith or loyalty when pledged in a solemn agreement or undertaking.

From the Online Etymological Dictionary:

troth (n.)

“truth, verity,” late 12c., from a phonetic variant of Old English treowð “faithfulness, veracity, truth;” see truth, which is a doublet of this word. Restricted to Midlands and Northern England dialect after 16c., and to certain archaic phrases (such as plight one’s troth). Also see betroth.

Day two in a row of missing something to do with engagement. Oh noes.

Today’s summary

Letters: NACHLUT
Final score: 29 words for 123 points.
Genius minimum: 121 points.
First word: HAUNT.
Pangram: UNLATCH.
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NYT Spelling Bee 6-10-21 final

I went to Williams-Sonoma this morning and came across some honeycomb/bee-themed dishes. More on the Williams-Sonoma visit in this upcoming Saturday’s post.

Yesterday I missed FIANCE and FIANCEE. I’m going to hear about that. Also FANFIC.

Meatier Misses

AFFIANCE/ING: Being engaged.

Wow. Only months before the wedding, and I’m missing the engagement words. Yikes.

Today’s summary

Letters: OABHMRT
Final score: 57 words for 203 points.
Genius minimum: 201 points.
First word: TOOTH.
Pangram: BATHROOM.
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