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.
HIED: Went quickly. WHIT: A very small part or amount. WHEE:
Letters: OAHINOT Final score: 24 words for 113 points. Genius minimum: 106 points. First word: DONATION. Pangram: NATIONHOOD. Tweet:
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.
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.
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.
BOMBE: A frozen dome-shaped dessert.
I didn’t know archery was so big in South Korea!
Letters: IABCEKL Final score: 37 words for 170 points. Genius minimum: 162. First word: ALIBI. Last word: BALALAIKA. Pangram: Nooo idea!
Yesterday I missed DETECTIVE, DIETETIC, DUETTED, ETUDE, IVIED, TIED, VETTED, and VIVID.
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.
“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).
Letters: ICMNOTU Final score: 26 words for 145 points. Genius minimum: 145 points. First word: COMMIT. (21 more days!) Pangram: CONTINUUM.
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.
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.
LANTANA: A tropical evergreen shrub of the verbena family, several kinds of which are cultivated as ornamentals.
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.
Letters: DCEITUV Final score: 48 words for 226 points. Genius minimum: First word: DECEIVE. Pangram: DEDUCTIVE. Tweet:
Today’s Spelling Bee had a much lower point minimum for genius. But somehow it took a lot longer to get there. But a Queen Bee of more than 400 points was truly ridiculous. Also just 24 days to go, Calah!
Yesterday I missed AIRY, ARIA, AVIARY, CIRCA, and PRAY.
CARPI: The group of small bones between the main part of the forelimb and the metacarpus in terrestrial vertebrates. The eight bones of the human carpus form the wrist and part of the hand, and are arranged in two rows.
PAPYRI: Papyruses. PRIAPIC: Relating to or resembling a phallus.
“phallic; of or relating to the cult and myths of Priapus,” 1786, with -ic + Priapus (Greek Priapos), son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, the god who personified male reproductive power. His name is of unknown origin. Earlier was Priapean (1690s).
There were coins that were made in honor of Priapus:
Letters: LINOPRU Final score: 25 words for 70 points. Genius minimum: 62 points. First word: PULP. Pangram: PURLOIN. Tweet\:
So the Wall Street Journal sent out a disappointing headline.
Why they couldn’t use the any of the following terms: Uighur, Uyghur, genocide, ethnic cleansing, slave, slavery is beyond me. Also the focus should be on the kidnappings, reeducation programs, brainwashing, etc. I remember I first hear of the Uyghur people when I was in my hotel room in Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland. It was heavy news to hear straight from a distillery, but that was two years ago.
Yesterday I missed only three words FIFING, WIGGLING, and WOOING.
None. I could have gotten them all.
Letters: Final score: 17 words for 78 points. Genius minimum: 77 points. First word: PIRACY. Pangram: PRIVACY. Tweets\:
I’ve found the best way to get Calah to read my blog is to have her read it as I type. Otherwise she’ll wait for a month and a half or so for the blog posts to pile up and then take some time to read all of them. This often is when I’m trying to tell her other things. The only way she can get me to stop is by saying she’s reading things I’ve written.
OK she’s gone. I was writing that more for her entertainment. She really does let them pile up, but I only know she’s reading them near me when she starts laughing or sending me pictures of typos that I then correct. It’s good to have her on my side, and by this time next month, she and I will be married.
Yesterday, I missed FALAFEL, FALL, FELLA, FIEF, FILL, FLEA, MAFIA, and MIFF.
MALEFIC: literary Causing or capable of causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means.
“doing mischief, producing disaster or evil,” 1650s, from Latin maleficus “wicked, vicious, criminal,” from male “ill” (see mal-) + -ficus “making, doing,” from combining form of facere “to make, do” (from PIE root *dhe- “to set, put”). Related: Malefical (1610s).
ICEFALL: It’s like snowfall but with ice.
Letters: IFGLNOW Final score: 48 words for 301 points. Final score: 49 words for 310 points. Additional word: INFILLING. Final score: 50 words for 311 points. Additional word: LION. Final score: 51 words for 318 points. Additional word: LOGGING. Final score: 52 words for 326 points. Additional word: NIGGLING. Final score: 53 words for 331 points. Additional word: LINGO. Final score: 54 words for 338 points. Additional word: GINNING. Final score: 55 words for 339 points. Additional word: LOIN. Final score: 56 words for 348 points. Additional word: NONILLION. Final score: 57 words for 355 points. Additional word: FOGGING. Final score: 58 words for 361 points. Additional word: WILLOW. Final score: 59 words for 366 points. Additional word: IGLOO. Final score: 61 words for 381 points. Additional words: WINNOW and WINNOWING. Final score: 62 words for 382 points. Additional word: OLIO. Final score: 63 words for 389 points. Additional word: WOOFING. Final score: 64 words for 396 points. Additional word: LOLLING. Final score: 65 words for 397 points. Additional word: INFO. Final score: 66 words for 404 points. Additional word: ONGOING. Genius minimum: 297 points.
I kept pushing, and if I can’t get to Queen Bee with 107 points above genius minimum, what am I even doing?
First word: FOLLOWING. Pangrams: FOLLOWING, FLOWING, and WOLFING. Tweet: