Bee Roots for 2022-04-10

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: E/BILOPW
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 150
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Scotsman

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, ...)
21BE4Car horn sound, noun/verb
31BE4It rings
11BE5Fast jazz style (“Cowboy …” anime series)
41BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
61BE5Underneath (“Look out …!”)
181BE5Be in a horizontal resting position, or say something false
51BE6Make a roaring shout; singular of “I Dream of Jeannie” doc
81BI4Liver secretion, or anger
71BI5Holy book (starts with Genesis)
101BL4What the wind does, or what you do to extinguish birthday candles
91BL5Cover a profanity with a sound (… out)
111BL8Weapon for shooting poison darts with breath; or tube for keeping a Scottish instrument full of air, compound pangram
131BO5(Usually plural) intestine, or the deepest area of something
121BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
141EL5Arm joint, or macaroni shape
151EL5Run away to marry
161EP4Fencing sword
171LI5Printed slander, noun
171LI7Printed slander, noun
191LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
201LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
211OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
231OL5Skateboard jump, or Stan’s slapstick partner
251PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
261PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
271PE5Baseball league for kids around 8 years old (rhyming)
241PE6Small rock (… Beach golf course near Monterey, CA)
271PE6Baseball league for kids around 8 years old (rhyming)
281PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
291PI4Heap, stack (dirty laundry, raked leaves, etc.), noun/verb
301PI4Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
311PL4Commoner, slang insult, from Latin
331PL4Ballét bénd
321PL5Military academy cadet, slang
341PO4What a firefighter slides down
351PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
361WE4Cry quietly
371WE4Hole in ground you draw water from
361WE6Cry quietly
381WI4Roadrunner foe …. E. Coyote, or “feminine …s” (subtle ruses)
391WI4Clean or dry something by rubbing it with a cloth, a piece of paper, or a hand, verb; or a pre-moistened cleaning cloth, noun
401WO6Teeter, as an uneven table

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.