Bee Roots for 2022-04-11

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: T/ALORVY
  • Words: 49
  • Points: 207
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia (ChickenGrass - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

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, ...)
31AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
11AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
21AL5Raised church platform to wed
41AO5Main blood pipe from heart
41AO6Main blood pipe from heart
51AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
61AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
71AT5Flower oil for perfume
81AV6Video game stand-in, or film set on Pandora
91LA8Bathroom, pangram
101LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
111LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
121LO7Faithful, devoted
131OA4Grain that is Quaker's specialty
141OR6Make a speech
141OR7Make a speech
151RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
171RA6Rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds, noun/verb; or make someone nervous, worried, or irritated
161RA7Machine gun sound
181RO4Plant anchor that sucks up water
211RO5Device or blade that spins
191RO6Phone with dial, adj., or int’l service org (… Club)
201RO7Move in a circle around an axis or center
221RO7Prince or king adj. + adv. (“… flush” in poker)
201RO8Move in a circle around an axis or center
231TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
261TA4Asian veg that sounds like next word
281TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
241TA5Add up (keep a running …, or …–Ho! The quarry is in sight)
251TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
271TA5Fortunetelling cards
311TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
281TA6Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
291TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
301TA6Skin “ink”
321TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
331TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
341TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
351TO4Bull, Spanish
361TO4Legal wrong, NOT pastry
371TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
371TO7The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
381TR4Use it to carry drinks
401TR4Fast walking pace for horses or people
411TR4Helen of “The Iliad” home, or oz. for gold & gems
391TR5Monster who lives under a bridge, or online forum troublemaker
421TY4Newbie, from Latin “recruit”
431VO4Unit of electric potential (110 … socket)
441VO6Person who has made vows of dedication to religious service

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.