Bee Roots for 2022-10-26

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: C/DGINOT
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 263
  • 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, ...)
11CI6Quote as evidence
71CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
171CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
21CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
51CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
121CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
141CO5Ice cream holder shape
31CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
41CO6Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
161CO6Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
181CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
71CO7Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
91CO7Swindle, verb; someone serving a prison sentence (noun, slang)
101CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
31CO9Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
61CO9What your brain is all about
111CO9The state of something (it’s in poor … after long use), noun
131CO9Accept or allow misbehavior to continue (“We don’t…this behavior”)
151CO9(of a word or fact) imply, verb
181CO9Soft fabric or its plant source
81CO10Occur at the same time (… with)
102CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
111CO12The state of something (it’s in poor … after long use), noun
191DI6Spotted cubes you roll, noun; or chop into cubes, verb
201DI7Enunciation (use a …-ary to find word meanings)
221IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
211IC5Frozen water
221IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
231ID7Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
261IN6Legal term for formally charging with a crime
241IN8Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
251IN9In disguise; or more generally, concealing your true identity
261IN9Legal term for formally charging with a crime
271IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
281NO8Become aware of, verb; or written announcement (board)
291TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
301TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin

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.