Bee Roots for 2022-02-14

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. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: V/AEILNT
  • Words: 63
  • Points: 338
  • 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, ...)
231AL5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
11AL9Make suffering less severe
21AN5Heavy block for metalworking
31AT9State of listening carefully
41AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
51AV5Bird-related adj. (...Flu, e.g.)
61AV6Pilot or fly in a plane, verb (from Latin for bird)
71EA4Roof overhang, NOT Adam’s mate
91EL6Hour before noon
81EL7Raise up, verb
231EN7Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
101EV4Number that can be divided by 2 without a remainder, or flat & smooth; adj.; or to make or become that (… out the edges)
121EV4Wicked (ELO’s “… Woman”, Santana's "… Ways")
111EV5Thing that happens (“When in the course of human…s”)
141IN6Create something new (device, e.g.)
151IN6Ask someone to a party
151IN7Ask someone to a party
141IN9Create something new (device, e.g.)
131IN10Cause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
31IN11State of listening carefully
161LA4Molten rock from a volcano
181LE5Depart, verb
201LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
211LE5Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
191LE6Cause to rise, as bread with yeast
221LE8Rise or cause to rise and hover in the air
231LI4Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
231LI5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
271NA4Central part of a church building
241NA5Showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment
261NA5Seafaring military force, adj., not belly button
281NA5Belly button
251NA6Associated with the place or circumstances of a person's birth
241NA7Showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment
291TE9Not certain or fixed; provisional; or hesitant
301TI8Spiff up (clothing or appearance), obscure verb
311VA4Conceited (Carly Simon “You’re So…”)
321VA4Low area of land between mountains (… of Tears)
371VA4Device that shows wind direction
341VA5Parking attendant, or one who helps you dress
361VA5Device that controls passage of fluid or air (shut-off …, heart …)
351VA7Possessing or showing courage or determination
381VA7Flavor from beans of white (plain…) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
381VA8Flavor from beans of white (plain…) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
331VA9Sweetheart, especially on February 14
391VE4Calf meat (… Parmesan)
401VE4Bride’s face covering
411VE4Tube that returns blood to the heart
461VE4Exhaust outlet (clothes dryer, e.g.), noun; or let out your frustrations, verb
441VE5Corrupt (susceptible to bribery), adj.
421VE6Soft fabric, developing antler cover, or Lou Reed’s “… Underground” rock band
451VE6Catholic minor forgivable sin, adj.
431VE9Soft cotton fabric, or a kid’s stuffed rabbit who wants to become real
471VE9Cause air to enter and circulate freely in a room or building
481VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
491VI4Despicable, NOT a small glass container; adj.
531VI4Climbing plant (Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grape…”)
501VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
541VI5Essential, or lively (… signs)
511VI7Bad guy in a story (starts with above)
551VI7Formal, obscure verb meaning spoil or impair; or legal term meaning destroy or annul the force & effect of an act or instrument; (also Star Wars Sith Emperor Tenebrae)
521VI1019–stanza poem made up of five tercets (3 stanzas) followed by a quatrain (4 stanzas), with two repeating rhymes and two refrains, from French

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.