Bee Roots for 2022-08-30

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: M/ABCKOR
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 144
  • 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, ...)
11AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
21AM4Frenzied, adj. (Spock’s “… Time,” run …)
31AR5Protective covering against weapons (suit of …)
41AR5Pleasant smell (baking bread, e.g.)
71BA6Panda’s primary food
81BA7Chamber that serves liquor & beer (…brawl); compound; ends in list word
51BA8Hold your hair away from your head and brush it toward your head to make it look thicker, compound made from opposite of front + toothed hairstyling instrument
61BA8Place where secret work or decision making is done, compound made from opposite of front + chamber of a house
91BO4It explodes, noun/verb
111BO4Sound of explosion or subwoofer
101BO8A piece of paper or thin cardboard that makes it easy to find your place to continue reading; or an electronic record that allows your browser to find a certain web page, compound
121BR5Sweeper that witches fly on
131CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
141CA5Bounce off or glance off an object or cushion
151CO4Prolonged unconscious state
161CO4Toothed instrument to fix hair
171CO5Slang abbr. for a small jazz band, or a grouping of different foods (…platter or meal)
181CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
191CR4Study intensely just before a test (stuff facts into your brain), or stuff into a box; verb
201KA5Nn Hinduism and Buddhism, the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence
211KO5Mildly spiced Indian curry dish of meat or fish marinated in yogurt or curds
231MA4Large & fast blue shark, or Japanese actor
241MA4♀ parent, slang
281MA4Make a visible impression or stain, verb/noun; or pre-EU German currency
291MA4Old-timey schoolteacher honorific
221MA5Opposite of micro
241MA5♀ parent, slang
251MA5Venomous African green or black snake
261MA5Cuban dance, NOT an African snake
271MA6Rattle shaken in music
301MO4Tease scornfully, verb; or imitation, adj. (… turtleneck)
311MO4Othello (“The …”), noun; or to tie up a boat, verb
241MO5♀ parent, slang
321MO7Casablanca’s country
331RO4Wander, or use your phone on another network
351RO4Chamber of a house (kitchen, bed-…, bath-…), noun/verb
341RO6Amorous & funny film genre, slang abbr.

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.