Four Spelling Bee Pangrams in One Game?

I had to stop to write about yesterday’s craziness on the New York Times Spelling Bee (See December 4, 2020 Spelling Bee), where there were four pangrams in one puzzle. You had YARDWORK, WORKDAY, WORKADAY, and DAYWORK. What is really crazy is three of them you can get all the same time.

When I play, I often look for smaller words which tend to be great for compound words. In this case, WORK and DAY are good nuggets with which to start. Once you find either of those words, I look at the remaining letters and see what words those might form. In this case, the fact those two instantly form WORKDAY and DAYWORK is a pretty awesome and slick. I can’t remember too many other instances where it was the same two smaller words formed two different pangrams.

Then, there is the beauty of WORKADAY. This not a normal word, and it’s sort of just ordinary. The daily usage of WORKADAY is in fact, workaday. It’s just a word that goes about its business, ignoring the attention its much more well-known sibling WORKDAY probably receives each day.

Lastly, going back to the two root words we found earlier, what common uses of WORK are there, you can quickly stumble into YARDWORK, where you only need to double up on the R to make it work.

Getting a NYT Pangram is always fun. Getting four is even better fun. Finding four that so easily moved from one to the other was a pure joy.

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