Bee Roots for 2022-08-28

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/ABELPT
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 186
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

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, ...)
11AL51st Hebrew letter, א
21AL51st Greek letter, α
31AL8The set of letters used in a language, pangram
41AT7Person proficient in sports
51BA4Thai $
61BA4Shower alternative
61BA5Shower alternative
71BL4Dull, informal adj. or exclamation
91HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
101HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
111HA4Come to a complete & sudden stop, verb
121HA4Dislike intensely, verb/noun
131HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
81HA5Kosher in Islam
141HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
121HA8Dislike intensely, verb/noun
151HE4Recover from injury
171HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
181HE4Warm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
201HE4Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
221HE4Satan’s domain
231HE4Assist, verb; or assistance, noun (F1 key on a computer, often)
191HE5Candy bar with toffee & milk chocolate, actor Ledger, or British field
161HE6Physical well-being (in sickness & in …)
211HE7What Dorothy did with her ruby slippers to return home, small amount of leftover alcohol, or shoe lift; compound
151HE8Recover from injury
181HE8Warm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
231HE8Assist, verb; or assistance, noun (F1 key on a computer, often)
41HE11Person proficient in sports
241LA4Flat strip of wood, often plastered as wallboard
251LA5Wood-shaping machine, noun/verb
261LE6Fatal (“… Weapon” films)
271PA4Walking or bike trail
291PH4“Excellent” in hip-hop slang, NOT obese
281PH7Smartphone that is larger than usual but smaller than a tablet, made-up marketing word
301TE5What you use to chew, plural
311TE6When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
331TE8Person with ability to communicate mind to mind + the ability (pangram) (2 words)
321TE10Medical care over the phone or video chat
341TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
351TH4Archaic form of “you”
361TH58th Greek letter, Θ

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.