Bee Roots for 2022-01-30

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: I/AFLORW
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 113
  • 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, ...)
11AF6Extramarital dalliance
21AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
31AI7Movement of what you breathe around or through something, compound
41AI7Shape of plane wings, compound
51AR4Opera solo
61AR4Seed covering
71FA4Don’t pass a test
101FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
91FI6Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
111FL5Swing (arms) wildly
121FL5Aptitude (for languages, e.g.) or panache
131FO4Thin aluminum sheet for wrapping leftovers, noun; or thwart, verb (Police …-ed the robbery)
141FO5A book (A Shakespeare first … is quite valuable), a page in a book, or a book size; from Latin for “leaf”
151FR5Weak & delicate
161FR5Monk (… Tuck of “Robin Hood”)
171FR5Decorative or unnecessary extra, noun + adj.
181LA4Animal or criminal den
191LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
201LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
211OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
231RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
221RA6African palm tree, or its fiber in hats, mats, & baskets
241RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
251RI4Short repeated phrase in pop & jazz (guitar)
271RI4Small stream
261RI8Undesirable people, overflow room on “Ellen"
281RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…-ed the waters)
291WA4Homeless, neglected, or abandoned person, esp. a child; Dickens novels often feature them (street…)
301WA4Loud, unhappy sound of babies & banshees, NOT a humpback
311WA7Brave or experienced soldier; or various standing yoga positions
321WI4Last … & testament, or actor Ferrell
331WI6“Weeping” tree, or 1988 Val Kilmer fantasy film

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.