Bee Roots for 2022-10-03

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: D/ACIORT
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 248
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
21AC4Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
31AC5Strong & unpleasant taste or smell, adj.
11AC6Treaty, or large Honda sedan; noun; or agree (we are in …), verb
21AC6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
41AD6Someone who’s hooked on drugs
51AD6Clever with hands or mind, adj. (from French)
81AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
71AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
61AR7Region or scene of simple pleasure or quiet, city near LA, or mountainous southern region of Greece
91CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry
111CA6Exercise that works the heart, slang abbr.
101CA7Heart, medical adj. (… arrest)
131CA7Artery that carries blood to the head and neck, noun/adj.
121CA8Heart-shaped curve in math
141CI6Noisy 17–year insect
151CO4Concluding event, remark, or section, especially in music
161CO4Unit of firewood, or a string-like object (umbilical, vocal, electric …)
171CO7Bullfight, Spanish (… de toros)
191DA4Spike thrown at a board
201DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
221DI5(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
261DI5“Same here” or “same as above”
241DI6Person over-inclined to instruct others
231DI8Lay down authoritatively; prescribe; say words that someone will type
241DI8Person over-inclined to instruct others
211DI9Accent or other pronunciation mark on a letter, NOT a fault-finder
281DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
301DO4Room or bldg. entrance
271DO6“Who” travels in a TARDIS, or physician + degree they & professors hold
291DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
311DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
321DO6“Old & feeble” insult used by N Korea about our former pres.
331DR4Mild exclamation of annoyance used by cartoon villains, anagram of spike thrown at board
341DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
351ID5Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
351ID7Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
361OC5Group of 8
371OD4Bad smell (body …)
421RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
381RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
401RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
411RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
391RA8Give off heat or light in all directions; or spread out in all directions
431RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
441RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
451TO4Frog cousin
461TO6Burning hot (climate or affair), adj.
471TO6Donut shape
481TR4Step on; snake flag motto "Don't … on me"
491TR5Group of 3

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.