Bee Roots for 2022-02-02

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: M/CEILOP
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 118
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11CL5Literary term for a region with ref. to prevailing weather (sunny…, e.g.), NOT scale a ladder
21CL5Walk with a heavy tread, verb
31CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
51CO4Provide for free (entry ticket, hotel room, drinks), slang abbr.
41CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
61CO6Force someone to do something
71CO7Gather or put together info for a report, or turn a program into machine code; pangram verb
81EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
91IM5Drive forward, or force or urge someone to do something, verb
101LI4Small green citrus fruit
111LI4Chauffeured, stretched car, slang abbr.
121LI4Walk with a bad leg, verb; or soggy noodle adj.
131LO4Cloth weaving device
151ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
161ME4Office note abbr.
141ME5Confusing scuffle
171MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
181MI45,280 feet, or 1.6 km
191MI4Wheat or pepper grinder
201MI4Silent performer
211MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
221MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
231MO4To work hard (archaic); homophone of bris snipper
241MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
251MO4Mobster’s ♀
261MO4Sulk, brood; verb
271PI4♂ who controls prostitutes
291PO4Verse that usually rhymes, from Frost et al.
311PO4Botany term for apple or pear (think French)
341PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “…& Circumstance March” at graduations)
321PO6Large Asian grapefruit
331PO6Extra seat on a horse or bike saddle, knob on a sword; or gymnastics “horse”
351PO6Cheerleader accessory
301PO7A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something; pangram; starts with above

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.