Bee Roots for 2022-01-11

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/ADFIRT
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 194
  • 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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
31AC4Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
41AC5Strong & unpleasant taste or smell, adj.
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
31AC6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
51AD6Someone who’s hooked on drugs
61AI8Machine that flies
81AR6North Pole adj. (… Circle or Ocean)
71AR7Region or scene of simple pleasure or quiet, city near LA, or mountainous southern region of Greece
91AR8Something made by a person, often of historical interest
101AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
111AT7Entice, lure, or evoke (…attention; opposites…), verb
141CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry
161CA4Shopping trolley you push
121CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
131CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
151CA7Heart, medical adj. (… arrest)
171CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
191CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
201CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
181CI6Noisy 17–year insect
211CI6Tree genus that includes lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, or the fruit of those trees
221CR5“Arts & …s” movement or class
231CR6Fault-finder (“everyone’s a…”), or arts & dining reviewer
251DI5(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
261DI6Person over-inclined to instruct others
261DI8Person over-inclined to instruct others
271DI8Bend waves around the corners of an obstacle
241DI9Accent or other pronunciation mark on a letter, NOT a fault-finder
281FA4Thing that is known (for a …)
301TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
291TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
311TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
321TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
331TR7Flow of cars and trucks (there's heavy … in the city today)

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.