Bee Roots for 2022-11-08

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: G/HLNORU
  • Words: 20
  • Points: 75
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Texas Monthly

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, ...)
11GH5Evil spirit, esp. one who robs graves & feeds on dead bodies
21GL4Drink or pour liquid & make a hollow sound, verb
31GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
41GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
61GO63 Greek sisters with snakes for hair & petrifying gazes
71GR4Watered-down (nautical) rum
81GU4Noisy shore bird
91GU4Indian spiritual teacher
111HO8Lasting 1/24th of a day, compound pangram
101HU4What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
121LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
141LO4“Short” antonym, adj.; or yearn (for)
131LO7Balance competition with timber in water, compound, ends in list word
151LO8Breed of cattle that is the mascot of the University of Texas, compound made from opposite of short + what a bull can gore you with
161LU4Breathing organ
171OO6Dark Chinese tea (black dragon)
191RO5Not smooth (cat’s tongue, sandpaper)
181RU4Make a bell sound, verb/noun; encircle, verb/noun
101UN6What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows

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.