Bee Roots for 2022-09-07

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/ADILNO
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 216
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AD5Decorate (… with) (Xmas tree, e.g.)
21AN7Metal support for fireplace wood (firedog)
31AN7Non–Apple phone OS, or humanoid robot (do they dream of electric sheep?)
51AR4Opera solo
61AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
71AR4Seed covering
41AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
81DA4Mild exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
91DI5Arab $, not supper
101DI6Alpine peasant woman's dress
141DO4Room or bldg. entrance
121DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
131DO5Someone who gives (blood, organs, $)
111DO6US currency
161DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
151DO8Spike hammered into a divider between rooms (dead as a …)
171DR5What sink water goes down
181DR5Power tool with bits for making holes, or practice for an emergency (fire …); noun
191DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
201DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
211DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
221IN6Not outside
231IN6Progress (make), usually plural noun, contains street synonym
241IR4Element Fe (atomic number 26), or hot clothes presser, noun/verb
251LA4Animal or criminal den
271LA4Pig fat for cooking
261LA8♂ who owns your apartment (compound)
281LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
291LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
301LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
311NA5Lowest point, rock-bottom, depths; or below the observer in astronomy
321NO4“Black” in French; or dark mystery genre (film …)
331NO4Edible seaweed, eaten either fresh or dried in sheets
341OD4Bad smell (body …)
351OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
361OR6Make someone a priest
371OR7Relating to a thing's position in a series
441RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
451RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
471RA4Liquid precipitation
481RA4Kirk’s Yeoman Janice on Star Trek, or South African $
491RA4Hindu queen, anagram of liquid precipitation
381RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
411RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
421RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
431RA5Harmful gas that seeps into homes; atomic no. 86
391RA6Modern tire design; or arranged like spokes of a wheel, adj.
401RA6Unit of angular measure of a ○
461RA8Trains & tracks, compound noun; ends in below (“I’ve been working on the …”)
501RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
511RI4Small stream
521RI4Tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus
531RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
541RO4Horse with 2–colored coat
551RO4Lion “shout”
561RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…ed the waters)
571RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
591RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
581RO5Musical form with recurring theme, often final movement of a piece, from Italian

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.