Bee Roots for 2022-09-30

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: A/JLNORU
  • Words: 27
  • Points: 95
  • 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, ...)
11AJ4Slightly open, adj.
21AN4Uptight, or butt-related; adj.
71AN4Soon, poetically
31AN5Yearly record book
51AN5Void a marriage
41AN6Yearly, adj.
61AN7Ring-shaped object, structure, or region
81AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
91AU5Hearing-related adj.
101AU6Polar lights (… Borealis)
101AU7Polar lights (… Borealis)
111JO7Newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject (“The Wall Street…,” “New England…of Medicine,” e.g.), pangram
121LL5South American grassy plain
131LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
141LU4Hawaiian BBQ
151LU4Roman moon goddess, or nutrition bar brand
161LU5Moon adj. (… eclipse)
171LU6½–moon shaped fingertip base white area (Latin "little moon")
181NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
191NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
201OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
211RA4Indian royal title
221RO4Horse with 2–colored coat
231RO4Lion “shout”
241RU5Countryside adj.; opposite of urban
251UL4Forearm bone opposite radius
251UL5Forearm bone opposite radius

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.