New York Times Games Invites Spelling Bee Players to Game for Good

As students head back to school and we begin to settle into fall routines, New York Times Games encourages everyone to find some #beetime through their much-loved Spelling Bee game. Starting today, New York City Subway riders are invited to spell together using Spelling Bee digital boards on subway trains and platforms on the E, F, G, R, 4, 7, L, J. This follows a new collaboration with OUTFRONT Media, utilizing its Livecard (Livecard MAX) dynamic motion advertising experience.

The game, which can be played after scanning the QR code on the car and platform screens, will direct subway commuters to the daily Spelling Bee with hints and tips to solve on their journey. For everyone who shares their Genius or Queen Bee status using #beetime and tagging @nytgames, New York Times Games will donate $1, up to a total of $50,000, to First Book. First Book, a grantee of the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, distributes books and educational resources to schools and programs in low-income communities across the United States to ensure that all children have access to a quality education. Solvers outside of New York can join and play at and share their status on Twitter, Instagram or TikTok.

“As a New Yorker and a proud member of #hivemind, the New York Times Games Spelling Bee is my daily ritual and one of the few productive ways I spend time on my phone. I will be on the subway to play with my puzzle buddies as I introduce more people to the joy of this game,” said Andy Cohen, TV Host and Producer.

Solvers come to New York Times games to challenge themselves with engaging puzzles like Spelling Bee, Wordle, and The Crossword. While fall marks a much busier time for many, the millions of people who play Spelling Bee every day know that finding time for daily achievements and mindfulness can add a much-needed spark of joy.

“At New York Times Games, we take pride in providing our solvers with an entertaining and informative escape, especially during the times of day when they most seek it. Our games offer a way to turn downtime into PUZZLE time. I’m excited to see people play puzzles together and do it for a great cause,” said Jonathan Knight, director of games for The New York Times.

“We’re thrilled that Spelling Bee players are using their ingenuity to make a difference in the lives of children who don’t have access to the books and resources they need to learn,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO and co-founder. from the first book. “With more than 38% of this nation’s children living in low-income communities and attending underserved schools and programs, every dollar raised helps provide these students with an equitable educational opportunity.”

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Since the release of The Crossword in 1942, The Times has captivated solvers by offering engaging word and logic games. In 2014, we introduced The Mini Crossword, followed by Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, Tiles, and Vertex. In early 2022, we proudly add Wordle to our collection. We strive to offer puzzles for all skill levels that everyone can enjoy playing every day.

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The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund supports a global community of less fortunate people, and our recent profiles are free for everyone to read. Thanks to the generosity of Times readers, The Fund has raised more than $320 million since it was established in 1911. The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund’s 111th annual campaign kicks off in the fall of 2022.

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