Bee Roots for 2022-02-12

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: U/EGINTY
  • Words: 28
  • Points: 170
  • 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, ...)
11EN5World weariness (French)
31GI5Lively Renaissance or Baroque folk dance (French); starts with term for a temp job (… economy) & ends with the 2 silent final letters in 1 of those eras
41GU7Lethal weapon; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …)
51GU7Stomach or belly, noun; or take out the intestines of a fish before cooking, verb
81IN6TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
61IN7Naive young ♀ in a play or film (French)
71IN9The quality of being clever, original, and inventive
81IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
101NU5Fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel
91NU6Small breaded chicken serving, or gold ore chunk
111TE7Very weak or slight
141TU4Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
181TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond
161TU5Private instructor
171TU5All together, musically (Italian); Little Richard “Wop bop a loo bop” song
141TU6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
131TU7Pull hard, verb; or a boat that pushes ships around a harbor
151TU7Make an exclamation expressing disapproval or annoyance
201UN4Something whole on its own but part of larger thing (apartment, Army squad, e.g.)
121UN5Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
212UN5Bring together
141UN6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
121UN7Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
191UN7A salve, noun
211UN7Bring together
141UN8Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts

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.