Bee Roots for 2022-04-08

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: D/AILMOR
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 200
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Smithsonian's National Zoo

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, ...)
11AD7Highest naval rank
21AM4Surrounded by, preposition
41AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
31AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
51AR6Warship fleet (Spanish one defeated by England in 1588)
71AR7As much as a person can hold in both upper limbs (compound) (Can you get the door? I’ve got an … of clothes)
61AR9US animal that rolls into a ball to protect itself, pangram
81DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
101DI4Pickle spice
91DI5Phallus-shaped sex toy
111DI7Model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures
121DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
131DO4Small human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
181DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
191DO4Room or bldg. entrance
201DO4Student housing abbr.
151DO5Balkan meat & rice wrapped in leaves
161DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
141DO6US currency
171DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
211DR4Scottish whisky serving size, ⅛ oz.
221DR5Serious or exciting play, show, film, or events (Don’t be such a … queen!)
231DR5Power tool with bits for making holes, or practice for an emergency (fire…); noun
241DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
251DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
261DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
281ID4Punk rocker Billy; “American …” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
271ID5Slang phrase particular to a language (“raining cats & dogs”), noun
291LA4Pig fat for cooking
301LA4Put something down
311LO4A unit of laundry, noun; or to fill up a truck, verb
321LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
341MA48 of them were milking in a Xmas carol
331MA5Term of respect for a ♀, or one who runs a brothel; palindrome
351MA7Common duck species, whose males have dark green heads and white collars
421MA7Bad smell (body …)
371MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
381MI4Not severe (a … case of the flu), or gentle (Clark Kent, the …-mannered reporter)
361MI6Location descriptor of plane “collision” that occurs in the sky
401MO4Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
411MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
391MO5Grammar, music, logic, stats, & textile adj., relating to structure as opposed to substance, e.g.
421OD4Bad smell (body …)
471RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
431RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
451RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
461RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
441RA6Modern tire design; or arranged like spokes of a wheel, adj.
491RA6Covered porch, or hotel brand
501RA6Stick for loading a gun, or adj. for rigid posture (compound)
481RA8Trains & tracks, compound noun; ends in below (“I’ve been working on the…”)
511RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
521RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance

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.