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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 Crossword Puzzle 7-26-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 44A Make giggle, say: AMUSE because it’s just 20 days till the wedding, and if I can make Calah giggle for years to come, that will be good, right?

The theme of this puzzle is contained in 1A With 68-Across, what the trio in this puzzle’s clues is trying to promote: JAZZ SHOW.

20A The first member of the trio said he’d …: TOOTHISOWNHORN. Very humble.
38A The second member of the trio said he’d …: PULLSOMESTRINGS. Kind.
53A The third member of the trio said she’d …: DRUMUPBUSINESS. A real go-getter.

Finished this one in 7:01.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday7:013:499:298:2067
Tuesday5:2213:4012:019
Wednesday7:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1229:1928:057
Friday16:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4334:0633:367
Sunday15:1156:4742:247

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 Crossword Puzzle 7-25-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I hate to do this, but I will update this post tomorrow with fuller analysis.

Finished this one in 34:53.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday20:1227:4334:0633:367
Sunday34:5315:1156:4742:247

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 Crossword Puzzle 7-24-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 50A Deck builder’s tool: NAILER because I have never heard a nail gun called that. Also when building a deck, I recommend screws instead. Now, I’ve never built a deck, but I’ve built other things, and deck screws seem like they’d be way more durable.

This puzzle was shockingly basic for a Saturday.

But I guess when you start out with 1A Popular brand of alcoholic seltzer: WHITECLAW, how can it be anything but?

I like regular seltzer in a few different situations, but seltzer is the best for egg creams and to drink right after eating ice cream.

If you’ve not had an egg cream, you simply gotta.

You mix milk and chocolate syrup together to make chocolate milk. And then you add sparkling water.

There’s no egg involved.

Sounds nasty? It’s not! It’s wonderful.

Finished this one in 20:12.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday20:1220:1234:0633:367
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

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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NYT Crossword Puzzle 7-23-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 2D Kind of treatment: ROYAL because that was holding me up from getting this pule done many minutes faster. For a long time, I’d had LOCAL in there instead. It made sense, I guess. LOCAL anesthetic, LOCAL bus, LOCAL dessert. But it was ROYAL instead. That let me knock out 17A Revelation: EYEOPENER and 4D Solid: STOUT.

No theme today, which is kind of a shame after some decent ones recently.

44A Spot of coffee?: BREAKROOM was a meh answer. I get the pun, but I don’t particularly like it.

I learned a little bit about geography with 41A Tasmania’s capital: HOBART.

64A Attraction at a water park: LAZYRIVER. I think the slides are far superior to the lazy river. I wouldn’t go to a water park to seek out the lazy river. But maybe I’m spoiled living walking distance from the ocean.

Finished this one in 33:30.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:103:499:298:0566
Tuesday9:545:2213:4012:019
Wednesday14:277:3817:2812:357
Thursday12:1212:1229:1928:057
Friday33:3016:2334:5629:227
Saturday27:4336:2538:176
Sunday15:1157:4443:206

NYT Spelling Bee 7-22-21 final

I did not get the pangram today. I could not find it. Very frustrating. I got two-and-a-half-score words, and no pangram.

Yesterday I missed LOLLIPOP, LOLLOP, and POLO.

Meatier Misses

PULI: A sheepdog of a black, gray, or white breed with a long thick coat.

“It can take THREE DAYS for all the cords to dry.” OMG.


PURL: Denoting or relating to a knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left.
RILL: A small stream.

Today’s summary

Letters: LACINPT
Final score: 50 words for 201 points.
Genius minimum: 197 points.
First word: CALLA.
Pangram: ???????????????