Spelling Bee Assistant

Spelling Bee Assistant is an add-on for Spelling Bee, the New York Times’ popular word puzzle. It’s packed with features that will boost your playing experience.

Follow your progress, see what lies ahead of you and if you want to, get a hint or two. Eventually, when you run out of ideas, reveal today’s answers - no more waiting until the next day!

Spelling Bee Assistant is a great improvement for this excellent game and it won’t spoil the fun. Promised!

Spelling Bee Assistant

What’s new in SBA 4.2.2?

While version 4 brought better mobile compatibility and a configurable Dark Mode, version 4.2 puts a spotlight on the Spelling Bee community. Some fellow players had reached out asking to add links to the different forums and to highlight some of the non-official features. Well, here they are!

4.2.2 is a bug fix release that addresses some minor issues.

Installation

It seems that you’re using a legacy web browser on which Spelling Bee Assistant won’t work.

I want to install Spelling Bee Assistant on a mobile device.

Feature Overview

System requirements

Spelling Bee Assistant works with modern browsers and has originally been built with laptops or desktop computers in mind. The extension works in the Kiwi browser under Android. According to user reports, the bookmarklet can be used on Safari/iPhone instead. The user experience on mobile devices might be limited due to the screen size.

Browser/OS combinations that are known to be working

Note: Browsers/OS refer to recent versions

Browser Windows MacOS Linux Android iOS
Chromium ¹ Extension Bookmarklet Extension Bookmarklet Extension Bookmarklet Extension ³
Firefox Extension Bookmarklet Extension Bookmarklet
Safari Bookmarklet Bookmarklet ³
Browser extension | Bookmarklet | ¹ Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera, Kiwi, Vivaldi… | ² Kiwi | ³ based on user report | empty: not tested

Installing the extension on Kiwi (Android only)

  1. Install Kiwi from the Google Play Store
  2. Open it and visit Spelling Bee Assistant’s Chrome Store page
  3. Click on Add to Chrome
  4. Click on OK on the message that appears

Kiwi will likely display an error message upon installation, but - at least in my experience - it will work regardless.

Installing the bookmarklet on mobile devices

This task is a bit complex but feasible. Google links to several similar tutorials. I tried some on Android and they worked just fine. These tutorials commonly involve copying the code of the bookmarklet:

javascript:(()%3D%3E%7Bconst%20s%3Ddocument.createElement(%22script%22)%3Bs.async%3D!0%2Cs.src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fspelling-bee-assistant.app%2Fassets%2Fjs%2Fspelling-bee-assistant.min.js%22%2Cdocument.body.append(s)%3B%7D)()

The above options aren’t working for me

If you can’t use Spelling Bee Assistant, for instance, because you play on the NYT app or any other environment it won’t run on, I suggest using W. Shunn’s excellent site instead.

Doesn’t it spoil the game?

There are numerous websites with a similar purpose, which - according to this article - the Spelling Bee community seems to enjoy. The challenge stays the same and so does the fun. But now you have a little helper at hand when you’re stuck in a corner.

What is a bookmarklet?

Bookmarklet
Regular bookmarks along with the Spelling Bee Assistant

Bookmarklets are small pieces of code that can enhance the functionality of a website. They reside, just like regular bookmarks, in your browser’s bookmark menu. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward way to assign an icon to them.

I discovered a bug | I’d like to give feedback

You can report bugs or request features at GitHub. Keep in mind that this is a fun weekend project and I don’t want it to be a burden. I might work on issues from time to time, but I can’t make any promises.

You can also find me at r/NYTSpellingBee where I regularly post the latest updates under the handle spellingBeeAssistant.

Is the NYT behind this or are you affiliated with the NYT?

No.

Your privacy

This site doesn’t use any technology to collect personally identifiable information about you. It is, along with the bookmarklet, hosted on GitHub Pages. Please refer to their statement regarding the data they collect. I don’t have access to this data.

Depending on the store, installing the extension will display a message that reads "This extension can read and change your data on www.nytimes.com [...]", or similar. Understandably, this may raise some concerns. In fact, the extension reads Spelling Bee’s game data, nothing else. It doesn’t access, modify or submit any personal data whatsoever.

Most add-on stores provide download statistics, sometimes grouped by country, but never any personally identifiable information.

Spelling Bee Assistant on GitHub