Bee Roots for 2022-01-14

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.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: V/ADEILM
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 180
  • Pangrams: 1
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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, ...)
191AL5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
21AV4Eager for or enthusisatic about (… reader)
11AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
11AV7Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
31DE5Reach inside a receptacle and search for something
41DE5Evil spirit; Satan
31DE6Reach inside a receptacle and search for something
41DE7Evil spirit; Satan
51DI4Famous female opera singer; self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please
61DI4Jump headfirst into water
61DI5Jump headfirst into water
71DI6Separate into parts, or ÷ math operation
71DI7Separate into parts, or ÷ math operation
81DI7Break into parts for sharing (… up the proceeds)
91EA4Roof overhang, NOT Adam’s mate
111EV4Wicked (ELO’s “… Woman”, Santana's "… Ways")
101EV5Escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or trickery
101EV6Escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or trickery
121IV5Climbing plant with shiny, dark green five-pointed leaves (… League)
131LA4Molten rock from a volcano
151LE5Depart, verb
161LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
171LE5Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
181LE6Impose a tax, homophone of embankment above, verb
171LE7Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
191LI4Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
191LI5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
201LI5Furiously angry
211ME8relating to the Middle Ages
221VA4Low area of land between mountains + poetic shorter form (…of Tears) (2 words)
231VA5Having a sound basis in logic or fact; legally binding
241VA5Device that controls passage of fluid or air (shut-off…, heart…)
251VE4Calf meat (…Parmesan)
261VE4Bride’s face covering
271VE4Open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa
261VE6Bride’s face covering
281VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
291VI4Compete eagerly
301VI4Despicable, NOT a small glass container; adj.
311VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
321VI5Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind (a … memory); or, of a color, intensely deep or bright

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.