Bee Roots for 2022-10-24

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: Y/AFINRT
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 179
  • 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, ...)
21AF6Archaic var. of a list word: legal term for public brawl
11AF8Liking or sympathy for someone or something (I have an … for word games)
31AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
51AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
41AR5Ordered series, esp. math
61FA5Tinker Bell, e.g.
71FA5Body part upon which you sit
81FA5Natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies
91FI5Number of US states
111FR4Become worn at the edge (cloth) or tip (rope), verb; or a battle, noun
101FR6College brotherhood abbr. (… boys)
121FR6Monk (… Tuck of “Robin Hood”)
131IF4On condition
141IN7Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
151IN8Foot soldiers as a unit ("There's none so fair as can compare with the fighting …")
161IN8That which is boundless or endless, represented by an 8 that has fallen over
171IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
191NA4Dialectic negation (I survived with … a scratch)
181NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
201NA5Well dressed, adj.
211NI5Particularly skillful (… footwork); or fashionable; stylish (… shoes)
221NI5Foolish or silly person
231RA5Liquid precipitation
251RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
241RA6Uncommon; steak served with red inside
261RA6Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty or law, e.g.); (Nevada was the 36th state to … the Equal Rights Amendment)
271TA5Chewy candy (Salt water …)
281TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
291TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
321TI4Very small, adj., “Christmas Carol” kid
311TI5Silvery-white metal, atomic number 50 (Cat on a Hot … Roof)
301TI7Thin gauze muslin; or high-end jeweler (Breakfast at …'s)
331TR4Use it to carry drinks
341TR7Christian doctrine of God in three persons; or first test of a nuclear bomb
351TY6Cruel and/or oppressive ruler
351TY7Cruel and/or oppressive ruler
361YA4Knitting thread, or wild story

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.