Bee Roots for 2022-02-10

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/BCOPRT
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 158
  • 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, ...)
11BI6Movie about someone's life
21BI6Relating to or resulting from living things
31BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
41BO5Element 5
51BR4Vigor, Italian; often used in music as “allegro con …”
61CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
71CI6Tree genus that includes lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, or the fruit of those trees
91CO4Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes & matting
81CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
101CR4Bed for a baby
121CR5Small plant that blooms early in spring
111CR6Fault-finder (“everyone’s a…”), or arts & dining reviewer
131OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
141OC6Aquatic animal with eight arms
151OP5Relating to the eye (…nerve), med. adj.
161OR5Path of a planet around the sun
171PI5One of a series of small ornamental loops forming an edge on ribbon or lace
181PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
191PO7Roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building
201PR5Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
211PR9Dietary supplement that stimulates the growth of intestinal flora, noun/adj.
231RI4Civil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
221RI6What a frog says (I'm not kidding - it's really a Spelling Bee word)
251RO4Indian flatbread that isn’t naan
241RO7Machine resembling a human
261TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition) (compound)
291TO4Donut shape
271TO5Subject of a discussion (his ears must have been burning because he was the current…of conversation), noun + perfect pangram adj. that is also a med. adj. for "applied on the skin" (…ointment) (2 words)
281TO5Shinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
291TO5Donut shape
311TR4Musical group of 3 (Kingston …)
321TR4Journey, noun (you’ve won a … to Paris!), or stumble (… over your own 2 feet), verb
301TR6Fine-knitted fabric, from French “to knit”
331TR6Area near the equator

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.