Bee Roots for 2022-02-06

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: R/ADHNTY
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 152
  • 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, ...)
41AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
11AR5Buddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
31AR5Ordered series, esp. math
21AR6Complete & utter (nonsense), archaic adj.
51AT5Flower oil for perfume
61DA4Milder form of above exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
71DA4Spike thrown at a board
81DR4Mild exclamation of annoyance used by cartoon villains, anagram of spike thrown at board
91DR4Cart with open sides
101DR5Mythical Greek tree nymph
151HA4♂ deer, not ♥
131HA5Robust; detective “Boys”
141HA5UK ginger prince wed to Meghan
121HA7Noggin covering worn by construction workers (compound)
161HY5Mythical Greek water snake with 9 heads
171HY7Fire hoses attach to this to get water
181NA4Dialectic negation (I survived with … a scratch)
201RA4Kirk’s Yeoman Janice on Star Trek, or South African $
221RA4Speak or shout wildly & at length
191RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
211RA5Sexually excited (musician Jackson or “Toy Story” composer Newman)
231RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
251RA6Palm fiber for furniture
241RA7Machine gun sound
301TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
281TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
291TA5Late (for class?), adj.
271TA6Buddhist mystical text, related to yoga word (“Om”)
311TA6Plaid patterned Scottish cloth
321TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
261TA7Onomatopoetic name for war trumpet
331TR4Use it to carry drinks
341TY6Cruel and/or oppressive ruler
341TY7Cruel and/or oppressive ruler
351YA43 feet (...-stick), or grassy area outside a house
361YA4Knitting thread, or wild story

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.