Bee Roots for 2022-09-10

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: H/ADEILP
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 142
  • 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, ...)
11AH5Further forward in space or time; in the lead (sports)
21AL51st Hebrew letter, א
31AL51st Greek letter, α
41AP5Garden pest (insect)
51DA6Mexican & Central Am. flowering plant (“Black …” 2006 de Palma film noir)
61DE8Remove spent flowers from a plant, verb/noun (compound)
61DE10Remove spent flowers from a plant, verb/noun (compound)
71HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
91HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
101HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
81HA5Kosher in Islam
71HA6Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
111HE4Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
121HE4Recover from injury
131HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
141HE4Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
151HE4Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
171HE4Satan’s domain
181HE4Assist, verb; or assistance, noun (F1 key on a computer, often)
231HE4Grasp in your hands, or wait “on …” (on a call with tech support, e.g.)
112HE6Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
121HE6Recover from injury
141HE6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
151HE6Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
181HE6Assist, verb; or assistance, noun (F1 key on a computer, often)
161HE7Place for your aircraft with overhead rotors to land, pangram
191HI4Stay out of sight (play “… & seek”)
201HI4Go quickly (archaic)
211HI4What Jack & Jill went up
211HI6What Jack & Jill went up
221HI6Typical Woodstock attendee, 1960s counterculture member
251PH5Alternate spelling of small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
241PH6♂ sex organ, especially when erect

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.