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


By installing this software you agree to the terms of the GNU General Public License v3.0.

Feature Overview

System requirements

Spelling Bee Assistant requires a modern web browser in a recent version. Below is a chart with Browser/OS combinations that are known to be working:

Browser Windows MacOS Ubuntu Android iOS
Blink ¹|² Extension Bookmarklet Extension Bookmarklet Extension Bookmarklet Extension ² ?
WebKit ³| n/a Bookmarklet ³ Bookmarklet n/a Bookmarklet ³
  1. Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi…
  2. Kiwi
  3. Safari
  4. Gnome Web
Browser extension | Bookmarklet

To install it on mobile devices, follow the instructions below.

Thanks to Alex for contributing the iOS instructions and hosting the shortcut.

  • Android: Use the extension with Kiwi

    1. Download Kiwi Browser from the Google Play Store.
    2. Open Kiwi and navigate to the Spelling Bee Assistant’s page on the Chrome Web Store.
    3. Select Add to Chrome to install the extension.
    4. Review the security warning that appears; if acceptable, confirm by tapping OK.

    The extension will now be active whenever you visit the Spelling Bee game on Kiwi, enhancing your gameplay experience.

  • iOS / iPadOS: Use a shortcut on Safari

    1. Open the Settings app. Navigate to Shortcuts > Advanced and enable Allow Running Scripts to let shortcuts run scripts like those of Spelling Bee Assistant.
    2. Access the shortcut by opening this link. Tap Get Shortcut and then Add.
    3. To use the shortcut, open Spelling Bee in Safari and access the Share menu. Find and run SB Assistant.
    4. Upon first run, a security warning appears. If you agree, tap Allow.

    To keep it handy, pin SB Assistant to the top of your share sheet by tapping Edit Actions… and selecting the green plus next to the SB Assistant action.

Doesn’t it spoil the game?

I try to keep Spelling Bee Assistant as subtle and unobstrusive as possible. Judging from user feedback as well my own experience, this concept works out just fine.

The challenge stays the same and so does the fun. But now you have a set of little helpers at hand when you’re stuck in a corner.

What is a 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, no affiliation whatsover. They know that Spelling Bee Assistant exists and rumor has it that some of them are even users...

Your privacy

This website does not employ any technology to collect personally identifiable information about its visitors. Both the site and the associated bookmarklet are hosted on GitHub Pages. For details on the data GitHub Pages collects, please consult their privacy policy. Regardless, I have no access to the data collected by GitHub.

Regarding the browser extension associated with this site: When installing the extension from a browser add-on store, you might see a message stating, "This extension can read and change your data on www.nytimes.com [...]", or something similar. Such messages can understandably lead to privacy concerns. However, the extension is designed solely to read data from the Spelling Bee game; it does not access, modify, or submit any personal information.

Although most add-on stores offer download statistics, these are typically aggregated by country and do not include any personally identifiable information.

Spelling Bee Assistant on GitHub