Bee Roots for 2022-11-04

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/ACILOT
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 219
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Lapa Company

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, ...)
11AC5What a sneeze sounds like
31AL5Hawaiian greeting
21AL7Booze, chemically
21AL9Booze, chemically
41AT6Fasten 2 things together
51CA5Intercept & hold (a fish, a thrown ball, e.g.)
61CA8Covers or holds a variety of things; starts with above; compound noun (…term or tray)
71CA8Including a wide variety of things, all-embracing (used in the name of the pope's church)
81CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
111CH4Informal conversation, noun or verb (online … room, group …)
121CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
181CH4IOU note, Navy memo
141CH5Girl, Spanish
161CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
171CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
151CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2X fashionable)
91CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
101CH7Complete disorder and confusion
191CH8Idle small talk; slang compound noun or verb that starts with a list word
201CH10Person addicted to Hershey or Mars bars
231CO4Silver Pacific salmon
221CO5Athletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; bus, noun
241HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
261HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
271HA4Nimbus (ring of light or glowing cloud) atop a saint, or Xbox shooter game
281HA4Come to a complete & sudden stop, verb
301HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
251HA5Kosher in Islam
291HA5Emerge from an egg, verb
311HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
321HI4What Jack & Jill went up
331HI4Sword or dagger handle
341HI5“Psycho” director Alfred nickname, or slang for thumb a ride, verb; or device on a vehicle that allows it to attach a trailer, noun
351HO4Otter den
371HO4Owl sound
361HO5Cheap liquor
381IT4What you scratch (an …)
401LA4Flat strip of wood, often plastered as wallboard
391LA5Door, window, or gate fastener, or to close one
411LI5Print made with a flat surface treated so as to repel the ink except where it is required for printing
451LI6Small rounded Chinese fruit with sweet white scented flesh, a large central stone, and a thin rough skin (has at least one alternate spelling)
441LO4Scottish body of water where Nessie lives
421LO5Fish family that includes the “clown”, or English filmmaker Ken (“I, Daniel Blake”)
431LO5Reluctant (to), adj.; often confused with verb ending in E meaning “hate”
461OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
471OI8Fabric treated with linseed on one side to make it waterproof
481TA4Dashboard engine RPM gauge abbr.
491TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
501TH6Straw roof covering
511TI5Cultivation of land, or prepped soil surface, noun; rhymes with “extreme dirt” synonym
521TO5What you chew with

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.