Bee Roots for 2022-01-19

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: L/ADIPTU
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 165
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia /Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

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, ...)
11AD5Not a child anymore
101AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
21AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
31AP7Show approval by clapping
431AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
41DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
51DI4Pickle spice
61DU4Having two parts; NOT pistols at ten paces
71DU4Not shiny, adjective/verb
81LA4Praise, verb/noun
91LA4Put something down
111LI4Singsong accent
121LI5Chemical term for a fatty acid
131LU4Hawaiian BBQ
141LU4Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
151LU4Doozy, or “To Sir With Love” singer
161PA4Bucket, NOT white-faced
201PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
221PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
231PA5Pontiff adj.
171PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
211PA6White-faced, feeble; sounds like covering for what Jack & Jill used to fetch water, adj. + adv.
181PA7Roof of the mouth
241PA7Small rounded bump on body part such as tongue (from Latin, and/or plural in some puzzles)
191PA8Resembling a royal residence (Buckingham?); spacious & splendid, adj.
251PI4Tablet of medicine
281PL4Construction map; omit end vowel in dish synonym
261PL5Tartan or lumberjack shirt pattern
271PL5Hair braid, noun/verb
291PL7Expressions of praise, never singular as here, related to “clap” synonym (the show has won…s from the critics), pangram noun
301PU4Hungarian herding dog with dreadlocks
311PU4Tug on, verb
321PU4Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice
341PU5Immature insect stage
351PU5Student, or black dot at center of eye
331PU6Raised Christian preaching stand
361TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
371TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
391TA4Ankle bone
381TA6Fringed prayer shawl
421TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
431TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
401TI5Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
411TI7Common bland-tasting fish
441TU5Dutch flower grown from a bulb
451UP5Illuminated from below (flags, statues, or buildings at night, e.g.)
431UP6Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)

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.