Bee Roots for 2022-10-30

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: T/BEHILY
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 135
  • 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, ...)
11BE4Borscht veg
31BE4It holds your pants up
41BE5Nut that Bloody Mary chews in “South Pacific”; AKA areca nut
21BE6VW compact car, or winged insect (scarab, e.g.)
181BE8Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
61BI4Use teeth to cut into food (take a … out of the apple)
51BI6Temp soldier lodging
71BL6Indifferent, or lighthearted (Noël Coward's "...Spirit") (-LY form is a pangram)
71BL8Indifferent, or lighthearted (Noël Coward's "...Spirit") (-LY form is a pangram)
81BY4Computer memory unit, NOT nibble
91EL5Select group that’s superior
101ET5Chemical, C₂H₅ (…alcohol), similar to singer Merman
111EY6Small round hole for shoelaces or strings; diminutive of sight organ
121EY8Cuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper; (I’d give my … for) Possibly only in Spelling Bee, can also be singular
131HI4Sword or dagger handle
141IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
151LI4Singsong accent
161LI4Low-calorie or low-fat in ad-speak (Miller … beer)
171LI5Skinny, supple, & graceful (her…figure)
181LI6Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
171LI7Skinny, supple, & graceful (her…figure)
211TE4Inform, verb; or Swiss archer William with an overture
191TE5What you use to chew, plural
201TE6When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
221TH4Archaic form of “you”
231TH4Plural non-gendered pronoun (… were delicious candies)
241TI4Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
251TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
261TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
271TI5Cultivation of land, or prepped soil surface, noun; rhymes with “extreme dirt” synonym
281TI5Give 10% of your income to the Church
291TI5Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
301TI6Dot above an i or j, or really small amount
311YE4Abominable snowman

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.