Bee Roots for 2022-10-31

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: T/AHMNOP
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 150
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikimedia Commons

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, ...)
11AT4Basic unit of matter, “… Ant” superhero, noun/adjective (… bomb)
391AT4Opposite of bottom
21HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
31HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
41HO4Owl sound
51HO6Asian dish similar to fondue; AKA steamboat (compound)
101MA4Addition/subtraction/multiplication/division subject abbr.
91MA5Ray (fish)
61MA7Indian honorific (… Gahdhi), or rice brand
71MA7Huge, adj.; or large extinct elephant (wooly …)
81MA9NY City borough containing Times Square; or a cocktail made of whiskey and vermouth
111MO4Water ditch surrounding a castle
131MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
141MO4Drab butterfly
121MO5February is the shortest one
151MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
161NA6Swimming or floating adj. from Latin
171OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
181ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
191OT7Turkish Empire; or low, upholstered seat or footstool without a back or arms
201PA4What a dog does when it’s hot, verb; or singular of trousers, noun
211PA4Walking or bike trail
231PH4“Excellent” in hip-hop slang, NOT obese
241PH5Picture made using a camera, abbr.
261PH6Smallest unit of light
221PH7Tragic figure who haunts Paris Opera House, pangram
251PH8Aerial image with roads & place names; or a picture you can use to chart a route, compound
271PO7Temp floating bridge; or cylinder full of air, two of which keep a type of slow boat afloat
291TA4Pack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
311TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
301TA6It collects menstrual flow
321TA6Skin “ink”
331TH4Comparison word (bigger … a breadbox)
341TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
361TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
371TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
381TO5What you chew with
351TO6Ketchup & ragù fruit

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.