Bee Roots for 2022-11-09

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: P/ABCELO
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 219
  • 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, ...)
21AL6S Am mammal similar to but smaller than a llama
11AL7Word for a sweet, fizzy alcoholic drink
51AP51 of these fruits a day keeps the doctor away
251AP5Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
31AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
41AP6Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
41AP8Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
41AP10Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
71BE4Car horn sound, noun/verb
61BE5Fast jazz style (“Cowboy …” anime series)
81BL5Cover a profanity with a sound (… out)
91BL5Electronic tone similar to profanity cover sound, or mistake (usually with –ER)
111CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
121CA4Mafia boss, or moveable bar on a guitar
101CA7Fit to do or achieve a specified thing
141CL4Sound of a horse’s hooves on a hard surface
151CO4Chicken pen, noun; or confine in a small space, verb (…ed up)
161CO4Deal effectively with something difficult
171EL5Run away to marry
181EP4Fencing sword
191LA5Jacket edge that’s folded back
201LE4Forceful jump (of faith?), noun/verb
221LO4Closed curve
231LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
211LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
241OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
251PA4Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
291PA4White-faced, NOT a bucket
311PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
321PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
341PA4Father, slang
301PA5Diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans
351PA5Pontiff adj.
261PA6Spanish rice, saffron, chicken, and seafood dish
271PA6Official residence of a sovereign, archbishop, or other exalted person
281PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
331PA8So intense (a feeling or atmosphere) as to seem almost physical (a … sense of loss), or can be felt by touch
371PE4Repeated bell ringing or laughter
391PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
401PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
381PE6Small rock (… Beach golf course near Monterey, CA)
411PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
391PE8Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
441PL4Urgent request (Mercy!), or court statement of guilt or innocence
451PL4Commoner, slang insult, from Latin
471PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
421PL5A particular position or point in space, noun/verb
461PL5Military academy cadet, slang
431PL7Harmless medicine or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit of the patient, pangram
481PO4What a firefighter slides down
491PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
501PO4Croquet on horseback
511PO4Swimming venue
521PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
531PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)

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.