Bee Roots for 2022-08-24

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: T/CEHIKN
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 261
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
11CE41/100th of a dollar
21CH4IOU note, Navy memo
31CH6Fibrous substance forming the exoskeleton of arthropods
41CI4Quote as evidence
61EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
51EN7Friendly understanding between countries, French
71ET4Engrave metal, glass or stone (…ing); or corrode (…ed away by acid)
81ET5A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct
91ET6Denoting origin by birth or descent rather than by present nationality, adj.
101HE6Full of incessant or frantic activity
111HI4Clue, suggestion, noun/verb
121HI5“Psycho” director Alfred nickname, or slang for thumb a ride, verb; or device on a vehicle that allows it to attach a trailer, noun
131HI9Thumb a ride, compound, ends in above
141IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
151IN6Determined to do (I’m … on finishing this puzzle), adj.; or objective, noun
161IT4What you scratch (an …)
171KE5Brightly colored, banded material made in Ghana
181KE52-masted sailboat, homophone of “nab” synonym
211KI4Flying toy with a string & tail
221KI4Close friends, archaic (… & kin)
231KI6Young cat
191KI7Relating to motion (… energy), adj.
201KI7Food-prep room (perfect pangram) + small version of it (pangram)
201KI11Food-prep room (perfect pangram) + small version of it (pangram)
241KN4Make a scarf or blanket with yarn & needles, verb
251NE7Often colorful & patterned shirt accessory worn with a suit, compound, starts with above
291NI4Part of the day when it’s dark, slang spelling
261NI5Number of justices on Supreme Court
271NI8One more than the number of holes on a golf course
281NI9XC in Roman numerals
271NI10One more than the number of holes on a golf course
301TE4Last word in name of Cambridge school M.I.T., abbr.
311TE4Adolescent (…ager), or numbers 13–19
361TE4Shelter you sleep in while camping
321TE5What you use to chew, plural
341TE5Between nine and eleven
351TE5Recent Christopher Nolan time-travel film, or a principle or belief
301TE6Last word in name of Cambridge school M.I.T., abbr.
331TE6When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
371TH4Archaic form of “you”
381TH4At that time, or next; adv. (not always, but every now & …)
421TH4Skinny, adj. (… Mints)
401TH5Wide (slices of bread, e.g.), adj. + add flour to sauce, or make wider, verb (perfect pangram) (2 words)
431TH5Yours, archaic singular
441TH5Use your brain to ponder something, verb
391TH6(Formal or archaic adv.) from a place previously mentioned, or as a result (…-forth means “from that time forward")
401TH7Wide (slices of bread, e.g.), adj. + add flour to sauce, or make wider, verb (perfect pangram) (2 words)
411TH7Copse; dense stand of bushes, shrubs, or trees (change last letter in above verb)
451TI4Bloodsucking arachnid that transmits Lyme disease, or mechanical clock sound; noun/verb
471TI4Polynesian or Maori god, or Polynesian style (… bar or torch, Kon-… raft)
491TI4Fork prong
501TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
481TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
511TI5Give 10% of your income to the Church
461TI6Entry card for events & travel, or illegal parking citation

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.