Bee Roots for 2022-09-26

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: L/AJMORY
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 148
  • 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, ...)
41AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
11AL5Warning (bell)
21AL5Put (fears) at rest
31AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
51AM4Abbr. for … nitrite "poppers" you sniff at a rave; or C₅H₁₁ on its own
221AM6Principled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
221AM8Principled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
61JO5Happy and cheerful, often said of Old Saint Nicholas
71LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
81LL5S Am camel
91LO4Fertile, sandy soil
101LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
111LO4Cloth weaving device
91LO5Fertile, sandy soil
121LO5“Truck” in Britspeak
131LO5Faithful, devoted
131LO7Faithful, devoted
151MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
161MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
141MA7Military rank between captain & colonel (Tony Nelson on “Jeannie”)
171MA7Top city elected official
191MO4Mobster’s ♀
181MO5Grinding back tooth
201MO5Small black aquarium fish; or actress Ringwald; or Ecstasy drug (slang)
211MO5$, slang (from Fiji)
221MO5Principled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
221MO7Principled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
231OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
231OR6Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
241RA5Mass meeting of people for a common cause (pep, political)
251RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
261RO5Prince or king adj. + adv. (“… flush” in poker)
261RO7Prince or king adj. + adv. (“… flush” in poker)

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.