Bee Roots for 2022-09-08

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: O/EHNPTY
  • Words: 56
  • Points: 226
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Hans B. - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, 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, ...)
11EY8Cuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper; (I’d give my … for) Possibly only in Spelling Bee, can also be singular
21HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
61HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
71HO4Owl sound
81HO4Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
31HO5Sweet bee syrup
51HO5Nonsense, slang (a bunch of…)
91HO5Having the flavor or aroma of Humulus lupulus
101HO6Asian dish similar to fondue; AKA steamboat (compound)
41HO8Container for sweet bee product
111HY4Slang abbr. for medical needle (-dermic)
121NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
131NE8A person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief; synonym for proselyte
141NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
161NO412:00, midday, 🕛
171NO4Slang negation
181NO4What you pass to someone in class, or ♪ in music
151NO5Group of 9 (musicians)
191ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
201OP4Pull on a door handle to gain admittance, verb + adv. (publicly)
211OP8Adversary, rival, game competitor; noun
221PE4Low-ranking worker, drudge
231PE5Flower with name similar to 1¢ coin
241PE6Hallucinogenic cactus
261PH5Device to make calls (tele…)
271PH5Record player, slang abbr.
281PH5Fake, or imposter
301PH5Picture made using a camera, abbr.
291PH6Slang exclamation of disgust; starts the same as above; has a doubled central vowel
311PH6Smallest unit of light
251PH9The set of observable characteristics of an organism (biology)
321PO4Author of verse
331PO4Unleavened cornbread, often Southern or Native American
351PO4Yankee Doodle went riding into town on this small horse breed
361PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
371PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
381PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
401PO5Flower used to make opium or honor veterans
421PO5Kid’s toilet
391PO6(Historical or British) sweet or pretty child, or voodoo doll
411PO6Strong (…[drinks]—common Jeopardy category); or able to achieve an erection (think IM– prefix)
341PO7Temp floating bridge
431PY6Large constrictor snake; or popular programming language (whose logo is a pair of snakes)
441TE5Projecting piece of wood attached to a mortise
451TO4Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
471TO4Broadway award, or Maj. Nelson on "Jeannie"
481TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
491TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
511TO4Small grayish slender-bodied shark, or mango tree grove; homophone of grayish-brown color
521TO4Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, verb
461TO51,000 kilograms, UK spelling
501TO5What you chew with
501TO6What you chew with
541TY4Keybord eror, slang
531TY7Hurricane in the western Pacific Ocean
551YO6“Hey, over here!” exclamation, or chocolate drink brand

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.