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NYT Spelling Bee 10-16-21 final

Ugh the Dodgers lost tonight in a game I only caught the last three innings of. The game was 2-2 when I turned it on, and Dodgers blew opportunity after opportunity. In the top of the ninth, Chris Taylor’s baserunning error meant the inning ended prematurely. Then the Braves made them pay. Really lame. I hope tomorrow’s game will be better.

Yesterday I missed ANARCHIC, CHIA, and CHIC.

Meatier Misses

DACHA: A country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or vacation home.


HARRIDAN: A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman.

Today’s summary

Letters: DALMNTY
Final score: 13 words for 65 points.
Final score: 14 words for 70 points.
New word: MADAM.
Genius minimum: 64 points.
First word: MALADY.
Pangram: ADAMANTLY.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-15-21 final

Today marks two months of marriage to my best friend, Calah. It feels like so long since our wedding and yet like it was yesterday. It was hard to do a wedding during COVID, but as sad as it was not to be able to have everyone there like we’d have preferred to do, I am happy that I didn’t have to spend longer not married to her.

Yesterday I missed ANTEDATE, ANTEDATED, ATTENDANT, ATTENDEE, NAAN, NADA, NANA, NATANT, TAUTEN, TAUTENED, TAXA, and TUNA.

Meatier Misses

ANDANTE: Music (especially as a direction) at a moderately slow tempo.
ENNEAD: rare A group or set of nine.

Today’s summary

Letters: HACDINR
Final score: 20 words for 69 points.
Genius minimum: 68 points.
First word: CHINA.
Pangram: ARACHNID.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-14-21 final

DODGERS WIN!!!!! DODGERS WIN!!!!! That last strike was a strike because it was called a strike. That’s what makes a strike a strike, right? :/ Would I have felt like there was injustice if that last pitch had been ruled a ball? Unlikely. So I’ll take it!

Yesterday I missed INTO, MINOR, NONPRINT, OPTION, PINPOINT, PROPORTION, RIOT, TIPTOP, TORTONI, and TRITON.

Meatier Misses

PIPIT: A mainly ground-dwelling songbird of open country, typically having brown streaky plumage.


PIPPIN: A red and yellow dessert apple.
PITON: A peg or spike driven into a rock or crack to support a climber or a rope.

Today’s summary

Letters: ADENTUX
Final score: 44 words for 241 points.
Final score: 46 words for 267 points.
New words: EXTENUATED, EXTENUATE.
Genius minimum: 237 points.
First word: ATTEND.
Last word: TENANT.
Pangrams: UNTAXED, EXTENUATED.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-13-21 final

Dodgers won last night in amazing fashion! Tomorrow is the rubber match in this series as of course the best two teams in baseball would have it all come down to the wire. I’ll be watching the game. Will you?

Yesterday I missed CEDE, CEDED, CHIC, CHICHI, CITE, CITED, DECEIT, DIETETIC, EPIC, ETHIC, HECTIC, PEPTIC, and TECHIE.

Meatier Miss

EIDETIC: Psychology Relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible.

Etymology!

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: IMNOPRT
Final score: 41 words for 173 points.
Genius minimum: 173 points.
First word: PORTION.
Pangram: PROMOTION.
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NYT Spelling Bee 10-12-21 final

By the time this post goes out, we’ll know the result of the Dodgers-Giants game. I really want the Dodgers to win. It’s hard for me to revel in the World Series win last year because the season was trash. It was abbreviated, players sat out, and Rob Manfred was being a terrible commissioner at every turn. That last one hasn’t changed, but this year was tremendous. And finishing one game back of the Giants kinda shows why the games early in the season DO count. The Giants were 16-10 in September, and the Dodgers were 16-11.

Yesterday I missed AFRO, FALOFF, FARRO, FILLIAL, FLAIL, FOLIC, FOLIO, and FROLIC.

Meatier Miss

CALORIFIC: Relating to the amount of energy contained in food or fuel. I had been unfamiliar with this word. It’s a stupid word. Hate it.

Today’s summary

Letters: CDEHIPT
Final score: 33 words for 172 points.
Genius minimum: 165 points.
First word: PITCHED.
Last word: DETECTED.
Pangram: PITCHED.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-11-21 final

Today’s Dodger game was rough to take in. Lots of chances and no follow-through. The solo home run off Max Scherzer was enough to carry the Giants all the way, and the defense kept snuffing out would-be Dodger rallies. The wind with gusts that turned the sky to grays and browns did nothing to help the boys in blue put any runs on the board. Really disappointing, but maybe tomorrow will be better.

Yesterday I missed AGITA, ATILT, ATTAGIRL, IOTA, RAITA, RIOT, ROTI, ROTOTILL, TILT, TRATTORIA, and TRIO.

Meatier Misses

Some of these are real random words that show how ridic this thing is.

ARIL: Botany An extra seed-covering, typically colored and hairy or fleshy, e.g., the red fleshy cup around a yew seed.
GIRT: past participle of gird
GLIA/GLIAL: Anatomy The connective tissue of the nervous system, consisting of several different types of cell associated with neurons.
GRIOT: A member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
LITTORAL: Relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake.
OTALGIA: Medicine Earache.
TAIGA: The sometimes swampy coniferous forest of high northern latitudes, especially that between the tundra and steppes of Siberia and North America.

Today’s summary

Letters: FACILOR
Final score: 37 words for 149 points.
Genius minimum: 144 points.
First word: FRAIL.
Last word: COLORIFIC. That was a desperation play. I did not know that was a word.
Pangram: ???
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It’s like the Fail Whale, but also it’s not.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-10-21 final

Wow this Spelling Bee took a long time. I was going to give up when I had about 130 points, but I continued going. I got there at 11:09pm. Whew. Also first pitch for the Dodgers-Giants game is scheduled for 6:37 tomorrow evening. After Saturday night’s game, these two home games may be exciting!!!

Yesterday I missed EGGPLANT, ENGAGE, GALA, GALL, GLEN, GNAT, LEGATE, and TEENAGE.

Meatier Misses

PLANGENT: (of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone.

Etymology!

plangent (adj.)

“beating with a loud sound,” 1822, from Latin plangentem (nominative plangens), present participle of plangere “to strike, beat” (from PIE root *plak- (2) “to strike”). Related: Plangently; plangency.

AGATE: An ornamental stone consisting of a hard variety of chalcedony (quartz), typically banded in appearance.
GALANGAL: An Asian plant of the ginger family, the aromatic rhizome of which is widely used in cooking and herbal medicine.

Today’s summary

Letters: IAGLORT
Final score: 47 words for 188 points.
Genius minimum: 186 points.
First word: GORILLA.
Last word: LARIAT.
Pangrams: LITIGATOR, ALLIGATOR

NYT Spelling Bee 10-9-21 final

DODGERS WIN! DODGERS WIN! DODGERS WIN!!!!!! National League Division Series is tied up a 1. The next games are here in LA, but since there’s been some cold wind, we’ll see how many balls that normally are home runs stay in the park.

Yesterday I missed CONCOCT, CONFRONT, CONTORT, CONTORTION, CONTRITION, COTTON, FICTION, NONFICTION, RIOT, and TRICORN.

Meatier Misses

COIR: Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes and matting.


FINITO: Finished. Nonsensical that this is in here.
TORTONI: An Italian ice cream made with eggs and cream, typically served in a small cup and topped with chopped almonds or crumbled macaroons.

Today’s summary

Letters: GAELNPT
Final score: 40 words for 166 points.
Genius minimum: 162 points.
First word: PANG.
Pangram: ????
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NYT Spelling Bee 10-8-21 final

I didn’t make it all the way to genius. I mean 53 words and I’m still not there? With Shabbat starting earlier and earlier, I had to bow out.

Yesterday I missed GUNPORT (absurd pangram), GURU, OUTRO, PRONOUN, PURPORT, ROTOR, and TUTOR.

Meatier Miss

GORGON: Each of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snakes for hair, who had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone.

Today’s summary

Letters: OCFINRT
Final score: 53 words for 183 points.
Genius minimum: 189 points.
First word: NOTION.
Pangram: FRICTION.

NYT Spelling Bee 10-7-21 final

After 365 days of at least one post a day (though frequently more than one post a day), I’m on to year 2. Thanks for joining me for this ride!

Today has been gloomy, and it’s supposed to rain overnight about 0.05″. It’s enough to make everything slick and dangerous.

Yesterday I missed CACTI, LILT, TACTIC, TACT, TALI, TIDAL, and WATT.

Meatier Misses

DICTA: Plural of dictum-A formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.
DIDACT/DIDACTIC: Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
TWILIT: Dimly illuminated by or as if by twilight. Here because the shortened days mean the shift in when twilight rates at the golf courses start. You know, they charge less later in the day because you probably won’t finish, and it gets cold, so maybe you don’t wanna.

Today’s summary

Letters: RGNOPTU
Final score: 36 words for 121 points.
Genius minimum: 120 points.
First word: PRONTO.
Pangram: NOPE!
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