Bee Roots for 2022-01-29

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/EINOTX
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 301
  • 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, ...)
11CE41/100th of a dollar
21CI4Quote as evidence
51CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
81CO4Ice cream holder shape
151CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
171CO4Dove shelter, NOT a jacket
31CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
81CO5Ice cream holder shape
41CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
161CO6Kid’s imaginary germ, or a body louse
181CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
61CO7Excessive pride in oneself
71CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
91CO7Join (4, perhaps?) things together, verb + noun
101CO7(of a word or fact) imply, verb + its resulting noun ("cheap" has a negative…)
111CO7Peacefully happy or satisfied, adj.; or what’s included, noun (a book’s “table of…s”)
121CO7Surroundings (the meaning “in” a sentence)
141CO9One of the world's seven main bodies of land
71CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
91CO10Join (4, perhaps?) things together, verb + noun
111CO10Peacefully happy or satisfied, adj.; or what’s included, noun (a book’s “table of…s”)
131CO10Ability to control bowel movements or bladder functions
191EC7Region of transition between 2 biological communities, starts with “green” prefix
201EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
221EX4Corp. bigwig abbr.
211EX6Cause strong feelings of enthusiasm
231EX6Strange (Joe, perhaps?)
241EX7(Of a species or volcano) has died out (gone…), adj.
241EX10(Of a species or volcano) has died out (gone…), adj.
251IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
251IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
261IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
141IN11One of the world's seven main bodies of land
131IN12Ability to control bowel movements or bladder functions
281IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
291NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
301NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
321NI5Your sibling’s daughter
311NI8Addictive substance in tobacco
331NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
341NO6Become aware of, verb; or written announcement (board)
401NO8Poisonous, adj.; or Britney Spears hit
351OC5Group of 8 (musicians)
361ON4A single time (they deliver…a week)
371TE8Earth plates that shift & cause quakes, adj.
381TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
391TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin
401TO5Poisonous, adj.; or Britney Spears hit

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.