Bee Roots for 2022-08-26

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: D/ACEJNY
  • Words: 48
  • Points: 224
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
11AC4Get a top grade on a test
101AC6Give up (power or territory)
101AC7Give up (power or territory)
21AD5Join something to something else
31AD6Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
31AD7Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
41AD9Next to; or (geometry) angles having a common vertex and a common side
51CA5One who carries golf clubs
81CA5Sweets (cotton…)
91CA5Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
71CA6Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
61CA7Rhythmic pattern; sequence of chords in music
101CE4Give up (power or territory)
101CE5Give up (power or territory)
111DA4Type of freshwater fish, including redside, northern pearl, and longnose
121DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
131DA5Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
141DA5Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
131DA6Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
151DE4Not alive
171DE4College administrator, or actor James of “Rebel Without a Cause”
221DE4Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
241DE4Refuse to give, grant or admit
201DE5Rot, verb/noun
151DE6Not alive
181DE6Span of ten years
221DE6Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
231DE6One who plays recorded music, on the radio or at a party, noun/verb
161DE7Expert marksman, or disc with holes for sailboat lines, compound made from opposite of alive + vision organ
201DE7Rot, verb/noun
211DE7Proper (Are you …? Can I come in?), adj.
151DE8Not alive
231DE8One who plays recorded music, on the radio or at a party, noun/verb
191DE9Moral or cultural decline, luxurious self-indulgence
251DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
261DY4Substance used to change the color of something, noun/verb
271DY4Unit of force in physics: 1 g / sec.²
281ED4Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
291EN5Final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story, noun/verb
301EN6A group of 9, from Greek (such as the 9 Egyptian deities “The Great …”)
311EY4Organ of vision
321JA4Hard, typically green stone used for ornaments
331JA5Tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much
341NA4Nothing, Spanish
351NE4Require; verb/noun
351NE5Require; verb/noun
351NE6Require; verb/noun
361YE6Basic monetary unit of Japan, noun; or longing; noun/verb

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.