Bee Roots for 2022-04-06

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. 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: Z/AGINOR
  • Words: 22
  • Points: 150
  • 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, ...)
11AG9Extreme pain
21GA6Stare intently, verb + gerund
31GO5Journalism in an exaggerated, subjective, or fictionalized style (exemplified by Hunter S. Thompson)
41GR7The main thing a cow does in a pasture
51IO8Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
61OO6Slowly trickle or seep out, verb/noun
91OR4Pasta shaped like grains of barley or rice
81OR7Sheer silk or synthetic fabric; similar to Princess Leia name but with an added consonant
71OR10Arrange into a structured whole; put in order
121RA4Tease someone, slang
111RA5What you shave with
101RA6Completely destroy a building or town
121RA7Tease someone, slang
111RA8What you shave with
131ZA7Sharp change of direction; usually the second part of a compound for a path with multiple sharp changes of direction
161ZI4Enthusiasm, move rapidly with a high-pitched noise, criticize, or center word in Sheldon Cooper’s “gotcha!” catchphrase
151ZI6Path with multiple sharp changes of direction; compound
171ZI6Sunflower within the daisy family (what other flower starts with Z?)
141ZI7Sharp change of direction; noun/verb
161ZI7Enthusiasm, move rapidly with a high-pitched noise, criticize, or center word in Sheldon Cooper’s “gotcha!” catchphrase
151ZI10Path with multiple sharp changes of direction; compound
181ZO6An area with a particular purpose, noun; divide an area into parts with designated purposes, verb (residential …)

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.