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Sunday, May 26, 2024

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The New York Times Spelling Bee is a word puzzle that challenges players to form words from seven letters arranged in a honeycomb, with the center letter required in each word. Points are earned based on word length, and there's a bonus for using all seven letters in a word.

Today's Spelling Bee features 1 pangram(s) ( 0 perfect pangram(s)) and a total of 41 answers. The highest possible score, required to achieve the coveted Queen Bee status, is 196 points. Today's Puzzle isn't a Bingo.

First One/Two/Three Letters

Click on any two letter prefix to reveal all first three letters combinations of the words.
A × 5:
B × 6:
C × 18:
I × 2:
K × 3:
L × 7:

Letter Distribution

The number of answers that start with a specific letter and of a specific length.

Group by first Letters
Starting With 456789 Sum
A 1 3 1 - - - 5
B 2 1 - 1 1 1 6
C 3 8 4 - 2 1 18
I - 1 1 - - - 2
K 1 - - - 2 - 3
L 5 1 1 - - - 7
Sum 12 14 7 1 5 2 41

Definitions & Synonyms


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ab aci
ab ack
(adv) having the wind against the forward side of the sails
(adv) by surprise
ac acia
(noun) any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
ac ai
al ack
ba cilli
ba ck
hind, hinder
(adj) of an earlier date
(noun) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
(noun) the side that goes last or is not normally seen
(noun) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
(noun) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
rachis, spinal column, spine, vertebral column
binding, book binding, cover
(noun) a support that you can lean against while sitting
(noun) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
(verb) be behind; approve of
endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
(verb) give support or one's approval to
endorse, indorse, second
(verb) place a bet on
bet on, gage, game, punt, stake
(verb) shift to a counterclockwise direction
(verb) establish as valid or genuine
(adv) in or to or toward a former location
rearward, rearwards
(adv) in or to or toward an original condition
(adv) in or to or toward a past time
(adv) in reply
(adv) in repayment or retaliation
be ck
bi blical
(adj) of or pertaining to or contained in or in accordance with the Bible
(adj) in keeping with the nature of the Bible or its times or people
bl ack
(adj) being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
(adj) of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin
(adj) marked by anger or resentment or hostility
(adj) offering little or no hope
bleak, dim
(adj) stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
dark, sinister
(adj) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
(adj) extremely dark
(adj) harshly ironic or sinister
grim, mordant
(adj) (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
(adj) distributed or sold illicitly
bootleg, contraband, smuggled
(adj) (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
(adj) (of coffee) without cream or sugar
(adj) soiled with dirt or soot
(noun) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
(noun) total absence of light
lightlessness, total darkness
(noun) (board games) the darker pieces
melanise, melanize
bl ackball
(noun) the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
(verb) expel from a community or group
ban, banish, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
(verb) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
negative, veto
ca bal
(verb) engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
complot, conjure, conspire, machinate
(noun) a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
camarilla, faction, junto
(noun) a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
ca bala
(noun) an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
cabbala, cabbalah, kabala, kabbala, kabbalah, qabala, qabalah
ca bbie
ca ble
(noun) a telegram sent abroad
overseas telegram
(noun) a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
line, transmission line
(noun) a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
(noun) a nautical unit of depth
telegraph, wire
ca ckle
(noun) the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
(noun) noisy talk
chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
(verb) talk or utter in a cackling manner
(verb) squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
(verb) make a noise characteristic of a goose
(verb) emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
ca ke
(noun) a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
(noun) small flat mass of chopped or ground food
(noun) baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
(verb) form a coat over
ca ll
(noun) a method of contacting a person by phone
(noun) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
(noun) a demand
(noun) the characteristic sound produced by a bird
birdsong, song
(noun) a brief social visit
(noun) a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
(noun) a demand for a show of hands in a card game
(noun) a request
(noun) an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
(noun) a visit in an official or professional capacity
(noun) (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
(noun) the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
(verb) assign a specified (usually proper) name to
be known as, know as, name
(verb) ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
(verb) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
phone, ring, telephone
(verb) utter a sudden loud cry
cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
(verb) order, request, or command to come
send for
(verb) pay a brief visit
(verb) read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
(verb) send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
(verb) utter a characteristic note or cry
(verb) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
(verb) greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
(verb) make a stop in a harbour
(verb) demand payment of (a loan)
(verb) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
(verb) indicate a decision in regard to
(verb) make a prediction about; tell in advance
anticipate, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
(verb) present for redemption before maturation
(verb) challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
(verb) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
(verb) order or request or give a command for
(verb) order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
(verb) utter in a loud voice or announce
(verb) challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
(verb) consider or regard as being
ca lla
(noun) South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix
Zantedeschia aethiopica, arum lily
ca llable
(adj) subject to a demand for payment before due date
ca llback
(noun) a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
ce leb
ce liac
(adj) of or in or belonging to the cavity of the abdomen
ce ll
(noun) any small compartment
(noun) (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
(noun) a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
(noun) a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
(noun) a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
mobile phone
(noun) small room in which a monk or nun lives
(noun) a room where a prisoner is kept
ce lli
ci lia
cl ack
(noun) a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated
(noun) a simple valve with a hinge on one side; allows fluid to flow in only one direction
clapper valve
(verb) make a rattling sound
brattle, clatter
(verb) make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
click, cluck
(verb) speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
blab, blabber, chatter, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
cl ick
(noun) a short light metallic sound
chink, clink
(noun) a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu)
suction stop
(noun) a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
detent, dog, pawl
(noun) depression of a button on a computer mouse
(verb) move or strike with a noise
(verb) cause to make a snapping sound
flick, snap
(verb) make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
clack, cluck
(verb) become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
come home, dawn, fall into place, get across, get through, penetrate, sink in
ic icle
(noun) ice resembling a pendent spear, formed by the freezing of dripping water
il iac
(adj) of or relating to the ilium
ki ck
(noun) the act of delivering a blow with the foot
(noun) the swift release of a store of affective force
bang, boot, charge, flush, rush, thrill
(noun) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
(noun) informal terms for objecting
beef, bitch, gripe, squawk
(noun) the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)
(noun) a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
(verb) drive or propel with the foot
(verb) thrash about or strike out with the feet
(verb) strike with the foot
(verb) spring back, as from a forceful thrust
(verb) stop consuming
give up
(verb) make a goal
(verb) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
complain, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
ki ckback
(noun) a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction
ki ckball
la ce
(noun) a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
(noun) a delicate decorative fabric woven in an open web of symmetrical patterns
(verb) spin, wind, or twist together
entwine, intertwine, twine
(verb) make by braiding or interlacing
braid, plait
(verb) draw through eyes or holes
(verb) add alcohol to (beverages)
fortify, spike
la ck
(verb) be without
(verb) To be insufficiently prepared
(noun) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
deficiency, want
la ic
(adj) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
lay, secular
la ical
li ce
li ck
(noun) touching with the tongue
(noun) (boxing) a blow with the fist
biff, clout, poke, punch, slug
(verb) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
bat, clobber, cream, drub, thrash
(verb) pass the tongue over
(verb) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
figure out, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
(verb) take up with the tongue
lap, lap up
li lac
(adj) of a pale purple color
(noun) any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers

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