If you’ve played a lot of Scrabble, you are familiar with the concept of a bingo, which is when you use all of your tiles. On the New York Times Spelling Bee, when you find a word that uses all seven of the available letters, that’s called a Pangram.
When you have a Spelling Bee Pangram, you get a bonus of seven points, on top of the one-point per letter. This means the Pangram is worth at least seven points, with some pangrams able to push 18 or 19 points, depending on the length of the word.
Unlike Scrabble, there is at least one pangram in every puzzle. Sometimes there are two, and even three on some days. With multiple pangrams, sometimes they are easy to get because they are derivative of each other.
Do You Have to Get the Spelling Bee Bingo?
No, you do not. Spelling Bee is just much harder if you don’t get the pangram. If the Genius level that day is in the 50s or 60s, the minimum 14 points gets you there a lot faster. It’s not as big a deal when Genius is 200 points, not getting 14 points is a little more affordable. But, if Genius is in the 200s, you are going to stumble on to that Pangram pretty quickly.
Searching out Pangrams is often its own joy. If I don’t have a lot of time one day to do the Spelling Bee, but if I get the pangram, I feel like I have already achieved something, and I am more than content with my low point total.
How do you feel about getting a pangram?