Bee Roots for 2022-01-01

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. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table. The Halloween, 2021 redesign improved the usability, I hope.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: C/AMNORY
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 255
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AC5Nut from an oak tree
21AC7Abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word
41AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
31AR61 of 2 classes in a tarot pack (major & minor), a mystery or deep secret, or specialized knowledge, noun
71CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
51CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
101CA5Tropical “lily”
121CA5Shrewd; or soup tin adj.
131CA5Nikon rival, or accepted (Church) lore, noun
151CA5Person who works in a traveling amusement (slang)
161CA5Bounce off or glance off an object or cushion
171CA5Lug around (fireman’s …), verb
61CA6Alligator with name similar to British Caribbean islands (George Town) (alt spelling is the same)
81CA6Small bird, popular as a pet, once used as a monitor for poison gas (... in a coal mine)
91CA6Leggy French dance
111CA6Wheeled artillery
141CA6Deep gorge, from Spanish (“Grand”)
181CO41st part of popular soda brand name
211CO4Prolonged unconscious state
241CO4Veg on a cob
191CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
221CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
251CO5Trite and mawkish
201CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
231CO6Ordinary, or shared (in …), adj.
261CO6Upper part of the sun's atmosphere
271CO8Artery that supplies the heart muscle, adj; or heart attack (informal)
281CR4Study intensely just before a test (stuff facts into your brain), or stuff into a box; verb
311CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
321CR5Close friend or companion (often derogatory)
331CR5Hum or sing in a soft, low voice, especially in a sentimental manner (think Sinatra or Bublé)
291CR6Small, narrow space or opening
301CR6What kids use on coloring books
341CY4Greenish-blue (ink cartridge)
371MA5Opposite of micro
381MA6Printed mark that indicates a long vowel; or president of France
391MA6Rattle shaken in music
351MA7French sandwich cookie
361MA8Small cake or biscuit, typically made from ground almonds, coconut or other nuts
411MO7Casablanca’s country
401MO9Opposite of democracy; government by one person
421NA4Drug cop, slang
431NA5Drug dealer, old-fashioned slang
441NO6Military slang abbr. for a senior enlisted person (sgt., e.g.) expressed as a negation
451OR4Killer “whale”
471RA4Lively, entertaining, & mildly sexual; adj. (think car or horse speed contest)
481RA6Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing
461RA7Mammal with a mask
491RO6Ornamental decorative style
501RO6Amorous & funny film genre, slang abbr.

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.