Bee Roots for 2022-09-23

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: B/AGONRZ
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 123
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikimedia Commons, donated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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, ...)
11AR5Tree garden; its “Day” is the last Friday in April in many places
21BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
51BA4Sound of a collision, noun (“The Big … Theory”)
71BA4Sharp projection near end of fishhook or on top of wire fence; start of Streisand name
81BA4Large farm bldg. for storage & livestock
91BA5Noble rank; Snoopy has aerial dogfights with the “Red …”
111BA5Slang for mouth; or American WWII anti-tank weapon, without its last two letters
31BA6Large monkey with red butt
41BA6Common yellow plantain variety
61BA6African tree
101BA6Middle Eastern market, charity fundraiser, or “Harper’s …” fashion mag
121BO4Wild pig
131BO4Taiwan sweet tea with gelatin pearls
161BO4Water pipe for smoking weed, or sound of a large bell
191BO4Breast, slang
211BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
221BO4Lout, NOT wild pig
231BO4Existing as a result of birth, adj. (Biden was … in Scranton)
251BO4Stupid, rude, or insignificant person, especially a man (originally, name of a famous clown)
171BO5Paired small drum held between the knees
241BO5Element 5
151BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
181BO6Small ape related to chimps
201BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
141BO7Sudden good fortune, or Cartwright family TV western 1959–73
261BR4Boast about your accomplishments, verb or noun
271BR4Grain husk (Raisin…cereal)
281BR6Ankle-height sturdy man’s work shoe with an Irish name
291GA4Clothing, noun; or dress (in), verb; start of “Grand Hotel” actress Greta name
301GA8Chickpea, AKA … bean; pangram
311GR4Seize suddenly & roughly, verb
321NA5Conspicuously rich person, as in VP Agnew’s “nattering …s of negativism”
331NO4Beginner, gamer slang
341RA6Sack of fabric scraps, or miscellaneous collection; compound

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.