Spelling Bee Forum

Oct 27, 2022 · 524 comments
STEVE G (Sound Beach, NY)
HINTS HA 8) Negotiating over price 4,7) "FROZEN RAIN the size of golf balls! Caesar!" the crowd roared 5) Permissible Muslim food 4) Corridor 4,7) Swing from scaffold 8) Painful piece of skin at root of finger 6) Korean alphabet 4,7) Get a U-This truck if you're moving yourself HI 4) Acrophobia & cannabiphobia make you fear getting THIS 4,7) Where Jack and Jill ran up 7) Depending on like a door's swinging hardware
STEVE G (Sound Beach, NY)
@STEVE G H U 7) Bringing it in 4) Hawaiian dance 4,7) Watertight body of ship 4) Deadlocked jury
STEVE G (Sound Beach, NY)
HINTS HA 8) Negotiating over price 4,7) "FROZEN RAIN the size of golf balls! Caesar!" the crowd roared 5) Permissible Muslim food 4) Corridor 4,7) Swing from scaffold 8) Painful piece of skin at root of finger 6) Korean alphabet 4,7) Get a U-This truck if you're moving yourself
JMR (WA)
I should have listened more closely to my Latin tutor 60 years ago. Then I'd know that the plural of the word F---m ends in an a. Thank you @ Kline!
Barbara (Marin, CA)
Do you need the word? Steve’s clue about the scientist did it for me. Ohio State University required BA candidates to complete a course in the history of science, the BS degree required a course in the history of literature.
Peregrine (Eden)
INCOGNITO I. Cocooning as I am in the cotton-wool of my condition, you will never see me. Coding all my thoughts in the clear diction of my cognition, I coin a new philosophy of noticing. II. Condoning nothing, now, but citing to myself a book of sins, I find the dark, concocting there a tonic to remove the tinct, the spreading stain of coinciding, icing griefs— I indict myself. Bee words used from 10/26 (17 of 38): citing, cocooning, coding, cognition, coin, coinciding, concocting, condition, condoning, cotton, diction, icing, incognito, indict, noticing, tinct, tonic
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Peregrine Remarkable.
Peregrine (Eden)
@Liz K TY I'm getting here late tonight -- was on the road all day -- so I'm off now to see what wordplay has been shared here today.
dennis (Philly)
nice
Peregrine (Eden)
FALLBOARDS -- PSA In case you really, really need to learn about fallboards, there are videos. (You're not really surprised, are you?) The Mystery of the Piano Fallboard... Will it ever be solved? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Tmtpd7Rts Same guy, different piano and different outfit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zy9aIu_2p4 Do pianists hit the fallboard when they play the piano? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGt79E2-h6o DIY: Removing a Yamaha Grand Piano Fallboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qLJSfxQ3Qc 33 Fallboard Types [not really] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p1uOLOmmQk Best way to close the fallboard over the upright piano keys. https://www.facebook.com/PianoHowAreYou/videos/best-way-to-close-the-fallboard-over-the-upright-piano-keys/329810470956190/ Removing pencils and other objects from your grand piano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0YKBRI6cUk "Anyone know how to pick a piano fallboard lock?" https://www.tiktok.com/@mattstache/video/7147062140459846954 You're welcome.
STEVE G (Monkton, MD)
HINTS AF 4) Cry from not a near 6) Able to pay (for a car like Henry's Model-T or F-150 pickup) 4) Hairstyle of Angela Davis AL 7) Sprouts, fodder or L'il Rascal 5) A lone wolf BA 4) Vomit BO 5) A smash movie hit, maybe about psychedelic toads DO 4) Remove hat as in a salute (opposite of DON) FA 4) Sept 22 - Dec 20 (in Northern Hemisphere) 7) Sudden drop = Season after Summer + not on 5) Measure of capacitance named for Michael FA5ay 5) Wheat grains used in soup FL 4) Loose adipose 5) Inundate 5) Get in on the ground this. 10) Get in on the ground this + 2-by-4 5) Fauna's friend - regional plants 6) Rose scent FO 4) Baby horse 4) Resign in poker 4) Aussie "tucker", grub glorious grub! 4) Jester 4) Latin plural of Roman gatherings 4) A car like Henry's Model-T or F-150 pickup LO 4) Half a this of bread is better than none 5) Spongy shower body scrubber OF 5) Entrails 7) Dump a bunch of stuff from back of your F150 pickup = compound Not On + Heavy thing RO 4) House or mouth top 👇See Replies for more
Naomi (Vancouver)
@STEVE G thank goodness for you, now I can sleep. Still smiling from yesterdays witty clues!
foyiu (New York)
@STEVE G All but one was within my ken -- I think the Fa5 (FA5ay -- great clue, btw) just was never going to happen for this poor old English lit. prof! But -- if I may -- my classes just read Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb -- and he came and spoke to my students -- and what a great man and great book! Enjoyed it immensely -- reae the NYT review just like my students did! SMILE! Off to bed now! Thanks, as always!
STEVE G (Monkton, MD)
Hard to swallow food words OF5 and FA5 - A great fried chicken joint in south-side Chicago, Harold's, served up the innards - gizzards, hearts, livers - fried up to perfection. So good. So good that I don't take the layup almost-homophone for OF5 and say something like "people think animal innards like OF5 are just awful". Give them a chance, like peas! FA5 - the wheat grain - sweet like Mia of Rosemary's Baby and Annie Hall, and just a pirate's exclamation more than the oft omitted riverboat gambler's card game. The other FA5 you either know from electronics or science history or you don't. It's almost a German bicycle, if that helps. Or it's a distant commercial.
Liz K (Olympia, WA)
Poetry October 26, 2022 Cinquains (lizk) Iconic cognition in the middle of the night Cocoon fits my condition -- concocting a space with cotton curtains, view and warm fireplace. Am I hiding from things I should be noticing, and resisting or condoning? Perhaps. Should I be inciting change – openly or incognito? Is art -- poems and songs -- enough? Bee words: iconic, cocoon, condition, concocting, cotton, noticing, condoning, inciting, incognito
pcaseyd (Tennessee)
@Liz K My husband and I have just been talking about this. Only not so elegantly. Yes, the desire, the need to cocoon in these crazy times is strong. You make a difference with your poetry and with the discussions you incite and participate in here. The kind spirit that you and others in this forum have reaches across perceived lines to enable some détente, some mutual appreciation. You inspire me and I’m sure others to make the effort.
playmin (New York)
@Liz K Well this is obviously not anything you need to pay heed to at all if you don’t want — I’m just talking and I know this poem had to be created using 🐝 words — but I do think if it reaches a wide audience, poems and songs can be enough. We can all do our part in making this world a better place, and that means different things to different people. I am reminded of unionizing/organizing chants that have been passed down through generations, inspirational hymnals and gospel, helpful [sometimes veiled] message songs and poems (e.g. telling people about the Underground Railroad or the Desaparecidos), as well as the classic folk songs and calls for peace [through music] from many artists throughout the decades. Continued below, sorry. [Part 1/2]
playmin (New York)
@playmin @Liz K [Part 2/2…Continued…] Not to mention storytelling such as through these songs (e.g. peace-call and antiwar songs from Pete Seeger, Holly Near, and so many others — a famous example is “Down by the Riverside/[I Ain’t Gonna] Study War No More” and a lesser-known example is “Ella’s Song/We Who Believe in Freedom [Cannot Rest]”). I am also thinking of music spreading awareness (e.g. on mental health; various reforms). Common and some of his songs such as Letter to the Free; Concrete Angel by Martina McBride discussing chile abuse; some songs sung by Dolly Parton or Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers or Nina Simone or Mickey Guyton — the list goes on. Also, musical groups getting out their messages or singing for a cause such as Playing for Change, the We are the World campaign (from the 80s and revived later in the 2000s), and Clearwater/Hudson River Revival and Farm Aid (charity music festivals). As well as: poems from authors like Amanda Gorman, speeches such as those from MLK (which have been read as and/or turned into poems), affirmations like Jesse Jackson’s “I Am [Somebody]” and other things like moral tales such as Aesop’s Fables or The Book of Virtues. I could clearly go on but hopefully this makes sense. Hoping this is not the illegible blathering rant of an insomniac it sort of seems like to me right now! But yeah. Words are powerful. Like your poem.
ElaineR (Chicago)
QB with a little help from my friends, as the song goes. Steve’s shout out to Harold’s chicken innards leads me to wonder which store he gathered his from. I favor the one in HydePark, with the biggest wings and heftiest legs. Yum!
C (Seattle)
Never heard of the FA5 unit in my life! 😵‍💫 And since we've got the other FA5 in here, I'd love to see TEFF in future puzzles.
Barbara (Marin, CA)
Do you need the word?
Phyllis Glazerman (Wellesley, MA)
I think the gurus of Spelling Bee should have accepted "fallboard" in today's puzzle, the word for the fold down lid that covers the piano keys. As a piano technician, I wouldn't accept the names of all piano parts, but that word is universally recognized!
Harrumphy (Bay Ridge, America)
Ick. These organ meats and other sundry parts smell awful.
Mark (Canada)
missing 'fallboard' which is the cover over a piano keyboard
Marie (Montana)
@Mark Peregrine wrote an ode to piano 🎹 fallboards with many interesting links. You don’t have to scroll down very far to find her post. I didn’t think of the word at all, but I should have, since our upright piano is across the room.
Marie (Montana)
My last word to find was a sometimes hyphenated, sometimes not, compound word. Funny thing is, I saw it early on, but it was hyphenated in the M-W word list so I didn’t enter it in the puzzle. With one word left to find, I decided to try it. And there it was, in the puzzle all along. So then I looked it up in the Oxford American English dictionary, and it was all one word, no hyphen. So what I learned with this arduous journey to 👑 🐝 today was always, always try out a compound word, even if you’re pretty sure it’s two words or hyphenated. Because what’s the worst that could happen? The message “not in word list” pops up.
Tracy (Austin TX)
This evening I told husband that the Hive would be abuzz regarding the omission of Fado. I was right!
Dj (Virginia)
After I get GN, I return later to reach QB🐝
bill (usa)
I simply cannot get bo(5). I'm an idiot and I asked my wife who's better at pop culture and still 3 points short, lol
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@bill Think of it almost like a gonzo word, something like you'd see in a comic book, onomatopedic. It appears like a portmanteau to me, but that might also send you on a goose chase so don't get hung up on that. Hope you can find it.
bill (usa)
@Ladygoat thx but still stuck. Just want genius. Tried cheating with community but zilch. Thx anyway
Frank (Washington DC)
They headline “sticks nix hick pix” in the news magazine Variety refers to pictures that were definitely not B05 in the rural theaters.
Moonshine (Mare Humorum)
Just not so interesting for me today. 🤷🏼‍♂️
Angela Dowdy (Lansdowne, PA)
Floof! North American, informal. kitty kitty, cat, kitten, furbaby, ruler of the house, feline
Nan Foster (San Francisco)
@Angela Dowdy Yes, I wish that was a Spelling Bee word too. Such a nice word.
Lauren (Oregon)
1st QB!!!!
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Lauren Excellent! 👑🐝👏
Mark (Turner)
Joe Montana?
Art of the fudge (Near Boston)
FROB - a verb meaning to fiddle with a control aimlessly, for no particularly good reason other than it's there and you're bored. Well, maybe to see if frobbing it has any effect. Compare with twiddle (to coarse-adjust) and tweak (to fine-tune). Frob is not in any of the usual reputable online dictionaries, but it is in the Urban Dictionary and Wiktionary, so there is that.
Barbara (Marin, CA)
Here I am again (for the fourth day in a row) QB-1. Problem is, using the grid I am missing a seven-letter F word and my count is 108. So I have done something wrong -right?
Prabhaker (USA)
@Barbara, get … the current season.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Barbara Maybe go through your found word list and count up the total letters in all the F words you have gotten against the two letter list, how many words with four letters, how many with five, etc. to see what you're missing. It sounds like you're just one four letter word short.
Barbara (Marin, CA)
I had done that and had everything in F words except a 7 letter one. I think I need to know if I can go over the 109 pt amount it says for today’s Bee. Thank you for offering your help.
Jack (Mequon, WI)
Forb is a legit word. I've planted numerous forbs in my backyard prairie!
nch (Pennsylvania)
Agrees, same here. I sent email that word is missing.
CharlieA (Boulder, CO)
Finished up with four hints from Steve (two of the words I was ashamed not to find on my own), at 2100 MDT. Kind of disappointed at the absence of offroad (definitely not hyphenated in Colorado) and forb, but I guess if you're in the middle of Manhattan that Latin plural FO4 looks a likelier candidate. It's all a matter of guessing which words are selected, and it's always fun. And cheap fun at that. Thanks Sam and Steve and all the commentariat.
Blair (BC, Canada)
The word 'offroad' isn't usually hyphenated where I live either. 🙂
JS (Virginia)
tried faldarol,faldorol,foldoral,folldoral etc. but apparently it was a bunch of garbage -- hat tip commenter from the other day
Jean G (NYC)
QBABM!! I resisted the urge to look at hints and am glad I did because the missing word was an easy one (BA4) I should have seen sooner. Thanks for this great community of support.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Jean G Well played! It can be very hard to resist, I know. 👑🐝
pissboy (Selangor)
offboard?
eve kramer (oakland, california)
my brain has either died over the last week or your spelling bee has gotten much more difficult. pls. tell me it's not my brain. i never had a day when i couldn't complete the "bee" and not it's been a week. omg!
Barbara (Marin, CA)
I can feel that with you. Only one and a half inches of rain since the first of October!
Melissa (Brooklyn)
First time to QB! My husband is a cinephile and still BO5 had us both stumped.Thanks to the team for hints that led to this personal best
SS (Chicago)
@Melissa Bo5 performance!
bill (usa)
@Melissa help me sister not qb ranking but genius. Only thing I cheated on 🤓
Brian Drumm (Indianapolis, IN)
BOOF is not in the word list? I’d like a ruling on this from Justice Kavanaugh.
Alexander (Toronto)
Give it a decade—and a few beers. At the other end of the corpus, fellate/fellated made their jaunty debuts recently. Sometimes it just takes a cycle or two of editors to pass on through.
Coachmark (Baltimore)
Missing word: FA 9) Piano key cover Plus it's a pangram!
Donnajoy (Roslyn)
Just reached QB with invaluable help from my 11 year old grandson. New category QBGS😃
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Donnajoy That's great! Bravo to you and an extra cheer for your bright grandson! 👑🐝🎉🎉
Lynn O. (Gilbert, AZ)
With my feet on the FL10, and the help from the FO4, i just achieved Queen Bee. 🐝🥳 Thank you Steve, Kline, Sheila, spoilers, and all. Good night! Zzzzzzzzz
XPatriot (USA)
I know the FL10 word to mean something in a house, but I've never heard it applied to a car before.
Sally (Planet Earth)
Ages ago I had a car wherein the fl5 were rusted out 😐
Peregrine (Eden)
@Sally Oh, me too. Oh, that car. A 1972 Datsun 240Z, dark forest green, four on the floor, faaaaaaast. The fl(10)s were rusted out. We, poor graduate students, spent $800 to have it repaired. Our only car. A lot of money. Three days later I was rear-ended at a stop light by a loud lady in a large car. She blamed me for being stopped in the middle of the road. At a red light. 🙄 The little car was crumpled. We sold it a week later to someone who had the time and money to repair it. I still miss it! And that was ...40 years ago.
SS (Chicago)
@Sally We had a more than 20 year old car where the body was rusting but the engine was still good.
Laurel S (Curlew.)
QBABM!!!! First time ever! (Yes that’s redundant but I am using it for effect.) Woot woot woot! Who knew that FO(4) was the plural of that marketplace in Rome? Not I, but brute force typing found it and it was the last word (and point) I needed. Also glad I stayed awake in high school physics class and learned what a FA(5) was when we got to the chapter on electricity. Fun and engaging Bee today, thank you!
FlbrkMike (Fallbrook, California)
Congratulations!! That was the last word I got too, but no QBABM. I resorted to the 2LL for the last three words.
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Laurel S Congratulations to you and your “monkey squad”! 👑🐝
Sarah (Minnesota)
@Laurel S I cannot get that one for nuthin'.
MSF (New England)
I don't know why, but I found excavating this pangram wicked hahd! (As we say around these parts.) Anyone else find it curiously difficult? For me it was right up there with pungency.
Metalmom (Unknown)
@MSF yup was tough, and I played around with all sorts of compound words without recognizing it. Sometimes it’s hard to see. Like the other day, the word infantry: when I was putting letters together, all I saw was “young child” and “attempt.”
MSF (New England)
@Metalmom That day was uniquely silly for me. Sometimes I text a friend while doing the puzzle (fun!). She is wired to see the pangram right away. I on the other hand usually have an uphill climb. At one point I texted in exasperation, 'Now I just keep seeing infantry!' to which she responded, 'uh...yeah?' -- Doh!
dennis (Philly)
infant ry was tough
Umberto (NYC)
Even though the bee does not accept fado do not miss it if you find your way to Portugal. Haunting and soulful. Glad the bee did accept one part of an awful meal I had in Cahors that was saved by an inky wine from the region.
Lise (Norway)
Fado- how I wish that was a word included today
David Illig (Maryland)
After I did all that I could do, I yielded to temptation and looked at the answers at shunn.net. Turns out I was one word from QB. The word I was missing is F5 and it has nothing to do with electrical standards. It’s a word that I did not know and that has no apparent relevance to me, so it is unlikely that I would have guessed the word before the heat death of the Universe. https://www.amazon.com/End-Everything-Astrophysically-Speaking-ebook/
SS (Chicago)
@David Illig Why did you give in when you usually wouldn't look? Or your point is the word was pretty irrevelant?
MSF (New England)
@David Illig I like knowing that you gave in to temptation, or, as I might think of it, exercised some flexibility in your approach to the game. A lot of people here, you included, have vocabularies far more extensive than mine, so your experience is one that I have fairly frequently. And I don't mind not knowing the words Sam cooks up to stump us, though I do make note of them. It's not logical to feel like I've lost if I didn't know the word FA5, unless maybe it's the 3rd time...
Stacey Grove (NortAz)
@David Illig That word got me too 😭. No amount of hints, no matter how good helped. I don’t feel bad for looking at the answer when I’ve given it my best shot. My confidence is intact because I got Wordle in 3 and my stats were above average.
harry gonzo (nantucket)
Queen Bee caveat!! Got there (yay) but to no. 29, FA5 by happenstance because OF COURSE I did NOT know that it was “the SI unit of electrical capacitance, equal to the capacitance of a capacitor in which one coulomb of charge causes a potential difference of one volt”. (Because I STILL don’t know what that even means)!😂 And anyone who tells us they did is possibly full BA7! 😎
Erica (Bishop, California)
I love the new language of folks in the hive when commenting - like BA(7) much more fun than emoji’s :-) Thank you @Harry Gonzo
harry gonzo (nantucket)
@Erica Most welcome! :)
Maya L. (Washington)
Fado not included?! Give me a break!
Lenny-t (Vermont)
@Maya L. If the words selected for the Bee were only words you wanted or were familiar with, it would be a pretty dull puzzle, wouldn’t it?
Peregrine (Eden)
@Maya L. Do you mean Portuguese break-dancing?
Pamela (Massachusetts)
BO 5.STUMPED
SS (Chicago)
@Pamela A fab, over the top word! Think theater?
Sally (Planet Earth)
Me too
Laurel S (Curlew.)
@Pamela. Or a comic book?
SS (Chicago)
An unusual almost word today- folderol. Fitting for donut words!
PS (Gallatin, MT)
@SS Great minds think alike— I tried it too & was sad we were lacking the needed ‘E’
SS (Chicago)
@PS Great or desperate? :) When I can't find real words, I find everything else.
Metalmom (Unknown)
@SS & @PS I agree with you both. I watch MASH every night and remember the episode where Rizzo says folderol.
GN (Alabama)
Thank you @ Stephanie. I really like your clues.
Nicole sardo (New Jersey)
I am a subscriber to the times. I had access to the daily crossword up until I upgraded to ios 16.1 Today I went to solve the daily and was asked to subscribe ?! I have need a subscriber to the times for 20 years and have a digital subscription There is no obvious contact or help channel in the digital site for recourse so I am using this channel. This is rather unpleasant
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Nicole sardo This is a player to player chat forum only, so your message would be lost here. If you are using an app to do the crossword puzzle, NYT suggests: Having a technical issue? Please use the help button in the settings menu of the Games app. If you are using your web browser, you can contact them at [email protected]. Good luck.
April (New York)
@Nicole sardo Try exiting, closing out and turning the power off on whatever device you are using. I’ve had that happen to be a few times. Worth a try. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Peregrine (Eden)
@Nicole sardo That happens occasionally to me, and I attribute to a brief hiccup in the WiFi or local internet connection. Try just refreshing the page, or closing the tab and opening the SB again. That always works for me.
SS (Chicago)
Few bagels, donuts, and odd words Door fob fabola bold 'n bad road brofro- your friend/brother's hair adorabl- bee well!
pat (CO)
@SS I found labrador almost immediately!
SS (Chicago)
@pat Did not see that one, good selection!
Susan Stohelit (Montana)
Who else was thrilled to see a Terry Pratchett word among the words that actually counted for points? Headology indeed!
SS (Chicago)
Sigh-- found most words and pangram but not the electrical word or the grain. So close and yet so FA5!
Irish (NYC)
Google!
SS (Chicago)
@Irish I don't stop until QB, but I'd like to do it on my own. Tx! QB 2LL hints today, maybe tomorrow ABM-
SS (Chicago)
Eye-catching photo! Wow!
Soumya L P (Phoenix)
what an absolutely lovely and stunning photo- thank you Anne!
MarMir (Mexico)
my score increased exponentially when I began ending everything with “af” 😂
Cate (Littleton)
@kitINstLOUIS If it would help you in any way to write to me you can send it to coif.thread_0x AT icloud.com Best wishes, Cate
Bartnj (Red Bank NJ)
It would be funny if FO7 was included. You know, for a laugh.
Bartnj (Red Bank NJ)
What? No FOOBALL? Ok, there’s no accounting for culture. Every pupa on my planet learns how to foo a ball as early as they can float.
Elle Mann (Richardson, TX)
I got my first Queen Bee!! After much harder thinking I realized that, like Texas, I had overlooked a season between summer and winter. 😂 Some handy button mashing helped me solve the BO5, after reading the clues I knew I didn’t know the word! And someone’s clue about FA5 being distance mad men was what helped me get the otherwise unknown-to-me word! Woo!
ElaineS (NYC)
@Elle Mann Well done!
Mary Spera (NYC)
Nice, congrats!
Rilynn Rook (My house)
I don’t know why it is so hard for me what I have right now is f L o r a d and b witch all I got was flora and some thing else
Mary Seratt (Tennessee)
Compound words drove me to the community hints once again! Argh! You’d think I’d learn!
Arlo (NYC)
I had no difficulty with the dreaded FA-5, since it’s been in the Bee before. But can you believe I needed the 2LL for AF-4?? Once again QBABM was thwarted by a common, frequently used ( in the SB, at least ), four-letter word Ishould have gotten easily. I’m past 🤦‍♀️ and fast approaching 😱.
SS (Chicago)
@Arlo You must be distracted when your name is featured?
KP (California)
@Arlo If you knew you needed 1 more 4L word, you should not have even looked at the 2LL list. Sooner or later, you would have found it. Af4 was also my last word! My penultimate one was a 4L word as well. At that point, I thought, I absolutely refuse to give in! How hard can it be to find those nothing 1 pointers, especially after I found that Fa5 doozy on my own? Ha! Hard enough, but I DID find them, after spinning and spinning the wheel for a _long_ time.🥺
Pynchonite (Salt Lake City)
Ok, two objections today (so far): "forb" and "offroad" are both coming up invalid. What do they have against flowers, eh?!
ElaineS (NYC)
@Pynchonite Off-road is hyphenated. There are two words in today’s Bee alone that are related to plants and blossoms.
Sasha (PNW)
No Doofa? Latin plural of doofus? Doesn't everyone know that? (haha, I'm kidding! Not real!)
SS (Chicago)
@Sasha Don't you know four people are researching articles now to send you? :)
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Sasha Wiktionary insists that the plural of “doofus” is “ doofuses” or, my personal favorite, “ doofi”! 😉 https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/doofus
Beverly (NY)
Finally found FA5 for finale.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Beverly I commend your persistence. 👑🐝🎉
Tara (New Jersey)
QB w 2LL & G!
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Tara Nice work! 👑🐝
Jay Why (Upper Wild West)
Well here we go again. Another so near and yet so far 🐝. And I thought I had QB by myself in the bag after my customary terpisochoreally rapid wiggle dance to Genius and beyond. I got hung up on one word and no manner of random typing was going to get me to that Queen 🐝🍯. So a reluctant and brief detour to the hinterland where I discovered said term was the one of electrical measure named for the scientist. Not sure if that one’s a baobab but maybe. Anyhoo, no way I would’ve gotten that so no bonkus of the conkus, at least not today. Thanks to that one clue from Steve G, I do get to enjoy the afternoon and evening in the splendour of Queen 🐝 status. As always, tomorrow’s another 🐝.
Pam (Watertown, MA)
🌸🌸🌸 Same letter list, with mnemonics 10/26/22 More wackiness. citing, inciting Okay buddy, I’m CITING you for INCITING a riot. cocooning, coining, conning, cooing The closeknit couple seemed to be foolishly COOING and COCOONING together, but secretly they were COINING fake quarters and CONNING stores into taking them. Fake quarters? Maybe they were foolish. coding, coinciding, condoning I’m not sure I should be CONDONING your CODING COINCIDING with the ship date. codon, condo Each CODON in a gene adds an amino acid to the CONDO complex of a protein. cognition, concocting, connoting, cottoning, incognito, noticing I’m NOTICING their COTTONING on to the INCOGNITO persona you’re CONCOCTING, because they think the existence of an AI is CONNOTING COGNITION. coin, conic, icon(ic), ionic This COIN will buy one ICON(IC) CONIC waffle of ice cream sprinkled with the IONIC bonds in salt. concoct, cotton You’d be amazed what chemists have managed to CONCOCT out of COTTON seeds. concoction, tonic Dr. Snake’s TONIC is a CONCOCTION of all sorts of crazy stuff. condition, diction After working with a speech coach, the CONDITION of her DICTION has improved. Thank you @Martin for starting these lists. It's a lot of fun putting these crazy words together. Good Bees 🐝🐝🐝to all!
Cate (Littleton)
@Pam This is delightful!
Liz K (Olympia, WA)
@Pam THANK YOU PAM!
Rick Jenkins (San Antonio)
Curious. Offroad is not on the list - it's two separate words. But change one letter, and Yahtzee! You got a word on the list!
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
Wondering if anyone else is experiencing that the 'All' tab is currently displaying posts in the same manner as the 'Reader Picks' tab, with many of today's posts missing? I've closed and reopened the forum a few times with no luck. I access through my web browser, not an app.
Eric B (Houston)
@Ladygoat It’s working perfectly for me. In All, double check check Sort by. If oldest it may look similar at first to Reader Picks. Of course if that’s the case then your post will be near the bottom rather than the top, and you might think it’s gone.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Eric B A good thought, but I had sorted Oldest and then back to Newest a couple of times hoping that might solve the problem--nothing yet. I think I'll clear my history and cookies and see if that helps, though it shouldn't be related at all.
Peregrine (Eden)
@Ladygoat This happens to me sometimes. Recently, I’ve noticed that it has happened after posts have been deleted (after having been flagged, I presume). I notice that when that happens, the OP that had been posted hours earlier will now show as having been posted just a few minutes ago. Usually after refreshing once or twice restores the expected order. It is disconcerting when it happens.
Viki Mac (NYC)
Rolf?
Lenny-t (Vermont)
@Viki Mac He’s not here. Can I take a message?
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Viki Mac “Established in 1971, The Rolf Institute is a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of California and Colorado. It is recognized by the U.S. Government as a tax-exempt educational and scientific research organization. The Rolf Institute has its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Trademark and Copyright Information: Doctor Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) is the sole owner of the trademark "ROLFING®", the brand, and all its derivatives. “ROLFING®” Trademark Usage: The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration is the sole certifying body for ROLFERS™ and ROLFING® practitioners.” https://rolf.org/legal.php As a capitalized and trademarked proper noun, the term is disallowed per Bee rules.
Heiko from Offenbach (Germany PS)
@Viki Mac Rolf derives from Rudolph, probably too early too ask for him 🎄🎄🎄?
Mad Moderate (Cape Cod)
Sheilla D. Thank you, your FO4 clue for meeting places got me my last word which I struggled with. :)
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
If I had a nickel for each time I have misspelled boffalo.
Matthew G (Portland, OR)
@Jay Orchard I herd you.
pat (CO)
@Matthew G I don't which is worse...
SS (Chicago)
@pat You're on the horns of a dilemma...
REC (NJ)
I was baffled cuz I couldn’t use baffle
Soohyun (NH)
@REC It’s not AF6-able
Lynn O. (Gilbert, AZ)
Good Morning, I am AMAZING! Been working Bee here in bed, just got Panagram! Found 17 words worth 55 points, achieved Amazing. It is time to get out of bed, put my feet on the FL10, and move on with my day. Bee Amazing today!
AJS (Indiana)
The angioplasty went well, and my husband is in recovery. I am grateful. Thanks to all for your support.
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@AJS Great news!
KP (California)
@AJS So good to hear! Now take a deep breath and relax. Wishing your husband a speedy recovery.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@AJS So thankful for you and all your loved ones. What a blessing. Thanks for updating everyone here. As KP said! yes, do that.
Spelling Marauder (Pasadena)
Depending on how you get to the Spelling Bee Comments, not everyone sees these NYT guidelines, “Please read the extended guidelines at the bottom of the forum before commenting. Kindly refrain from posting spoilers, and remember to be considerate in your comments.”🐝 Thanks to those hivemates who click “RECOMMEND” daily to make this a top Reader Pick so most who come to the Comments should see it right away and we’ll bee on the same page. Please bee kind to the many who stay up into the wee hours nightly as volunteers to make contributions to the hive. We don’t perform any official function for the NYT and have no control over the game/forum.🐝 Please see “Reply” for more info.🐝
Spelling Marauder (Pasadena)
A spoiler is any word in today’s Spelling Bee. It is also a word containing any word in today’s Spelling Bee. Example: If today’s Bee accepts “COIN” and “COINCIDING” typing the latter in your comment is a spoiler for both.🐝 Bee convention is to type the first two letters in capitals followed by the total number of letters in the word. INCOGNITO=IN(9)🐝 Words not accepted in today’s Bee are not spoilers unless they contain an accepted word.🐝 Kindly try typing in your word a few times or with alternative spellings before commenting it wasn’t accepted. Thank you! I hope this is helpful!🐝
playmin (New York)
** [ T O D A Y ’ S M I S S I N G W O R D S ] ** 🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶🔸🔶 This is the “official” anchor post for the campaign to keep the Hive unclogged by “missing words” posts. Comment here if there are 🔸words you hoped to but didn’t see🔸 today with the available letters. Many of us would like to see the forum kept a little neater and easier to read without the distraction of repeated posts on [the same several] missing words. If you have a missing word you’d like to share or discuss and post under this thread only, it should help in this effort. ✏️ Please 🔸post🔸 the “missing” words (and if you want, definitions, etc.) you’ve found for the current puzzle (in 2LL form such as FO4 if a similar, derivative, or root word appears in the accepted list) in reply to this thread. 🔸Recommend🔸 this anchor post so that it appears in ‘Reader’s Picks’ and it has a better chance of staying near the top for all to see and is better able to catch on. Thank you for contributing your found and favored words and thank you to those who post here in a continued cooperative effort to keep the forum tidy with all missing words comments here. Note this thread is not specifically here to encourage missing words posts; just giving them a place to quietly congregate. If you would like to volunteer to be the responsible admin of this thread and post it daily, please comment below.
playmin (New York)
@playmin ——————— Please 🔸spread the word🔸 this thread is here! Hopefully we can get most people to post their words [just] here instead of all over (and over and over again) throughout the forum. If the posts are all here in an easy to locate place, it may help keep down the repetitiousness, or at least just confine it here. Here is the permalink for today’s thread. 📌 https://nyti.ms/3zjfw1o#permid=121161093 If you want to follow just this thread for activity or 🔸see all the thread’s posts🔸 in one place, open the above link in a new browser tab or window and refresh to check for new messages. It may take a few extra moments to load to the correct screen, but it will eventually bring you directly to this thread.
Spelling Marauder (Pasadena)
@playmin “FADO” - a beautiful, haunting style of music from Portugal.
Rivets (The Toon)
@playmin Offroad
Eric B (Houston)
W O R D L E B E E S 🟩 🟨 ⬛️ 🟨 🟩 🐝 🐝 THURSDAY, October 27 3:00 AM EDT https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html Wordle players - this is the place to share and discuss the game. We aim to keep comments in a tidy thread here so we don’t bother the other buzzy bees, and keep peace in the hive. Please share your results and comments as a reply to this anchor post. Please, NO SPOILERS OR HINTS (that includes letters & words used) for today’s answer! Do feel free to discuss previous games (no longer active), including word details. If you use an app on a mobile device or tablet, you may not be able to read all of the comments. Viewing in a web browser will solve that. This article about the improved WordleBot is a good read, and has links to other articles about Wordle at the end: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/upshot/wordle-wordlebot-new.html For technical issues: [email protected]
Eric B (Houston)
HERE is the permalink for for today’s thread: https://nyti.ms/3zkcfih#permid=121161083 If you want to follow this thread for activity, open that link in a new browser tab or window and refresh to check for new messages.
Eric B (Houston)
Yesterday‘s WordleBot Solutions Wordle 494 - October 26, 2022 In Standard Mode (Luck 73) SLATE FLINT FLOUT In Hard Mode (Luck 50) LEAST BLUNT CLOUT FLOUT
playmin (New York)
@Eric B Hello, all. Happy 🐝ing today! Botty’s comments (in brief) are listed below to the right per turn and number of words left after each guess are in parentheses. ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ strong; unlucky (198) 🟨🟩⬜⬜🟩 solid; narrowed (6 left) ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 pretty good; better options (3) 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 excellent; same guess as bot Skill 85 | Luck 47
Judi (WA)
L E T T E R B O X E D Thu 27 Oct @12:00amPDT/03:00amEDT https://www.nytimes.com/puzzles/letter-boxed Please post hints for the current puzzle in reply to this thread and please recommend this anchor post. **It's been noted that some letters of the alphabet, separated by a hyphen, may trigger a review of the comment. Typing B to S (8), for example, may bypass trouble getting a comment published.** **If you use an app on a mobile device or tablet, you may not be able to read all of the comments with hints. If you use a web browser for the NYT games page, the full thread will be viewable.** For technical issues: [email protected] Link to "Beyond the Crossword" column dedicated to Letter Boxed: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/crosswords/letter-boxed-tips-and-tricks.html ------ @MEW (Michael) has an automated page that publishes all possible two-word solutions for the previous day's Box at 1:00amPDT/4:00amEDT. The link doesn't change, the page updates itself. Here is that link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-0gSzeTNrl3XYnr2AarWHEZdd8lzd71x/view?usp=sharing ------ I'll continue to post this anchor comment when the Bee and the Box reset each day at 12:00amPDT/3:00amEDT, and it SHOULD remain near the top when you sort ALL comments by Oldest.
Judi (WA)
Thu 27 Oct @12:00amPDT/03:00amEDT Sam's solution Oct 26: WORKSHOP --> PLACID Letters for Oct 27: O A F / E P S / L M R / U T W Link to today's thread: https://nyti.ms/3sB4UaA#permid=121161082 ------ This second link from Michael @MEW contains only the NUMBER of two-word solutions for today's box (no spoilers) and is refreshed at 1:00amPDT/4amEDT every day. The link doesn't change, but the underlying document is auto-updated: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-4jEVMXqsrMA8Mjnp69GRkrMmIdDfJkQ/view?usp=sharing -------
Cindy (Oklahoma)
@Judi S-P(5), P-L(8) put this on your envelope, strong
Gulzar (Melbourne, Australia)
@Judi (S-R) 10 (R-P) 04 1. Plant looking like celestial body. 2. Remnant.
Volunteer (Germany)
On certain days, I have trouble not seeing words in German. Der Dorfball ist so doof Mama, ich will nicht hin! :P
playmin (New York)
@Volunteer Yes, this word set particularly lends itself to the German.
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@Volunteer Translation please…
Kath (native New Yorker)
Translation: "The village dance is so dumb, mama, I don't want to go." Maybe the original poster has a better word for "doof" that is not occurring to me at the moment. I also enjoy (and am sometimes interrupted by) finding foreign words among the Bee letters.
Robin Downs (Madison, WI)
Does anyone know what BINGO means? Thery include this sometimes in the hints section
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Robin Downs Hi. If you scroll way down below the Grid and 2LL (two letter list of hints) on the 'Spelling Bee Forum' page, you will find lots of good information, tips and tricks including this spelling Bee Glossary: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/crosswords/spelling-bee-forum-introduction.html
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Robin Downs This Glossary of Spelling Bee Terms should help: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/26/crosswords/spelling-bee-forum-introduction.html
Cate (Littleton)
@Robin Downs BINGO in spelling bee means every letter is used to start a word at least once in the day’s game. I also recommend the link that both @Ladygoat and @Kiki mentioned. There is a lot of useful and fun information to be found there. 🐝😊
Alan S. (AMHERST,OH)
What about something really fancy? FOOFOO
David Goldfarb (Houston)
@Alan S. That seems like a form of "froufrou", which if I'm not mistaken is in fact on the word list.
Alan S. (AMHERST,OH)
@David Goldfarb Yes. Both are occasionally, but not always, hyphenated. FOOFOO should be in there
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Alan S. Merriam-Webster considers it a hyphenated word (but with a different definition), which is probably the reason for its exclusion: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foo-foo Although definitely not a Bee-approved reference, the sometimes cringeworthy Urban Dictionary does provide this definition of “foofoo”, spelled without the hyphen: “Adjective used to describe anything that is just a little to frilly, fancy, or "upper crust". Things that are foofoo might also be a bit on the delicate side.” https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Foofoo
Alexandra (NC)
If anyone needs a hint for BA4, I have a story. When my son was about 7, back in the 90's, he used the word BA4 in front of some teenagers at church. They took him aside and advised him that the proper term was "spew chunks".
Cate (Littleton)
@Alexandra I got a good laugh out of this, and was then reminded of an incident a long time ago. We took my infant son into a public pool. As I was holding him in my arms, a boy nearby whom I didn’t know said ”hey lady, your kid just barfed in the pool!”
Cate (Littleton)
@Cate Oops, so so sorry, inadvertent spoiler 😢
DMC (OC)
Like most things I’m interested in right now, this puzzle is not quite affordable.
Mona (Hannover Germany)
Some light and uplifting reading now available online...The Guardian has just posted a brief item outlining a study of bumblebees at play. Much like us with the Bee, it appears they love their games! Search engine input "Bumblebees get a buzz out of playing..." and the first item should be that Guardian news item.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Mona I'm so glad you shared this information. I just found and read the article. Wow-- bees at play! I've included the link below: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/oct/27/bumblebees-playing-wooden-balls-bees-study
Mona (Hannover Germany)
@Ladygoat Thank you so much for that, didn't know how to post a link myself and that makes it easily accessible for all!
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Ladygoat and @Mona Thanks for sharing! What an intriguing video of bees at play. 🐝
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
My friend had a labrador who loved donuts.
SS (Chicago)
@Jay Orchard Might be a "bad Fo4" for dogs :)
Rob (New Mesico)
Why wasn't "condign" in the word list yesterday? Surely it's not too esoteric for the NYT.
Michael Gilman (Andover)
In today's Bee, there are 8 four-letter F-words. And I've already uttered 7 of them while trying to solve this puzzle.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I was going to complain that faldo is a legit word but stopped myself in the Nick of time.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
Apparently I lack the capacity to figure out FA5.
C (Ca)
Not the capacity, just the palate!
Peregrine (Eden)
@Jay Orchard Try meditating. “Ohm….Ohm…”
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I got a real charge out of that one.
pepper (philladelphia)
Just realized we haven't had any musical comments from RAH in quite a while. He would find musical selections from that day's Bee 🐝 and direct us to them on YouTube. They were always wonderful choices and I thought he was a welcome forum regular. Anyone know anything about his departure? He is missed. 🎶
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
@pepper S/he was taking a trip that had been delayed due to the pandemic.
Barbara (Ohio)
Still don’t know how I would continue reaching genius without Kline’s hints. They are so succinct yet so helpful!
marno (OTT)
For the HG2G fans, one hint, one overlooked word. “Hey, you sass that hoopy FO4 Prefect? There's a FROOD who really knows where his towel is."
Charles (PA)
What about fallboard. According to Merrium-Webster it means, the cover of a piano keyboard.
S h (Columbus)
I had the exact same thought. It’s a pretty common word!
SS (Chicago)
@Charles I've lived with pianos almost my entire life and never heard that. Your comment truly resonates with me!
Maureen (Flanders,NJ)
Rolf /rôlf/ Learn to pronounce verb treat (a person) using Rolfing, a proprietary term for a massage technique aimed at the release and realignment of the body.
Irish (NYC)
Proper nouns are not eligible for inclusion in the Bee.
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
For all disappointed fado enthusiasts Amália Rodrigues and the World of Fado I ARTE.tv Documentary https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/095824-000-A/amalia-rodrigues-and-the-world-of-fado/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=KelSru2GFJQ
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Thinker Thank you so much for this. My husband is a guitarist and we're both looking forward to watching it.
Peter (St. Paul)
great list but you're missing Bofa
Cynthia (MD)
@Peter Your comments are read by other players, not the editor. You didn't explain what bofa means, and all I can think of is Bank of America. Can't find it in reputable dictionaries, can you?
MAC (OR)
Sigh... You're supposed to just say "what's bofa?"
AW (Montana)
One of these days I'm going to type in floof and it's going to be accepted. haha
C (Ca)
Lol, same!
Peregrine (Eden)
@AW I have this vision of the Bee editor poring over a large spreadsheet, wherein he documents how many times a particular word (e.g., floof) has been excluded. This is all plotted over time, with correlates for the number of complaints or laments about it in the forum. He calculates the date on which this will all reach some sort of peak of frustration; this is the date on which all the players collectively and with some sort of remote sympathetic vibration will simultaneously give up trying to find the word. He then marks the following day as the one on which the word will finally appear in the Bee, after which it will not be used again until the cycle repeats itself. Multiply this by all the "favorite" excluded words, and you will envision a nefarious, sadistic, multi-dimensional, lexicographical master scheme.
Darcy (Texas)
@Peregrine The lovely way you wrote that, I can just picture Mad Scientist, Dr No Good, and Mr Hyde all dancing around our Sam as he work his spreadsheet. (Great laugh for a not-so-great day. Thank you!)
Mimi (Caddo Lake, East TX)
Faro is a casino card game. Anyone who has ever seen the movie "Tombstone" probably tried to enter this word, like I did, several times. Really frustrating it wasn't accepted, but FO4 and FA5 were. Oh well, maybe someday it will be added to bee list. Ours is not to reason why...
Cynthia (MD)
@Mimi "Think we missed a word? Email [email protected]. "
Mimi (Caddo Lake, East TX)
@Cynthia Did that. ;)
Joy (Florida)
All I'm missing is BO.....why can't I get BO😂
TC (Fayette)
Think comic books
PS (Gallatin, MT)
@Joy Perhaps you need to up your game & deliver a BO5 performance?
Lenny-t (Vermont)
@Joy Show biz slang. Extremely successful at the box office.
Christine (San Francisco)
Forb?
Cynthia (MD)
@Christine Yes, the puzzles are typically light on hort terms. 24 words were culled from the Bee solution set today, so about half of all possible words didn't make it. "Think we missed a word? Email us at [email protected] "
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@Cynthia Reading your friendly 'guidance' posts today makes me think: we could divide this task between seven of us and each take a day of the week to step into that role. :)
Jennifer (Maryland)
@Christine with you on that —stunned forb wasn’t included but the at-least-as-obscure electrical term was…but I am expanding my vocabulary (or at least excavating high school science terminology from my aging brain).
Michael (White Plains, NY)
QBABM.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Michael Congrats to you! This is quite something (to me) indeed. Celebrate your brain. Well done.
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Michael Yay you!👑
Metalmom (Unknown)
“Frodo!! Frodo!!”
Kris Egg (Durham, NC)
Ah, I couldn’t keep myself from trying “foobar,” even though I knew better :(
Jennifer (Maryland)
@Kris Egg wishing for that alternate spelling for so many reasons!
Mike T (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Oct. 27 list does not contain "fallboard," the piano keyboard cover.
Wren Hill (Western WA)
@Mike T Fa4board is noted as not selected.
Michael (White Plains, NY)
Good afternoon all. Hope everyone is well. GN4L @12/78. Bee back later.
KP (California)
QBABM 🐝🥰🎶 Loved this Bee! It does contain its share of “Bee words,” but thankfully, I remembered them. One 4L word I found accidentally, and I was stunned that it was accepted. I only knew it as a biographical name, but Merriam-Webster lists it as a common noun and verb as well. Learned a new one! Alas, I’m afraid this one will/might trip people up…
Doug in Seattle (Seattle)
Surprised that neither forb (a type of plant) nor fado (a musical genre) were not on the accepted list.
YanEr (US)
Fado (ˈfɑdu ) noun. a kind of Portuguese folk song, usually melancholy and nostalgic. 🎼☹️
Tony (Liverpool, UK)
Hey, never heard of the word for "highly successful". Until today. So guess we in the U.K. won't be caught out next time.
Ginny V (NJ)
I have never in my many decades lifetime ever seen or used the word codon…and several of those decades in a scientific industry. But leave it to the Bee to come up with the weird ones to stump us. Finally got it (and QB) by just randomly punching letters after COD…gheesh!
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Ginny V "One way that viruses adapt is by encoding proteins using the same choice of codons as their host." -David Cyranoski, Scientific American, 23 Jan. 2020 It's a good word for us to learn.
Ellie (Brooklyn)
Now part of the high school curriculum. Post Watson & Crick.
YanEr (US)
I personally prefer Codon to today’s Ba(4)😂
Carol VanZoeren (Delaware)
Kind of amused that rather obscure scientific term FA(5) made the cut today. Unlike so many terms which I consider more common.
KP (California)
@Carol VanZoeren It’s been in the puzzle before.:))
PaciH (Berkeley)
@Carol VanZoerner. FA5 Obscure indeed, another one for the SB larder; I doubt I’ll need when changing a lightbulb, or any other electrical activity in my everyday life.
Vered Peretz (Canada)
Another word missing today: Blaff - A famous (and delicious) recipe I ate in Guadeloupe and Martinique. Blaff is like paella or ratatouille, a foreign word that should be accepted.
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
@Vered Peretz “blaff” The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blaff ------------MW dictionary is 1 of 2 accepted by the Spelling Bee. It is free, on-line and easy to use. You've posted before about words that "should" be included. Thank you for introducing me to this Caribbean dish, but that won't get it into the Bee. If this is truly important to you, Email the NYT: [email protected] If you were in New York, you'd know the expression: "coulda, woulda, shoulda." Life is like that.
Michele Williams (Texas)
Ok, so the makers of this puzzle are not Lord of the Rings fans. I’m offended. 😁
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@Michele Williams We can’t just start throwing in proper nouns all willy-nilly, though. 😉
Michele Williams (Texas)
Oh just adding fodder for a farce.😉 I’m new to this game, but it’s become a new obsession. Thank you to the makers and the community! I enjoy the comments!
Pam (Watertown, MA)
Thank you, Anne Brosnan, for the luminous photo of a bumblebee bathing in the glow of a scarlet zinnia. If you look closely at the first two segments of the bee's abdomen, you can see a yellow band, then a brown band. So is that a Brown-belted bumblebee, Bombus griseocollis? @Bad Bob says yes! https://nyti.ms/3f9dZnV#permid=121162178 🌷🐝 🌸🐛🌻🦋🌼 Last week, I noticed an Eastern bumblebee, B. impatiens, on the ground, looking sluggish. I could see the yellow patch on its face, so I knew it was a male. I put my finger next to him to offer a lift. At first, he raised a middle leg, which is a "back off" sign. Then he set his legs to my finger, and I carried him up to the nearest patch of asters. It took him some time to crawl onto a flower. I got a few photos and was lucky enough to capture his cute little face. Here he is: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/139456795
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Pam What beautiful images-- truly worthy of submission to the NYT! It's always so heartening to read here of hive mates like you who aid our fellow bees. I read some while ago that it's not uncommon for bees to work themselves to exhaustion or to find themselves worn out while trying to escape an enclosed space. It suggested we could offer them a little simple syrup on a q-tip to give them strength to get back to the hive or to a sap-filled flower for proper nourishment. The same article said not to offer honey, since it is almost certainly not made in their own hive, and if injested their fellow bees will reject and attack them on their return home. I have been awed to watch fatigued bees trapped in my sun porch use their tiny tongues to sip from simple syrup before being carefully released.
Peregrine (Eden)
@Pam Wow! That reminded me of the childhood honeybee story I posted here recently.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Pam Brave you are. You and another here with these bees. I love seeing them and zoom in but still with some hesitant, respectful distance. Thanks as always for providing such delightful information. If memory serves, exactly the type/description of the bee and flower from Bad Bob.
Tony (Mass.)
Missing: FORBAD, past tense of forbid
Angela Smitheram (Australia)
I know its in the dictionary as forbad but that doesn’t make sense to me. Bade is the past tense of bid. As shown in the dictionary. What does bad have to do with bid?
Angela Smitheram (Australia)
I am genuinely confused by this strange dictionary entry. There are a couple of people who have raised forbad as the past tense so there is confusion out there.
Peregrine (Eden)
@Angela Smitheram Well, “forbade” is often pronounced as “forbad,” so it’s probably just a corrupted/phonetic spelling that became established.
Dennis (New Jersey)
Did anyone else try to add the word "OFF" to the beginning and end of every other word they found, or was that just me? I mean come on, everyone knows what a "FOOD OFF" is, right?
CCD (Denver)
@Dennis I kept trying to add “ABLE” to various words…start typing then at the end of the word remember no “E”
KP (California)
@Angela Smitheram Fa7!
KP (California)
@Dennis Yes, you are on the right track.:). Keep going…
Ragingacademic (Middle East)
What about...: Offroad Fado ??
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@Ragingacademic I think it’s off-road.
Maria (Chile)
Fado, music from Portugal
Zisela (California)
I don't understand why some common foreign words are accepted and some not.
Ellen S (WA)
Zizela -- Ours is not to reason why.......
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
Everyone wants to get in their four-wheel drive vehicles and go offroad today. Unfortunately, you need a hyphen to do that. Think of that little connecting line as a seat belt.
Hools (Northern CA)
Nope.The word is commonly used without a hyphen.
KP (California)
@Hools It’s hyphenated in Merriam-Webster.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@mdbeck Omg. The puzzle is full of these today for me. Don’t know where Matthew G is with his Beeologisms but: Brafl(5): what happens when you are working to hard or you are maybe trying to lie and the stress gets to you? Baldoff: competition for the most fabulous one of all. Barfl(5): what everyone dreams of- a busted system with downpour of elixir everywhere’s So many more I’d think and mine aren’t as creative for sure. Jay O having fun out there.
Vered Peretz (Canada)
Fado is a music genre like jazz or blues. Forgotten in that Spelling Bee!!!!
ElaineS (NYC)
@Vered Peretz Not selected isn’t the same as forgotten. Not selected is an editor’s decision.
M (Denver)
How can Forb not be on the list?? (Non-grass herbaceous plant)
GrandmaL (New Jersey)
Pat (Sajak), I would like to buy an ‘E’.
Matthew M (Chicago)
Wondering if others felt yesterday’s game certainly fit the political times of our country …and many other countries. Priceless words.
Jubi (Fort Lauderdale)
QB-1, again. Got 22 by myself, another 6 via the 2LL. Help please - FA, 6 letters.
McRumi (Richmond VA)
@Jubi it's not far off.....
KP (California)
@Jubi There’s no FA6 in the puzzle.
Martin (Yonkers, NY)
🌏🌍🌎 Today’s bonus pangram-only game: (If you’d like to play, please don’t spell out the answers. Please reply with hints or clues. Many thanks!) A, B, E, G, H, L, U (2 pangrams)
Martin (Yonkers, NY)
@Martin Answer to yesterday’s pangram game (10/26): E, I, Q, S, T, U, X ----> exquisite
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@Martin One of those is much kinder than the other.
dalums (Pacific NW)
@Martin - 🧸
McRumi (Richmond VA)
Woohoo! QBABM no hints, grid, LL etc. Warning...there's an obscure F word dealing with electrical capacitance...Sam's at it again. Pure guess on my part. Otherwise, a wacky and FFFFFFun Bee!
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@McRumi I should have kept at the monkey typing! I had to ask my spouse and now my QB is tainted, lol.
KP (California)
@McRumi Congrats!! 🎉 I’m a QBABM as well, and feeling gooood… The scientific F word has been in the Bee before.😉
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@McRumi Congrats to you for this fine feat! Fun, fabulous, fantastic finds indeed. Well done!
Mridula (NJ)
Feeling off not having an 'E' to work with.
Maggie (NY)
You'll accept penne but not farfalla!
CBL (Alabama)
because it's farfalle if it's the pasta. farfalla is a butterfly in Italian
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Maggie Spelled differently in M-W: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farfalle
Peregrine (Eden)
@Maggie If you expect farfalla, then you’d also have to expect linguino, penna, ditalino, fettucino, etc. We’d starve.
David Goldfarb (Houston)
I keep wanting to make AF10 (able to be bought, not overly expensive) and being stymied by the lack of an E. (And yes, I realize that the word doesn't actually fit in a 7-letter grid.)
Dan (Arizona)
YES!! QBABM!
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Dan Well done! 👑🐝🎉
JL S. (DC)
@VJR Agree that FORBAD is indeed a dictionary word and needed to be counted on today’s🐝 Had it not been forbidden, I would have been to genius level by now since I’m one word (one point) away!
JL S. (DC)
Simply OF(5) intestinal!
ElaineS (NYC)
@JL S. We only reach Genius or QB by finding the words that the editor selects. If a word were added to the Bee, the required totals in points and words would have also increased.
Joan Giardina (St Paul, MN)
Made a big kerfuffle over trying every possible spelling of “folderol.”
ElaineS (NYC)
@Joan Giardina Great word! I, too, wished for an e today.
David Illig (Maryland)
“There's a frood who really knows where his towel is!" —Zaphod Beeblebrox, referring to Ford Prefect
Lenny-t (Vermont)
@David Illig I had actually tried it! I mean, what the heck - sometimes you can never tell…
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@David Illig Excellent! I presume you always had your towel at the ready, sir.
joyce (canada)
When I first played this game I did not get more than half the words. I did not reach genius until weeks later. I finally discovered that there was more to this game and aspired to, but did not reach queen bee. After a year of playing I am finally getting good at this. But it certainly takes work and patience. All you newcomers, take heart. Don't give up. Success awaits. The magnitude of the reward equals what you put into the game.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@joyce What a lovely and encouraging comment. I'm glad you shared this.
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@joyce I too have seen noticeable improvement. Of course it helps that words tend to reappear; I usually remember them by the third time around or so, lol.
KP (California)
@joyce I agree with you 100%. When I started playing 2 years ago, I was happy to get to AmazingABM; Genius followed some months later. Once I discovered the Forum this spring, I was obsessed with reaching QB with all the help I could find. Today, I reached my 15th QBABM.🎶 On this climb up a steep mountain, I learned a huge number of “Bee words.” Yes, I got smarter along the way. 🤪
VJR (North America)
Annoying! FORBAD was in the admissible word list for puzzle {2019.09.24 T; D_ABFLOR} but not for today's puzzle {2022.10.27 R; F_ABDLOR}.
David Illig (Maryland)
@VJR: “Variety's the very spice of life…” —William Cowper, 1731-1800
Frank (Washington DC)
Oh well…”A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Ken (Missouri)
“Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues.” (Malcolm Gladwell)
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️ Took me forever to get to genius and then I finally found the pangram. Got 3 more with my WIMP list. Grid and 2LL for last 2. Took about 1 1/2 hours to solve and write hints. Please vote these up so they are with the rest. AF 🔸 From a distance, poetic (4 🔸 Have enough money to buy that house maybe (6) 🔸 Rounded hairstyle popular among Black's in the 60's (4) AL 🔸 Lucerne used for livestock fodder, resembles clover (7 🔸 Standoffish (5 BA 🔸 Vomit (4 BO 🔸 Best in class, 'Magnificent', 'Outstanding' often referring to a performance (5 DO 🔸 Remove an article of clothing e.g a hat (4) FA 🔸 Autumn (4 🔸 Don’t want to do this from the wagon or a highwire, cpd 4L+3L (7 🔸 The SI unit of ability to hold an electrical charge, symbol F (5 🔸 A species of wheat, spelt used in salads or side dishes (5) FL 🔸 Loose body fat (4 🔸 Why Noah built the ark (5 🔸 Sweep and mop this once a week (5 🔸 A wooden plank, cpd 5L+5L, pngrm (10* 🔸 Often precedes fauna (5 🔸 A blooming arrangement at weddings (6 FO 🔸 Baby horse (4 🔸 Do this with the laundry (4 🔸 A carryout order maybe (4 🔸 Trick someone, esp April 1 day (4 🔸 Plural name of this website where we comment (4 🔸 Detroit automaker (4 LO 🔸 Goof off or loll around (4 🔸 Fruit interior used as a shower sponge (5 OF 🔸 Internal organs of an animal used as food e.g. liver (5 🔸 Remove the cargo, cpd 3L+4L, (7 RO 🔸 Don't have this over your head if you are homeless (4
Oxford Shoes and Commas (Rolling Hills of Farms and Wineries)
Thank you @Stephanie! 🔸🔶🔸 👑🐝🌺🍯
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
@Oxford Shoes and Commas You are welcome!
Andie (London)
@Stephanie Thank you! Your hints often help me get to QB!
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
Wordle 495 3/6* ⬛🟦⬛🟧⬛ 🟧🟧⬛🟧⬛ 🟧🟧🟧🟧🟧 WordleBot Skill 99/99 Luck 66/99 Tied the Bot. 1 down or 4 across from the mini would be good ones to start with.
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
@Stephanie I wonder if you can get a 99 for skill and for luck?
Stephanie (Ann Arbor)
💐💐💐💐💐 Please Bee 🐝 kind. Bee 🐝 positive. Give people the benefit of the doubt. KIndness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. Unknown
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Stephanie A pay it forward message. Love it and reminds me of that movie. A great way for change that one simple act made. Thanks as always. You give a daily smile:)) kindness does make a change in your heart too so helping everyone involved. Thanks again.
Peregrine (Eden)
@SmallFry I love your new photo!!
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Peregrine Thanks. It’s a bee on our azalea bush. Just taken a week or so ago. Yours as well! Color from many. Yours captures the eye. We had a family of five in our parts (maybe not the exact same kind) and grateful but they scared us to death a few times until their little ones got off onto their own. Very protective. Like a mockingbird on steroids. Yikes. Our chipmunk and bunny population have diminished though. One chipmunk running around near a hawk on a log while I’m thinking what the heck are you doing until I noticed the hawk pulling at something with its beak; Guessing the chipmunks friend. Distressing. What you see in the not so wild wild. Amazes me as we are just on the outskirts of a city, barely over the imaginary line really.
Carol Cason (Charlotte NC)
We should be dealt in on FARO, a gambling game that's been around at least 100 years, and like "poker" isn't usually capitalized.
KateK (Brats- SVK)
floorball ???
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@KateK With all the ice hockey fans in my family and husband who was a goalie, I am surprised I had never heard of this sport, a type of indoor floor hockey played with a plastic ball which resembles a Wiffle Ball with a dimpled surface. According to Wikipedia: “The game was invented in Sweden in the late 1960s. The basic rules were established in 1979 when the first floorball club in the world… was founded in Sweden. The sport is organized internationally by the International Floorball Federation (IFF)…In December 2008, the IFF and the sport of floorball received recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In July 2011, the IOC officially welcomed the IFF into its family of Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF). This will pave the way for floorball to enter the official sport program.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floorball There are hopes that floorball all will be accepted in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and perhaps will even be recognized by Spelling Bee!
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
How I Got Here I’m an honest person–not because I’m pure of heart, but because I make a mess out of lying. As a child, whenever I tried concocting a story to cover up facts, my face reddened, instantly indicting me. That unwitting blush is still with me. The only solution is to let go of conning and conniving and stick to the truth. I’ve always had a fantasy of being a spy. I have a habit of noticing things and would enjoy coding messages and following breadcrumbs on paths to uncover a mystery. Unfortunately, I don’t have what it takes to pursue a career in espionage. For one, I don’t blend in well. I have an unusual profile, a distinctive voice, and a manner that suggests intensity–so I doubt I’d be able to remain ‘incognito.’ Fortunately, there’s always another side to a coin. In setting aside the exciting twists and turns that come with a life of deception and intrigue, I found an activity that allows me to exercise similar muscles while remaining in a safe cocoon. Writing requires exploration and invention–a cousin of deception–but the cat can be purring on your lap and mourning doves cooing outside the window. Coinciding with wild adventures on the page can be peaceful evenings featuring conversation, music, and the chime of the clock. The contrast creates a tension that satisfies that primal urge to stray–without causing any reddening of the face. Oct. 26 Bee words used: concocting, indicting, conning, noticing, coding, incognito, coin, cocoon, cooing, coinciding.
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
@mdbeck ☺Marvelous! I love detective stories and thrillers. Your reverie made me think of Raymond Chandler’s remark that Dashiell Hammett took murder out of the drawing room and put it back in the gutter where it belonged. Still, I wouldn't mind taking tea with Jane Marple.
David Illig (Maryland)
@mdbeck: “…I make a mess out of lying…” Interesting. I think that lying and deceit come naturally to almost everyone. We’ve all got our secrets. If there is some element of truth in one’s lies, or one can convince oneself that there is an element of truth, it is easier to lie and lies are less likely to be uncovered. “I’ve always had a fantasy of being a spy… Unfortunately, I don’t have what it takes to pursue a career in espionage. For one, I don’t blend in well. I have an unusual profile, a distinctive voice, and a manner that suggests intensity–so I doubt I’d be able to remain ‘incognito.’” It’s not really a matter of physically blending in. In the course of my career, I, a Caucasian, served in S.E. Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa, places where I had no chance of looking like a native resident. One needs to socialize and develop a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, both among the local and the expat communities. Having a wide range of interests and knowledge of many subjects is important. Studying the history, geography, society, religion and the language before taking an assignment is essential. Flies are exploited and trapped with honey (and sometimes money), not with vinegar. https://www.flickr.com/photos/primeval/13024995215/
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@David Illig With this coaching, my life might have had a different shape...
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I’m having trouble with today’s puzzle. Must me feeling a little off.
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@Jay Orchard Are you trying to solve it while drinking coffee and watching the playoffs in your office? That could be your problem.
Liz (Berkshires)
It is unfortunate that we have no word for Fat Retriever [FL9] despite the fact that they can be found in many snack loving homes.
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@Liz There are many FL(4)radors in my neighborhood!
SmallFry (Tennessee)
AJS Thinking of you and your other today again and your entire brood. Hoping with all that I can that all is well and in great hands. So grateful you had others providing comfort of what they had to endure to provide insight and discussion that provided much more Hope. Know you will let everyone know. We are all there with you it seems.
AJS (Indiana)
@SmallFry Thank you. I still feel optimistic, but I’m just waiting now.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@AJS We are with you. Tearing up with a passionate plea. Warm touch from me and a hug if you need would be offered. Hope the insanity of the season as disturbing as it sounds is helping with a smile here and there still despite all the other thoughts. Hate you are going through this but glad he’s in Louisville in good hands there.
AJS (Indiana)
Drinking coffee in the hospital cafeteria while my husband undergoes his angioplasty, I relied on hints from @Kline and @Mona to reach QB. So today was a QBNQBM (QB not quite by myself). So I am satisfied. We had another trip to the ER yesterday, but it was a false alarm. I dropped off the dogs at the kennel, where the older Aussie gave me a look of alarm and distress that said, “But I’m his nurse and I need to be there!” The cat was pleased to have the house and bed to himself last night (i.e., minus the dogs). People walk by me carrying pumpkins and wearing witch hats. Looks like a party is in the making here. I will ‘party’ just to know my spouse is well and recovering.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@AJS Funny as I was likely writing mine as you replied! So grateful you checked in! Exclamation seem a must.
ElaineS (NYC)
@AJS Sending best wishes.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@AJS I'm energizing that all goes well for you both today. You mentioned previously that he has long suffered with these distressing symptoms-- I truly have hope that this corrective surgery will return him to health.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
barFO4 - the drunk in the pub spouting nonsense.
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@Jay Orchard I've met him. (And seen him FA7 his bar stool.)
DEL (BC)
BO folks no clue, help the clueless
Pat (Maryland)
@DEL, think of a Hollywood headline.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
Rhymes with scarfo.
ElaineS (NYC)
@DEL I think of it as a show biz slang term for a very successful production.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
My attempt to solve today’s puzzle was completely foobar.
Suz (Oriole Beach FL)
@Jay Orchard U are punny.
Gee H (Atlanta)
E, how I miss thee.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
Rats! I misspelled falafel. I feel like a real doof.
David Illig (Maryland)
@Jay Orchard: I’ll bet you feel awful.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
odoroff - another term for deodorant.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I could’ve used Fodor ‘cause today’s puzzle was a trip.
maeve (wi)
DORF is in in the dictionary it a golfing term
Eric B (Houston)
@maeve Which dictionary? It’s not in either of the two that matter to the Bee. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dorf
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
@maeve I think we know -dorf[German]/ -thorp[Old Saxon] as a suffix meaning village (rural habitation of size between a hamlet and a town). I know it by its 2nd meaning: (figuratively) backwater (remote place; somewhere that remains unaffected by new events, progresses, ideas, etc.), which came to me via Yiddish: "Aunt Sara is from Odessa. Uncle Abraham came from a dorf." Either way, backwater or golf term, it's not in MW and not in the Bee.
Kiki (Santa Maria, CA)
@maeve “Dorf is a fictional character created by comedy writer and performer Tim Conway. He was the main character in a series of direct-to-video films during the 1980s and 1990s. Dorf was characterized by his diminutive height (he was performed by Conway standing in a hole with fake shoes attached to his knees), toupée, toothbrush mustache, pot belly , unusual accent and frequent pratfalls. Each film focused on a particular sport (baseball, auto racing, golf, fishing), with Dorf humorously giving instructions on the history and play of the sport.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorf_(character) I checked several golf references, both serious and humorous, but did not find your “golfing term”. It may be a reference to the 1987 satirical short Conway film “Dorf on Golf”: “The film is the first in a series of eight films released by Conway using the Dorf sporting theme. Dorf is the main character, giving instruction in how to play golf. He is apparently Swedish (his accent is from Conway's "Mr. Tudball" character on The Carol Burnett Show) and is about as tall as a 5-year-old; his height and some humorous movements are achieved by Conway standing in a hole, with fake shoes attached above his knees. As a result, Dorf always stands in one place.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorf_on_Golf Tim Conway fans can watch the trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFlOgrodJPo Bee rules do not allow “Dorf”, a fictional name and capitalized proper noun.
KAN (Upstate NY)
Another glorious photo to start the day! Thank you, Anne Brosnan. 🌸💝🐝
Maggie (Florida)
Broadfall is the name of a type of pants which buttons on both sides, the Amish sometimes wear them and we had a type of them in the early sixties I think, for girls. This word, and others I’ve found, are in the dictionary but not allowed. Why?
ElaineS (NYC)
Sorry, but the word doesn’t appear in either of the Bee’s primary online dictionaries—Merriam Webster and Oxford New American. But, even if the dictionary has a word, the Bee might not include it. Each Bee is a selection of about 50% of the eligible words, on average. This keeps each Bee to a manageable length.
ElaineS (NYC)
@ElaineS I am correcting myself to say that someone else found it in MW dictionary. The rest of my comment still applies, though.
Bruce Jordan (Marlborough, MA)
FO6, refused to allow
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Bruce Jordan 'Forbad' would make an interesting choice for a future Bee word (I only include the word in full here because I've solved and it's not a full or imbedded spoiler). It was likely not chosen for today's word list because though it is in Merriam-Webster as an acceptable past tense of the transitive verb 'forbid', 'forbade' is the much more commonly known version of the word. There is a sub-thread here in the comments for sharing 'Missing Words' that you can usually find quickly in the Reader Picks tab (above), but email your word suggestion to [email protected] if you'd like to see it included in future.
TyAnn (Alabama)
Nothing like a little OF(5) with your morning coffee!
Judy (Oakland, CA)
Steve G., thank you for the last (electric) word)!
Sean (Denver)
I learned something new.
Irish (NYC)
Thank you, Anne, for todays bright and cheerful bee photo! Genius with a little boost from the 2LL. I’ll be back for QB later.
Moonshine (Mare Humorum)
What foobar!
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I could do a long riff on this but raff is a word.
Jim K (Portland)
You should probably attend to your own orchard, Jay.
Jay Orchard (Miami Beach)
I tried faroff but it wasn't even close.
Bruce Jordan (Marlborough, MA)
OF7, vehicles not for the streets
Eric B (Houston)
@Bruce Jordan In US English it’s hyphenated.
Amy H (Ohio)
Having trouble with the “BO” word?
SpecialEd Teacher (Pittsburgh)
@AmyH, no, but only because I remember this word from previous Bees!
ElaineS (NYC)
@Amy H Think of an enthusiastic show biz term.
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@Amy H Think of Marx Brothers-type sounds.
Pamalam (USA)
I was hoping we were getting into the holiday season early falalalalalalalala!
Monicat (Western Catskills)
I was just ruing the fact that I had not gotten my crown without help, and today I am QBABM. Enjoyed the posts and hints anyway. I especially liked @Peter's BAFFALO: Confused Bison. HAR. Yesterday's words took Today's Haiku to a negative place. A Tonic for These Idiotic Times Incognito is an iconic hideaway for concocting hope. tonic, idiotic, incognito, iconic, concocting Good Morning, @Everyone. Bee careful out there.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Monicat Congrats! You definitely deserve it for certain and hope you celebrate with a Woohoo or a Yahoo or whatever delights you. This doesn’t seem negative at all to me but mysterious. Just fabulous. Really reminds me of Liz K.’s and even Higg’s smushed together in one fabulous thought! Amazing really that the words connect all with similar thoughts that transpire into something so different. Love this haiku from you today.
mdbeck (Lake Elmo, MN)
@Monicat I agree with SmallFry; not negative, but mysterious and (as the word is in there) hopeful. (Now, if you'd said "hype," I would have thought of an unscrupulous publicist...)
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Monicat I've written this one on a slip of paper to remember. Thank you.
Marina (Saugerties)
Folar? Come ON editors. I am sooooo frustrated by The number of scientific words you omit - which are a lot more common than many of the cultural particularities you include.
Eric B (Houston)
@Marina For example?
ElaineS (NYC)
@Marina If all possible words were included, each Bee would be too long. On average, about 50% of eligible words are selected, of varying lengths, using all the letters one way or another. We’d never all agree on which words ought to be included.
Liz (USA)
@Marina Are you perhaps thinking of foliar? If not, could you please define "folar"?
dh (ottawa)
offroad?
Millard Taylor (Chapel Hill, NC)
I think it’s hyphenated
Lisa (NYC)
DO = 4 letters and must contain an F? How can I not get this? I've tried every possible combo? Argh.
Amanda (Herts)
@Lisa Would it help if I said it must contain 2 Fs? 😉
Fin de Guerre (London)
Or do they appear to ‘ off’ each other?
Fin de Guerre (London)
Do these bees not ‘faff’ around from time to time?
CJ Keane (Central New Jersey)
@Fin de Guerre Not American bees, typically.
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
Denexile (New York)
Faro??
Jim K (Portland)
Spelling. Spoiler.
ElaineS (NYC)
@Denexile Your word is fine, and like many others, just isn’t included today,
TSharif (NJ)
Three things I’ve learned playing the Bee now for a year: I can always get GABM, I can never get QABM, I can always get Q with the wonderful hints, and the hints by themselves are enough almost all the time
Barra (Berlin)
Offroad?
ElaineS (NYC)
@Barra It’s hyphenated.
Peter (Scarsdale, NY)
I feel like a FO4 (the fourth)! I found all of the difficult words, but one of the easiest was the last one I found - FO4 (the second)!
Sally (Planet Earth)
Oh flaff
Kkthln (MN)
👑🐝 finally, but only with a little help from my bee friends. Tks!
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Kkthln Don’t we all need a little help everyday. Congrats to you for feeling accomplished with just this extra little help to spark your brain. All you still. Woohoo!
Leslie
Forb?
DA (Wash DC)
Fado
Bianca (Germany)
Why not "Offroad"?
ElaineS (NYC)
@Bianca The dictionary says it’s hyphenated.
Ginger (Natick, MA)
I’d like to buy an “e,” please.
Anna (Minnesota)
Yes! That is the exact comment I came to make! :)
Dennis (New Jersey)
@Ginger "Oof I'm sorry, there aren't any Es. Next spin please."
Colleen (WI)
@Ginger ha!
Mark (Alexandria, VA)
Fado should be an acceptable word for this bee.
ElaineS (NYC)
@Mark It’s an acceptable word, it’s just not selected for today—along with many other valid words.
Marcella (Michigan)
Blaff - a delicious West Indian stew There should be more inclusion of other cultures’ words. There are popular italian words for food and opera, kosher words ( muslim and jewish), French words for clothing but not Arabic words (that are in the NYT) for instance “Abaya”
ElaineS (NYC)
@Marcella The words have to appear in a standard Am. English dictionary. That makes them current English words, whatever their origins.
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
@Marcella I remember IMAM and HALAL in several Bees. Salaam.
Nancy McPherson (Cameron, MT)
Who else tried boof? 🤣
PenelopePitStop (West Coast)
Oh my new spelling of boeuf de bourguignon 🤓
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Nancy McPherson Hand raised high, jumping in my seat. Oooooh! Oooooh! Ooooooh! Indeed.
David W (Missouri)
In whitewater kayaking jargon a “boof” is a move where you drive your boat at a rock and use your momentum to sort of skip over the top of it (sometimes even becoming briefly airborne). I’m sure there’s an oblique derivation from the other slang usage :)
Craig (IL)
maybe we could go offroad to a casino and play some faro.
Lois Holz (Iowa)
While listening to fado.
Liz K (Olympia, WA)
@Lois Holz i tried fado four times!
Jane (Florida)
Sheesh. I'm still getting used to the extent to which slang is now acceptable as real words! B4? Seriously? Still finding my way in the modern world, learning as I go. 😊
ElaineS (NYC)
@Jane If one or the other of the standard Bee dictionaries includes the word, and it’s not vulgar, it can be eligible for Bee selection. Merriam Webster online is free. I’m also sometimes surprised by included words.
Sally (Planet Earth)
My dog would disagree.
Dave (Cottenboro)
Conditioning Caveat before I continue--- my stories will have differently abled folk in them and I'll jump thru the hoops of political correctness w/ grace & elan (or not), but it's mainly stories and people. Suzanne was a blind passenger and we became boyfriend/girlfriend and her blindness was certainly a salient feature, but I stopped thinking of her as blind early on; she was just like everyone else, absolutely unique. Christy of OK brought up a good point yesterday, people are surprised to find deafness to be harder to deal with than vision loss. A blind person is socially connected. Deafness doesn't restrict your mobility, but it can bring on social isolation. (Blindness doesn't nec. restrict mobility; big topic, later) I first got to know Suzanne when she traveled by cane. Then she went to Morristown N.J. and got her first Seeing Eye dog. Her dog, Sparkle transformed her into a social butterfly on the bus. No one initiated conversation with her w/ cane in hand; go out in public w/ a dog and you've got a sure fire ice breaker by your side. The transformation was incredible, she was still the same person, but people SAW her differently. I watched her bloom. Many people wanted to pet Sparkle but it's better if she's not distracted. It was weird, a few folks would say,"I shouldn't pet your dog should I?" and those were the ones Suzanne wanted to reward. Here's the concept: when the seeing eye dog is in its harness, it's working, keeping it's owner safe.
pepper (philladelphia)
Love your daily contributions. I always perk up when I see your posts. Just to add when I got my first dog 🐕 at 60 years old I also bloomed. People wanted to pet her and always were happy to start conversations. She changed my life to be sure. Also is Cottonboro a real place or just a fictional home? Just curious. 😇
MM (Chicago)
@Dave I thought about what you wrote about Suzanne yesterday off and on all day. This one is also so affecting and thoughtful. A treat to find your daily essay. Thank you!
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Dave Thanks so much. Oh my. Yes, you and another here sparking memories of cherished people from my past who experienced such tragedies but when you get the right combination in their lives it really can make for a kaleidoscopic dream of a life, even just a little. Thanks so much to you both and for Liz K and her thread for assisting this change of thought on how impactful just a few thoughts or words can be to spark something in another. So grateful that Suzanne found her perfect “sparkle” to have her life shine and glitter in so many delightful ways so she could see the color in people all around her. What a way you see these miracles in your life. Thanks again.
toes (kentucky)
Gimme more words to the spelling bee. I'm stuck
Patty (USA)
I know it is a name, but I so wanted to add Frodo to my list.🤣
Liz (USA)
@Patty So did I 😊
Bad Bob (Ormond Beach)
Anne’s picture shows us a brown-belted bumble bee nourishing itself on a fresh zinnia blossom. Thank you, Anne!
pepper (philladelphia)
Were you ever able to identify yesterday's flower? You come through every day. Grateful. 😇
jdatlanta (NC)
@Bad Bob Thank you for the info--lovely to get the IDs with the photo.
Rilynn Rook (My house)
I think they should do more than one once a day
Carolyn (Austin TX)
@Rilynn Rook NO. I'd never get anything else done.
Frenchie (Paris, france)
@Rilynn Rook Oh yes what a splendid idea, I would love 2Bees a day :-) But then I have plenty of time as a retiree;-)
MEP (California)
Offroad
ElaineS (NYC)
@MEP I looked for it myself. Merriam Webster says it’s hyphenated.
Mr. Pickerel (Florida)
Improper PHRASE: F+ABDLOR 18 letters: F: Refrain that follows “of holly” or “to be jolly” (9 wds.)
Rita (NYC)
Can’t find the pangram!! Help!!! 😿
Lee Bridges (L.A., CA)
Two five letter words together. One starts with F.
Aurora (NYC)
Thank you so much for this hint! Was just enough to help me figure it out without giving it away.
Thinker (Everywhere, Always)
@Rita It's not right in front of your eyes, but might be under your feet. Please add this to Lee Bridges' hint.
Ann Lia Rubio (Tappahannock, VA and NYC)
Once again, my little collie and I are protesting strongly against the exclusion of "floof".
Lee Bridges (L.A., CA)
Need new words meaning "to do the Bee in the middle of the night" and "to kick one's spouse while sleeping due to active dreams" Maybe "I somnabeelated because me husband kept sleepshinning me."
PenelopePitStop (West Coast)
So true Lee. An add to the urban dictionary 🤓
Sandy (San Francisco)
@Lee Bridges Bahahahahahaa I have lurked here FOREVER, but “sleepshinning “ (which Siri just turned into “sleep hinting” - also perfect for here!) made my day…..at 5 am, that’s a good feat!
SmallFry (Tennessee)
Some Cognition: Many concoctions Concocting an idiotic concoction leaves one in need to concoct a recipe tonic free Conditioning oneself, one’s cognition, on the diction, coding and coining is a feat to see Connoting vivid images of ideal dreams only comes from a few Like icing on a cake or fresh morning dew Many citing and others noticing their icons Some in an incognito condition, cocooning their cocoon of words under iconic dons Others cooing like cotton candy cottoning the page with sheer delight Others dicing the letters and indicting the list over a missed word with much fright None condoning spoilers, conic cocci, as they ruin the fun Although a chance to indict the editor never met with a shun Some coin a new word or phrase for fun or a pun for inciting hollers and hoots Maybe some conning going on? as maybe it’s an old coot running around in some boots Coinciding in this space filled with ionic energy Feels like a little, tinct condo full of synergy Bee words 10.26.22: concocting, idiotic, concoction, concoct, tonic, conditioning, cognition, diction, coding, coining, connoting, icing, citing, noticing, icon(s), incognito, condition, cocooning, cocoon, iconic, cooing, cotton, cottoning, diving, indicting, condoning, conic, cocci, indict, coin, inciting, conning, coot, coinciding, ionic, tinct, condo (missing 1 ugh!) Hope you enjoy it a little. Glad the idea came to me as I often think about these words and this space here fondly. Hope all see that in this.
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@SmallFry This community space/place really is an interesting place full of learning, leaning on each other and most of all developing knowledge of the language and from all areas. Nappy, meaning a diaper or napkin in British terminology, learned from who knows where but heard the most from Choe’s Closet as those were replayed until my mind was about to burst; You still have to know the context to know which they are referencing. Context with some words still necessary IMHO. Fanny, a new one from a London Lady, referencing a woman’s parts, for some should be unmentionable. Just a fun place to gain something to carry on throughout your day even if it’s just the win! of QBABM, with the grid, with the HINTERS, with the web, whatever it takes for some. Your choice, you are the only knowing one. Thankfully designed that way as many often say: The words are chosen but you choose how and when you get there or when and where to stop. The Bee, for me most days, really rules and rocks.
Mona (Hannover Germany)
@SmallFry Love this playful ode to our Bee! Thank you!❤
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Mona Thanks! So funny as that really is all I could see in these. I loved your musing on your dog conditioning you though! So funny. I think that could really go somewhere. Your words to Liz K today were so perfect. I feel like I’m a space hog sometimes but your transcend boundaries and exploring what binds us was so beautiful. Will have to reread this. Thanks so much for all you provide here.
Dee (NJ)
Sheilla D. Your hints always help me get to Queen Bee level. Thank you! The one that stumped me today was FA5. Your clue cinched it for me.
Ky (Oregon)
"We are Hobbits of the Shire. FRODO Baggins is my name and this is Samwise Queenbee."
C (Brooklyn)
Forb
Lois Holz (Iowa)
As in Euforbia?
Jenger (Out There)
Soooo many Capitals today!!!
TesstheFirst (The Sunshine City In The Sunshine State)
@Anne Brosnan- kudos on such a gorgeous photo in that bright flower and a busy chubby bee to start my day!
playmin (New York)
Gosh, one really knows it’s bedtime when one’s last word (speaking of a friend 😉) is an FO(4)… PS it was fo4 as in clothes or origami. Doink. Goodnight!
G Freeman (Manchester UK)
Missing word...Falafal
JG (New Jersey)
Usually with an “e”
playmin (New York)
@G Freeman not how it’s spelled.
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@G Freeman No such word. Try M-W or NOAD.
Sheilla D. (Tennessee)
HINTS IN SENTENCES PART 1 AF 🐝 He adored her from AF4 but was too shy to ask her out. 🐝 They fell upon hard times and could not AF6 basic necessities. 🐝 Keisha enjoyed wearing her hair in a natural AF4 as an alternative to braids. AL 🐝 The Little Rascal with a cowlick was named AL7. I wonder why they named his character after a crop. 🐝 Liza was cool and AL5; a very hard person to get to know. BA 🐝 Tim had a stomach virus that caused him to BA4 repeatedly. BO 🐝 The word, BO5 was coined by the Hollywood trade magazine, Variety, and means, "very good." DO 🐝 Jon is a charming fellow with impeccable manners. He even DO4s his hat when meeting a lady. FA 🐝 "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great FA4." 🐝 Though they were open 24 hours, business at the diner tended to FA7 between midnight and 6 am. 🐝 Oxford defines FA5 as, "the SI unit of electrical capacitance, equal to the capacitance of a capacitor in which one coulomb of charge causes a potential difference of one volt." It may be easier to think of it as [a long distance (3)] + [What 'Mad Men' created (2)] 🐝 FA5 is a type of hulled wheat, typically used in salads, soups, and side dishes. Phonetically it sounds like [ ____, a long, long way to run] + [ ____, your boat gently down the stream]. (For the spelling, subtract the last letter of the 2nd word.) CONTINUED
Sheilla D. (Tennessee)
HINTS IN SENTENCES PART 2 FL 🐝 She started working out to tone her FL4 before bikini season. 🐝 Noah's Ark is a story about a great FL5. 🐝 The baby seemed to take delight in tossing food onto the FL5, where the dog happily retrieved it. 🐝 On her way home from school, a driver pulled out in front of Susan, causing her to slam on her brake. When she did, the car lurched and all her books fell from the passenger seat to the FL10 of her car. (pangram) 🐝 They planned their trip to Savannah, Georgia for April because they'd heard the FL5 and fauna were gorgeous there in the spring. 🐝 Anne wore a FL6 sundress to the garden party. FO 🐝 The mare gently nudged her newborn FO4 to its feet. 🐝 When the clothes were dry, she removed them from the dryer and FO4ed them. 🐝 There was an enormous variety of FO4 on the buffet. 🐝 "FO4s go where angels fear to tread," was one of my mother's go-to sayings when she didn't like something I was doing. 🐝 FO4 is plural for a meeting place where people can voice their concerns and opinions. 🐝 He traded in his old Chevy Cobalt for a new FO4 F-150 truck. LO 🐝 She asked her husband to pick up a LO4 of bread on his way home from work. 🐝 LO5 sponges are great for exfoliating in the shower. CONTINUED
Sheilla D. (Tennessee)
HINTS IN SENTENCES PART 3 OF 🐝 Vultures flew in circles around the OF5 before feasting on the carcass. 🐝 The season's ticket holder always OF7ed his tickets for the pre-season games, only using the ones for the regular season. RO 🐝 Truth: When I was a child a typhoon literally stripped the RO4 from our one-story house and blew it into the upstairs bedroom of our next-door neighbor. (Thankfully no one was injured. The next day a newspaper photographer took a photo of Dad mopping the torrents of water out of our RO4less living room.) 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
Deb (Austin)
@Sheilla D. Thank you for BO5 - had me stumped!
Lana (San Francisco)
“Fado” is not in the list
ElaineS (NYC)
@Lana I looked for it, too.
NotOnlyButAlso (Around Abouts)
I really do wish Americans would learn the word FAFF - as in faffing around (wasting time). An old northern English word which sounds rude... but isn't!
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@NotOnlyButAlso The overriding criterion when choosing words for this game is to exclude foreign words unless the word has been adopted as an American English word. There has been much debate about faff previously.
Amanda (Herts)
@NotOnlyButAlso it’s a glorious word, we are lucky to have it.
Brandy (Lodi NY)
@NotOnlyButAlso This American is pleased to learn it and intends to add it to her daily vocabulary. Mainly, because faffing about is one of my favorite things to do.
Steve (Virginia)
My cat was not amused when I told her 'floof' is apparently not a word today.
playmin (New York)
@Steve My cat and I tried it too! Also, I invite you to our “Missing Words” thread (link below), established especially for the purpose of complaining about and discussing words that could be made today from the available letters but weren’t. Perhaps you might post there next time. Rationale behind this request is explained in the anchor post for that thread. https://nyti.ms/3zjfw1o#permid=121161093
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@Steve — “My cat was not amused when I told her 'floof' is apparently not a word today.” My kitty raised an eyebrow and demanded I send an SOS to that Sam guy.
ElaineS (NYC)
@AbbyNemo I sometimes wish we could post photos, but I think that would need more monitoring than they are prepared to do.
Kim (Downtown)
AL5: Cool as a cucumber
Peter (Fremont, CA)
BAFFALO: Confused Bison.
Calissa (Durham NC)
@Peter Thanks! That made me laugh out loud.
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@Peter — “BAFFALO: Confused Bison.” 😂😂😂
Kerstin (Earth, Milky Way)
@Peter FL4RADOR: Overweight dog. Seems to BEE a BEEastly good puzzle TODAY.
Liz K (Olympia, WA)
thank you Steve and Kline for your help with the pangram -- i have trouble seeing compound words!
TesstheFirst (The Sunshine City In The Sunshine State)
@Liz K it was my first word today! But I was getting a little sick to my stomach learning more about OF(5). Time to stop googling cultures and what OF(5) they eat and stick to my morning cup of Joe. With apologies to the Joes of the world (my dad and brother included).
Gordon Taylor (Croydon, England)
@Liz K I was interested to see that the pangram seems to be used in USA in connection with a vehicle, while in Britain it would only be used in connection with a building. Is that right?
Ladygoat (All, varied and wondrous)
@Gordon Taylor I think you're correct.
Shinjini (Germany)
Never heard of BO5. Guess it's a specific North American usage. But I have heard of AF5, as in, 'The area is af5 with cheap products.' That's not in today.
AbbyNemo (Planet Earth)
@Shinjini Did you check the M-W or Oxford dictionaries? I don’t think aFL5 is a word.
ElaineS (NYC)
for those who haven’t found it, HINT COMING: @Shinjini BO5 is in the two standard Bee dictionaries, one of which even cites a British usage, as well. I associate it with show biz jargon, meaning a very successful production, and thought the entertainment publication Variety might have invented it. When quickly looking it up, it doesn’t say where it was first used, but mid-20th century is right.
Kevin Kolb (New Orleans)
I made a worksheet for today's Bee. You can download it and signup to have it sent to you every morning if you'd like... https://thegamebureau.com/beesheet
Higgs (Paris)
A tribute to K.Dickian paranoia ! Citing an iconic crazy coot, At the frontier of cognition Condoning and conning and Inciting all sort of 140 letters concoctions I can but wonder are we too Coding under conditioning Not noticing we are coining 7-letter messages In a bottle to a distant Cocoon in space, incognito ? (citing iconic coot cognition condoning conning inciting concoction coding conditioning noticing coining cocoon incognito)
SmallFry (Tennessee)
@Higgs This was funny but yes, frightening. What really is going on, right?!? I think you captured it perfectly. Glad to see you here today as I’ve always enjoyed your concoctions. Glad you were able to concoct this paranoid dream. Thanks!
Wendy (Out West)
Nice one! @Higgs
Higgs (Paris)
@SmallFry Thank you ! I had been traveling lately, and I can't really type on my iphone ! need my computer !
BLaine (NY)
FA5 hint ancient Italian grain similar to orzo, arborio FO4 hints auto maker ponies origami/bad hand of cards English dessert on a hill Roman arcades feed
Mona (Hannover Germany)
Let's all DO4 our hats to Sam from AF4 for another BO5 Bee! He's often FL5ed with complaints (some so negative they almost make me BA4) so I think it's high time we send him a FL6 arrangement for his living room table. Figuratively speaking at least. Once again he has provided us with FO4... for thought and body. Actual nutritional items include spelt or FA5 wheat and AL7 sprouts...can't get much healthier than that! And some in today's Comments (judging by past myriad FO4) might hit the RO4 about that electric term FA5 (looks very much like part of a German bike to me) or rant about a noun to describe a hairstyle, AF4 (NOT racist in my book ). Sam can AF6 to overlook all that...he knows best by now how to make sure there's never a FA7 ( compound!) in subscribers. It's that little bit of controversy that is almost welcome. Time to start my day. Before I leave let me just reassure you that Sam has, of course, made sure that FO4 will find its mother horse. No worries there! My neighbor, an aficionado of DIY, is replacing all the old FL10s (compound!) in his unit. It's going to be another noisy day while he lays the new FL5ing. I imagine he plans to OF7 (compound!) the old ones at the local charity...at least he is intent on not wasting. With that in mind, I'll try to accept all that hammering above me.😉
kath (Vancouver, WA)
@Mona Nicely done. Sweet and fun!
Mona (Hannover Germany)
@kath Thanks very much!
Colleen (WI)
@Mona so clever! thank you!
Pablo (Castro Valley, CA)
Made QB within 40 minutes, thanks to Steve G. If I reckon correctly, Steve had the puzzle solved and wrote his hints within fourteen minutes. Wow, kudos to Steve! Steve G., are you truly human? Say it ain't so! It would take me that long to write today's hints. I thought of myself as a wordsmith until I got acquainted with this fine community. I enjoy the time spent solving Spelling Bee puzzles, a positive way to start my day. Thanks to those who have helped me the past few days. Good day to all of you; I'm going to bed with a smile.
Jules (Michigan)
@Pablo There’s just NO WAY that Steve G is a mere mortal. I mean.. wow. Just wow. I appreciate his super human abilities, and his sharing them to help the rest of us “regular folk”.
Pablo (Castro Valley, CA)
@Jules, I would like to know the secret sauce that enables Steve G. to be the marvel and gifted person he is. Wishing you a terrific Friday!
Jane (Florida)
Lovely photo, Anne!
SPWMS3 (KY)
Wanted to play foosball after walking my labrador ~ but it was not to bee !!! 👑 🐝 streak intact !!!
Fender (Mississippi)
A 25-minute puzzle -- just the way I like 'em. GN4L came more quickly than I first guessed it would and when I went to the Grid I was missing FA5 and OF7. I had tried a word similar to OF7 replacing the L with an R, but no go. It finally hit me and I was left with FA5. I do not think I have to tell you which FA5 it was. I majored in Electronic Technology and I am not thrilled by new, exotic dishes whose names have eluded me for 70+ years, and only now needed by me to make it to the throne of Queen Bee every night by 3 am.
MGinSoria (Spain)
@Fender FA5 may be new and “exotic” to you, but they’re not exactly accurate descriptors of a grain that has sustained millions of people for millennia.
BLaine (NY)
@Fender Exotic edible FA5 predates capacitance unit FA5, perhaps by millenia. New word for me, FA5.
ElaineS (NYC)
@BLaine Me, too. It has appeared in Bees before, but I can’t seem to remember it.
Cal (VT)
Dagnabbit! Done by 3:23. What to do the rest of the day? Could follow @Playmin and @Cleopatra’s advice and do something useful, I guess 🤨. Anyway, today is “Dump Day” - the dump, sorry, the “Transfer Station” is the social hub of the village, especially in these pandemic times. Especially if it’s a nice day, should be able to kill an hour or two 😊. G’night, all.
Ozzie1113 (Boston)
27 words and stymied with FA5 and FO4. Needed @Kline and @STEVE G for the win. QB 🐝🐝 with hints!
BLaine (NY)
@Ozzie1113 FA5 hint, think orzo, barley, rice, risotto, bulghur, ancient grains, etc.
Pish Posh (Somewhere On A Beach)
Some nights the anxiety just flows. But unlike Kline, I'm not pulling teeth - I pulled out a QB!! 🐝🐝🐝
Kate (New Mexico)
Some days the words just flow. Some days it’s like pulling teeth. Today is a “pulling teeth” day.
Kate (New Mexico)
@Kate And then it’s QBwG2LL, no hints, but I am feeling very dissatisfied. Dunno why, maybe it was the teeth-pulling part, after which it went okay.
playmin (New York)
@Kate Same; I feel ya.
Kline (Chicago)
HINTS AF At a distance(4) Able to manage(6) Curly frizzy hair style(4) AL Livestock nourishment(7) Standoffish or detached(5) BA Vomit(4) BO Highly successful(5) DO Tip a hat(4) FA Autumn(4) Downturn(7) Unit for electricity capacity(5) Barley like(5) FL Excess flesh(4) Water overflow(5) Lower room surface(5) Gas pedal and brake place(10) Regional plants(5) Decorative blossoms(6) FO Young horse(4) Bend over or crease(4) Nourishment(4) Halfwit(4) Gathering places(4) Cross shallow river(4) LO Bread shape(4) Fibrous body sponge(5) OF Intestines(5) Get rid of unwanted(7) RO Upper building covering(4)
LT (WV)
@Kline I haven't encountered that word for highly successful in many years. I did try the first four letters, which were rejected but was a popular slang term in my younger days...
Pat K (Long Island, NY)
@Kline Thanks for BO 5!!! Had to google!
Chanda Khanna (Delhi India)
@Kline Fl 10 I got with your hint, but Bo5 was new, I had to google - new learning
Keljian (Smithtown, NY)
Let me just say that the Bee photo from Anne Brosnan is quite breathtaking! I almost forgot to do the puzzle because the photo absolutely captured me🐝🌺💕
Bob Acker (Oakland)
11 minutes to G. Onward!
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