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Does the NYT Spelling Bee ever use an "S"?

No, the New York Times Spelling Bee has never used the letter "S" in their puzzles. The reason is that many English words can become plurals simply by adding an "S" at the end. This would drastically increase the number of possible words and may make the game less challenging.

The editor of Spelling Bee, Sam Ezersky, has said that using an S would make the puzzle way too easy.

In general, though, there is no specific rule against there being an "S" in the future in a Spelling Bee game. The set of letters is chosen by the game creators, and could theoretically be any letter of the alphabet, but it's unlikely that they will ever use an "S" due to the reasons mentioned above.

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