# What is a Spelling Bee Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Spelling Bee Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.
Added more words here, which should help.

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Spelling Bee Words }^™}& \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Not Spelling Bee Words }^™}\\ \hline \text{ BEE }&\text{ WASP }\\ \hline \text{ PER }&\text{ EACH }\\ \hline \text{ DING }&\text{ DONG }\\ \hline \text{ PING }&\text{ TRACE }\\ \hline \text{ TOTAL }&\text{ SUM }\\ \hline \text{ LEVER }&\text{ KNOB }\\ \hline \text{ STRING }&\text{ CORD }\\ \hline \text{ BUMBLE }&\text{ BLUNDER }\\ \hline \text{ MISDEED }&\text{ WRONG }\\ \hline \text{ SHEPHERD }&\text{ TAMER }\\ \hline \text{ NONVIABLE }&\text{ HEALTHY }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Spelling Bee Words™,Not Spelling Bee Words™
BEE,WASP
PER,EACH
DING,DONG
PING,TRACE
TOTAL,SUM
LEVER,KNOB
STRING,CORD
BUMBLE,BLUNDER
MISDEED,WRONG
SHEPHERD,TAMER
NONVIABLE,HEALTHY


The puzzle relies on the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Spelling Bee Word™ without relying on the other words.

These are not the only examples of Spelling Bee Words™, many more exist.

• I assume PONG is not a spelling be word? – MMAdams Oct 28 '16 at 19:23
• Amusingly but probably irrelevantly, all of the following are words or have words that sound like them: bee-per, bee-ding, bee-ping, bee-lever. (You need to speak British rather than American English for that last one, I think.) – Gareth McCaughan Oct 28 '16 at 23:12
• Hehe I think the OP is trying to trick us thinking that it's one rule, but it leads to a dead end. – Bradman175 Oct 29 '16 at 2:19
• Nonviable and healthy confuses me. – Bradman175 Oct 29 '16 at 2:22
• @MMAdams PONG is not a Spelling Bee Word™. – Rubio Oct 29 '16 at 15:17

A word is a Spelling Bee word if

the name of its initial letter can be added to it (internally if need be) to make a new word.

Thus:

PEEPER
DEEDING
PEEPING
TEETOTAL
LEVELLER (or LEVELER if you prefer)
STRESSING
BUMBLEBEE
MISDEEMED
SHEPHERDESS
NONENVIABLE

Here are some others:

EMPLOYEE MORPHEMIC MEMO ROSARY

• Nice job :) my dictionary lists beebee so yeah. – Rubio Oct 31 '16 at 23:51
• It's annoying to have been so close so long ago. – Gareth McCaughan Oct 31 '16 at 23:57
• Lemme guess - LEVER onward of the original list got ya? – Rubio Nov 1 '16 at 0:17
• Well, what was in my brain then was inadequate in two different ways (fixed versus varying, start versus anywhere -- I'm being slightly cryptic to reduce the danger of giving things away to other puzzlers) so maybe I shouldn't really say "so close". But it definitely feels as if I'd have got it days ago if I'd been just slightly less stupid. – Gareth McCaughan Nov 1 '16 at 0:24