Bee Roots for 2022-10-29

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: H/ADENOP
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 179
  • 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, ...)
11AH5Further forward in space or time; in the lead (sports)
21DA6Small Eurasian shrub with sweet-scented flowers & evergreen leaves, or “Danger–Prone” Scooby Doo teen
31DE8Remove spent flowers from a plant, verb/noun (compound)
31DE10Remove spent flowers from a plant, verb/noun (compound)
41HA4What sticks out of your sleeve
41HA6What sticks out of your sleeve
61HE4Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
81HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
91HE4Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
101HE5Hair or temp. tattoo dye
62HE6Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
91HE6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
101HE7Hair or temp. tattoo dye
71HE9What you wear over your ears to listen to music, compound pangram
111HO4Use a long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade
121HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
131HO4“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
151HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
171HO4Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
121HO5Sharpen (a blade or skill)
171HO5Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
131HO6“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
141HO6Column of weathered rocks, or black magic; rhyming word
151HO6O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
161HO6Move by jumping on one foot
181OP4Sunfish, kingfish, Jerusalem haddock, or redfin ocean pan; close to TV queen with her OWN network & magazine
191OP10(Of a facial slap) with the palm; or giving freely (think bird feeding), compound pangram adj.
201PE6♀ of a bird with showy plumage
211PH5Device to make calls (tele…)
221PH5Record player, slang abbr.
211PH6Device to make calls (tele…)
231PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear

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.