Bee Roots for 2022-01-08

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: W/ABELPO
  • Words: 29
  • Points: 121
  • 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, ...)
11AL5Permit, verb
11AL9Permit, verb
21BA4Cry noisily
41BE5Underneath (“Look out …!”)
31BE6Make a roaring shout; singular of “I Dream of Jeannie” doc
52BL4What the wind does, or what you do to extinguish birthday candles
71BO4Dish for cereal & soup, noun; or trying to knock down pins in an alley
61BO5(Usually plural) intestine, or the deepest area of something
81BO6Rhyming compound bark of a cartoon dog
91EL5Arm joint, or macaroni shape
101LO7Offer a deceptively or unrealistically low estimate, verb/adj.
111PA4Mechanical component that engages with another component to prevent movement in one direction
121PA5Another name for papaya
121PA6Another name for papaya
131PE5Baseball league for kids around 8 years old (rhyming)
131PE6Baseball league for kids around 8 years old (rhyming)
141PL4Farm implement for cutting furrows; or truck attachment for removing snow, noun/verb
141PL8Farm implement for cutting furrows; or truck attachment for removing snow, noun/verb
151PO6North American Indian ceremony involving feasting, singing and dancing
161WA4Ridge on fabric (corduroy, e.g.) or a ship (gun-…), homophone of large marine mammal (humpback, e.g.)
171WA4Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
181WA6Strike or hit very hard
191WA6Roll around in mud, or indulge "in" emotion (misery, self-pity)
201WE4Archaic noun for that which is best for someone or something (common-…); remove –THY from end of rich synonym
211WE4Cry quietly
221WE4Hole in ground you draw water from
241WO4Warm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.
231WO6Teeter, as an uneven table

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.