Bee Roots for 2022-08-17

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: H/DENOWY
  • Words: 23
  • Points: 98
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Albuquerque Outdoors Magazine

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11HE4Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
21HE4Chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with a tool such as an axe
21HE5Chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with a tool such as an axe
11HE6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
31HO4Use a long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade
51HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
81HO4“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
51HO5Sharpen (a blade or skill)
61HO5Sweet bee syrup
101HO5Nonsense, slang (a bunch of…)
111HO5Informal hello, especially associated with the American west; or the first half of the name of a 1950's children's TV puppet
81HO6“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
91HO6Column of weathered rocks, or black magic; rhyming word
41HO7Social gathering with lively folk dancing, compound
61HO7Sweet bee syrup
71HO8Melon with smooth pale skin and sweet green flesh, compound pangram
121NO5Used, especially in jocular or dialectal speech, to emphasize a negative, compound
131WH4Exclamation of excitement on a sled or playground slide
141WH4At what time?
151WH4Exclamation of relief after a close call (said as you wipe your brow)
161WH4Watery part of milk that remains after the formation of curds
171WO6Rhyming exclamation of excitement or joy (Homer Simpson)
181YO6“Hey, over here!” exclamation, or chocolate drink brand

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.