Bee Roots for 2022-02-23

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: D/BCEJOT
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 183
  • 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, ...)
11BE6Furniture you sleep on
31BO4Be an omen of a particular outcome
31BO5Be an omen of a particular outcome
41BO5Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
21BO6Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
51BO6Cowboy or winter shoe
61CE4Give up (power or territory)
61CE5Give up (power or territory)
71CO4Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
81CO4♀ student, or mixed ♂ & ♀ school, slang abbr.
71CO5Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
91CO5Made a pigeon sound, or talked amorously
101DE4Money you borrowed
111DE4Chrysler Bldg. style (Art…)
131DE4Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
71DE6Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
121DE6Extract the essence of something by heating or boiling
131DE6Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
141DE6Make sad or dispirited; depress
151DE6Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
71DE7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
121DE8Extract the essence of something by heating or boiling
141DE8Make sad or dispirited; depress
151DE8Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
161DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
171DO4Room in which martial arts are practiced
191DO4Be uncritically fond (she …s on her grandkids)
191DO5Be uncritically fond (she …s on her grandkids)
181DO6Small round mark, noun/verb (… the i's and cross the t's)
201EB5Recede, especially
211EJ7Force or throw something out; escape from a disabled fighter plane
221JE6Rapid stream of liquid or gas forced out of a small opening, noun/verb
231JO6Paid position of regular employment, noun/verb; or cheat/betray, informal verb
241JO6Write something quickly, verb; or very small amount, noun
251OB8Something that can be seen and touched, noun; express disapproval or disagreement, verb
261TE4Short stick that holds up a golf ball
271TO4Appendage at the front of your foot (most have five per foot)
291TO5Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, verb
281TO6Short horn sound; noun/verb

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.