Bee Roots for 2022-09-01

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: R/DGIOPY
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 94
  • 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, ...)
11DO4Room or bldg. entrance
21DO4Type of fish or rowboat (“Finding Nemo” sequel)
31DR4Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
61DR4Let fall, verb; or a tiny amount of liquid, noun
41DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
51DR5Sag, or hang limply
31DR6Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
51DR6Sag, or hang limply
71GI4Encircle with a belt
81GO4Blood that has been shed, especially as a result of violence, noun; or pierce or stab with a horn or tusk, verb
91GO4Trail mix of dried fruit & nuts
101GR4Network of lines that cross each other to form a series of squares or rectangles (@the…kid)
111GR4Grasp tightly, verb/noun
131GR4Watered-down (nautical) rum
121GR5Very unpleasant; disgusting (slang)
111GR6Grasp tightly, verb/noun
131GR6Watered-down (nautical) rum
141GY4Rotisserie meat in a pita
151OD4Bad smell (body …)
161OR4Wild (sex) party
171PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
181PR4Self-righteously moralistic person
201PR4Poke, nudge, or spur (reluctant person or cattle)
221PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
191PR5Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
191PR6Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
211PR7Child with extreme talent (Mozart was a musical …)
231PY4“…-maniac” who likes to start fires, slang abbr.
241RI5Not flexible
251RI5Thoroughness or stiffness (… mortis)
261RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
271RO4Strong cord made by twisting together strands of fibers, 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.