Spelling Bee Forum

Hello, busy bees! Greetings from the Spelling Bee forum today. Many terminology that are used in this story and other online debates about the Spelling Bee are included below in a glossary that was put together by Times reader Monicat.

How To Play Spelling Bee – Words must include the center letter. – Words must contain at least four letters. – Letters can be used more than once.

– Our word list does not include words that are offensive, obscure, hyphenated or proper nouns. – Four-letter words are worth one point each.

– Longer words earn one point per letter. A six-letter word is worth six points. – Each puzzle includes at least one “pangram,” which uses every letter at least once. A pangram is worth an additional seven points.

Glossary Thanks to reader Monicat for compiling this glossary of common terms people use when talking about the Spelling Bee:

2LL — Two Letter List: The number of accepted words that begin with the indicated two letters. BINGO — All seven letters in the puzzle are used to start at least one word in the word list.

Pangram — A word that uses all seven letters at least once. Some puzzles will have more than one pangram. A pangram is worth seven extra points. 

Perfect Pangram — A pangram that uses each letter only once, e.g., a seven-letter pangram. GN4L — Genius, No 4 Letters: You’ve reached Genius level without any four-letter words. Though we may want to say four-letter words while trying to get to Genius without them.

GN4L OTN — Genius, No 4 Letters, On The Nose: You’ve scored exactly the number of points to achieve Genius without using four-letter words.

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