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NYT Spelling Bee 8-4-21 final

Holy smokes the pangram for this one! I tried all sorts of stuff before getting it. HELLOKID, KILLEDHO, LIKEDHO, HIKELODE. Ultimately, I got it. Huge relief.

Also the countdown is to

Meatier Misses

Today’s summary

Letters: ODEIKLH
Final score: 31 words for 119 points.
Genius minimum: 105 points.
First word: LOOKED.
Pangram: LIKELIHOOD.
Last word: LIKELIHOOD.
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NYT Spelling Bee 5-20-22 (contains spoilers)

Yesterday I missed LEVEL, LIEU (Sorry, Ted), and UNLEVEL.

Meatier Misses

JEJUNE: (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

jejune (adj.)

1610s, “dull in the mind, flat, insipid, wanting in interest,” from Latin ieiunus “empty, dry, barren,” literally “fasting, hungry,” a word of obscure origin. De Vaan finds it to be from a PIE root meaning “to worship, reverence,” hence “to sacrifice” (with cognates including Sanskrit yajati “to honor, worship, sacrifice,” Avestan yaza- “to worship,” Greek agios, agnos “holy;” see hagio-), and writes that the Latin word and its relatives “would be based on the habit to perform the first sacrifice of the day on an empty stomach.” Related: jejunaljejunally.


JULIENNE:A portion of food cut into short, thin strips.


VENULE: Anatomy A very small vein, especially one collecting blood from the capillaries.

Today’s summary

Final score: 24 words for 113 points.
Genius minimum: 108 points.
First word: CRUNCHY.
Pangram: RAUNCHY.
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NYT Crossword Puzzle 2-18-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Japanese watch brand: SEIKO because I have picked up watch repair as a hobby. I have been gravitating toward Citizen and Seiko that I can get for not that much and then work on them. Recently I bought two used Seiko watches that looked great in the pictures. They were described as not functioning, though that can just mean needs a battery. I opened one of them up and saw that the battery had leaked.

The leak got into the movement, so it seized. Yes, it turned a Seiko into a seizedko. I researched the Seiko 8123 movement (coincidentally I finished this puzzle in 18:32) to see how I could do a straight swap. But they no longer make the 8123 movement. I kept looking and found two possible replacements. The Seiko 7N43 movement is the same size and has one jewel, compared to the 8123’s five jewels. The 7N43 also has SAB/SAT in blue like the 8123 has. But then there’s the Hattori VX43 that has zero jewels and doesn’t have the SAB/SAT in blue. For cheaper the 7N43, I got a busted watch that has a 7N43 movement. There was an inscription on the back of the watch: “CHARLES STANLEY MARSHALL GOD’S SAINTLEY [sic] GIFT TO ALL HE MEETS.” I’m waiting for the battery to arrive, but if it doesn’t, I’ll replace the movement with a VX43.

No theme for this Friday puzzle.

Finished this one in 18:32.

NYT Crossword Puzzle 2-2-22 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 29A One in peak singing condition?: YODELER because I actually think that was pretty good.

Also here’s Jewel yodeling:

Theme!

18A With 20-Across, goes to great lengths: BENDS
20A BACKWARDS to make BENDS over BACKWARDS.

35A With 39-Across, superior: ACUT
39A THEREST to make A CUT above THE REST.

36A THEBELT
41A With 36-Across, plays dirty: HITS to make HITS below THE BELT.

55A THE BRIDGE
60A With 55-Across, no longer an issue: WATER to make WATER under THE BRIDGE.

Finished this one in 12:49.