There always is a pangram in the New York Times Spelling Bee. The distinguishing moment of any NYT Spelling Bee is when the player has that A-ha! moment and sees how the seven letters will unite to form one word. Finding the pangram is like that moment in The Matrix when Neo can see everything as code and now knows how to beat the agents. It’s like that, just on a smaller scale.
Here is the tricky part, there is always at least one pangram in every Spelling Bee puzzle. That also means there can be more than one spelling bee pangram. Does this matter? Eh, not really, but for low score puzzles, pangrams make up a larger portion of the total amount of points. Not getting a pangram means you have to find at least three five-letter words to replace it.
A remember a recent puzzle where I found three pangrams, I was at 83 points and Genius was something like 101. That puzzle would have been nearly impossible to solve without getting at least two of the pangrams. That was definitely harder than most puzzles, at least when it comes to having to get the pangram.