Bee Roots for 2022-08-31

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: M/EGLOTY
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 131
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Thander via Wikipedia

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, ...)
11EM5Ham it up as an actor
21ET9Study of the origin of words, pangram
31GE8Study of precious stones
41GL4Grab or steal for your own use (… onto), slang verb
51GL5Darkness, or depression (…-y Gus)
51GL6Darkness, or depression (…-y Gus)
61GO5Clay figure brought to life by magic
71LO4Cloth weaving device
81ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
101ME4What ice cream does when you leave it out of the freezer, verb
111ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
121ME4Office note abbr.
131ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
91ME5Confusing scuffle
101ME5What ice cream does when you leave it out of the freezer, verb
141ME6Person’s ability to cope with adversity (test your …), NOT iron or tin; noun
151MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
161MO4Mobster’s ♀
181MO4Shed feathers, hair, or skin; verb
201MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
211MO4Speck of dust
171MO5Small black aquarium fish; or actress Ringwald; or Ecstasy drug (slang)
191MO5Mother, familiar
221MO5Place to sleep when you’re travelling (…6, e.g.)
231MO5Short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic & unaccompanied
261MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
241MO6Incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate (… crew, … fool)
251MO6Pattern of irregular spots; usually an adj.
271OM6Fried eggs folded around fillings such as cheese
271OM8Fried eggs folded around fillings such as cheese
281TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
291TO4Large, heavy book
301TO5Symbolic object (… pole)

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.