Bee Roots for 2022-04-09

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: R/AILTUV
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 195
  • 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, ...)
11AL5Raised church platform to wed
21AR4Opera solo
31AR4Seed covering
41AR7Get there; what you do at the end of a trip
51AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
61AT5Flower oil for perfume
51AT6Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
71AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
81AU5Hearing-related adj.
91AV6Video game stand-in, or film set on Pandora
101LA4Animal or criminal den
121LA5Immature insect stage, noun + adj.
111LA6Cowboy rope
121LA6Immature insect stage, noun + adj.
131LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
141LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
151RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
161RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
171RA7Machine gun sound
181RA7Rodent hind appendage, fish, or hair style; compound
191RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
201RI4Small stream
221RI5Foe or competitor (sibling …-ry)
211RI6Religious ceremony, or common habit
231RU5Countryside adj.; opposite of urban
241TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
251TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
261TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
271TI7Head of govt. in name only, (UK’s Queen, e.g.), adj.
281TR5Forest path, noun; follow or fall behind, verb
291TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
311TR5Courtroom proceeding
321TR5Vibratory sound, Star Trek symbiotic species (Dax, e.g.), or how Spanish say “R”
331TR6Insignificant facts (there are often contests), noun + adj.
301TR7Painful or laborious ordeal, French for “work”
331TR7Insignificant facts (there are often contests), noun + adj.
341UL5“Extreme” or “beyond” prefix, as in –violet, or “Ne plus…”
351UV6It hangs above your throat at the back of your mouth
371VI5Pathogen that causes diseases such as colds, flu, or COVID
361VI7Simulated, as in “…Reality goggles,” or "practically a" (tie) (pangram)
381VU6♀ outer genitals

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.