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NYT Spelling Bee 1-23-21 final

Hello from Day 65 of the current California COVID constant curfew! There was a hail in LA today. It was like half an hour of pea size hail that built up on roofs and on the ground. It was crazy to see it before it all disappeared.

Yesterday even though I got 420 points, I missed CONNECTIVE, CONVECTIVE, CIVIC, CONCOCTION, CONTINENCE, EVICTEE, INCONTINENCE (and I still don’t), INCONTINENT, INNIE, INTO, NICOTINE, TECTONIC, and TOONIE.

Meatier Misses

NICOTINE: I don’t smoke, but I take in nicotine on the regular. Nicotine is in food I eat. And it’s in food you eat. No, credit does not go out to Big Tobacco or Monsanto. Rather, nicotine is present in nightshades, including potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants. And tobacco, of course.

Tomatoes are so close to tobacco that they are plagued by the same pest. Sure, there are differences between the tomato hornworm and the tobacco hornworm, but each eats off the other’s menu without issue.

And the similarities don’t stop there.

In 2001, out came a book about the dangers of tomatoes to those who want to kick the habit. Yes, How Can You Expect to Stop Smoking If You Eat Tomatoes? makes sense. No, not the subject matter. Because AYFKM? But the book has been out of print now for two decades.

Today’s summary

Final score: 23 words for 113 points.
Genius minimum: 107 points.
First word: HIDE.
Pangram: WEIGHTED.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-22-21 final

Hello from Day 64 of the current California COVID constant curfew! It looks like it’s going to rain all weekend. Why bad weather in LA right now? I have woodworking projects to continue.

Yesterday I missed ATILT and PULPIT.

Meatier Misses

PAPILLA: A small rounded protuberance on a part or organ of the body.
PIPIT: A mainly ground-dwelling songbird of open country, typically having brown streaky plumage.

That’s a pretty bird!

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

Today’s summary

Final score: 59 words for 377 points.
Genius minimum: 376 points.
First word: CONVICTION.

UPDATE

New words: CONCEIT, CONVENIENT, INCONVENIENT

Final score: 62 words for 420 points.
Pangrams: CONVECTION, CONVENTION, CONVENIENT, INCONVENIENT, EVICTION,
Tweets:

NYT Spelling Bee 1-21-21 final

Hello from Day 63 of the current California COVID constant curfew. The national mask mandate is happening, so I hope we can make it out to the other side quickly.

I made it to genius right before midnight, so the vast majority of this post is being written shortly after midnight. Now at 12:14 it’s done. Whew.

Yesterday I missed LIMP, LUMP, and PIMPLY.

Meatier Misses

ILIUM: The large broad bone forming the upper part of each half of the pelvis.

When it’s red, that’s bad times.

Today’s summary

Final score: 26 words for 93 points.
Genius minimum: 91 points.
First word: PLAID.
Pangram: PLAUDIT.
Tweets: So many today.

This SO was in the list in the past!

NYT Spelling Bee 1-20-21 final

Amazing inauguration today. And the executive orders to undo some of Trump’s bad stuff is a pro move.

Yesterday I missed a whole bunch. ACAI, ALKALI, BAILIFF, and CLIFF.

Meatier Misses

ABACI: Abacuses.
ACACIA: A tree or shrub of warm climates which bears spikes or clusters of yellow or white flowers and is typically thorny. Again.
BACILLI: Many of a rod-shaped bacterium.
BALALAIKA: A Russian musical instrument like a guitar with a triangular body, typically having three strings.


Today’s summary

Final score: 19 words for 83 points.
Genius minimum: 71 points.
First word: LIMIT.
Pangram: MULTIPLY.
Tweets:

NYT Spelling Bee 1-19-21 final

Hello from Day 61 of the current California COVID constant curfew! Trump is the opposite of the original Pokémon. In case you’re unfamiliar with what I mean, there were 151 original Pokémon, and you were supposed to catch ’em all. But Trump granted clemency and released almost as many people as the Pokémon we’re supposed to catch.

Yesterday I missed BEET, BIOTIC, CLOT, COOTIE, ECLECTIC, LICIT, LILT, and OBIT.

Meatier Misses

BIBELOT: A small, decorative ornament or trinket.

This sold for €18


BOOTEE: A soft shoe, typically a knitted one worn by a baby. A bootie by any other name.
COLLET: A segmented band or sleeve put around a shaft or spindle and tightened so as to grip it.
ELECTEE:


OCOTILLO: A spiny scarlet-flowered desert shrub of the southwestern US and Mexico, which is sometimes planted as a hedge.
TOILE: An early version of a finished garment made up in cheap material so that the design can be tested and perfected.

Today’s summary

Final score: 27 words for 121 points.
Genius minimum: 117 points.
First word: BIFF.
Pangram: BACKFILL.
Tweets:

It’s like will call but even more friendly!

NYT Spelling Bee 1-18-21 final

Hello from Day 60 of the current California COVID constant curfew! They say it’s going to be really windy starting tonight and into tomorrow. They say it’ll be sustained 25MPH+ winds and 40MPH+ gusts. It can’t help but bring to mind the old saying: When a window is left open, a door closes. Loudly.

Yesterday I missed COACT, COOPT, LAPTOP, LOATH, OATH, PACT, PLOT, TACT, TALC, TOCCATA, and TOPCOAT.

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.

Either a tiny hand or a very large leaf.

HATHA: : a system of physical exercises for the control and perfection of the body that constitutes one of the four chief Hindu disciplines.
PALATAL: Phonetics (of a speech sound) made by placing the blade of the tongue against or near the hard palate (e.g. y in yes).
PHAT: informal Excellent.
TACH: short for tachometer.

Today’s summary

Final score: 41 words for 159 points.
Genius minimum: 159 points.
First word: BLOTTO.
Pangram: COLLECTIBLE.
Tweets:

NYT Spelling Bee 1-17-21 final

Hello from Day 59 of the current California COVID constant curfew. With just a few days left of the Trump presidency, when are the massive pardons going to drop? Remember that you can play Pardon Me! bingo.

Yesterday I missed KNEE and KNEEING.

Meatier Misses

KEPI: A French military cap with a flat top and horizontal brim.

The creepiest picture I could find.


KIPPA: another term for yarmulke. I have only seen this with an h at the end.
NANKEEN: A yellowish cotton cloth.
NAPKIN: A square piece of cloth or paper used at a meal to wipe the fingers or lips and to protect garments, or to serve food on. Now, I know what this is. Calah thinks I don’t. But I do. I have manners.

Today’s summary

Final score: 43 words for 149 points.
Genius minimum: 147 points.
First word: HATCH.
Pangram: POTLATCH.
Tweets:

Because a dreidel is a top.

NYT Spelling Bee 1-16-21 final

Hello from Day 58 of the current California COVID constant curfew. It seemed like a pretty dull day today. I’m not complaining about that. But there was a guy who was stopped with firearms and 500 rounds of ammo in DC? And then he said it was an “honest mistake” to have been there with that? I’m just glad they got the guy.

Yesterday I missed ELEVEN, LANAI, VALCE, VANILLA, and VANILLIN.

Meatier Misses

VENAL: Showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery. Rudy, Trump, Bannon.
VENIAL: Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace. As opposed to mortal sins. Like a misdemeanor, I guess.
VILLANELLE: A nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain.

Today’s summary

Final score: 23 words for 102 points.
Genius minimum: 91 points.

UPDATE

Final score: 24 words for 103 points.
New word: PIKE.
First word: PEEKING.
Pangram: PEAKING.
Tweets:

Spelling Bee 1-15-21 final

Hello from Day 57 of the current California COVID constant curfew. Really slow news day today, too. What’s going to happen this weekend? I’m going to have all kinds of sources up, and I’ll be playing Pardon Me! bingo. You can play along!

Yesterday I missed ARROYO and OKRA.

Meatier Misses

FARRO: A type of hulled wheat, especially spelt or emmer, typically used in salads, soups, and side dishes.

It’s farro plus!

FORA: Another word for forums.

Today’s summary

Final score: 39 words for 136 points.
Genius minimum: 132 points.
First word: JAVELIN.
Pangram: JAVELIN!
Tweets:

NYT Spelling Bee 1-14-21 final

Hello from Day 56 of the current California COVID constant curfew. Really slow news day today. Depressingly slow because there’s so much actually going on. Unless there isn’t because nobody’s talking to anyone?

Yesterday I missed ALFALFA and FALLOFF.

Meatier Misses

ALARUM: archaic term for alarm. But no AROAR.
AURORAL: relating to auroras.

Today’s summary

Final score: 19 words for 68 points.
Genius minimum: 57 points.
First word: ARRAY.
Pangram: HAYFORK. It’s like that old joke. You know, the one where you say, “It’s like a hayfork,” and then then someone says, “What’s a hayfork?” and you say, “About five pounds.”
Tweets: