Bee Roots for 2022-04-13

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: G/INOQTU
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 274
  • 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, ...)
11GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
21GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game
41GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
51GO4Thug, noun
71GO4Swollen foot disease from excess uric acid; Ben Franklin had it
31GO5leave; move from one place to another
41GO7Orchestra chime or dinner bell
61GO7Make a groove with a sharp tool; overcharge (figurative)
81GU7Lethal weapon; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …), noun/verb
91GU7Stomach or belly, noun; or take out the intestines of a fish before cooking, verb
102IG8Catch fire, or cause to do so
111IN5Bar of precious metal
121IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
131IN8Recite with little rise & fall of pitch (the minister …-ed the prayer)
141IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
151NO6Head, slang (use your…), noun
161NO6What you pass to someone in class, or ♪ in music
31ON7leave; move from one place to another
171OU5$ spent, to a CPA, literal opposite of “income”; or, in gerund form, extroverted
181OU6Have better or more weapons (pistols), or surpass in power, verb + gerund
191OU6Day trip, or revealing that someone’s gay, gerund
171OU8$ spent, to a CPA, literal opposite of “income”; or, in gerund form, extroverted
181OU10Have better or more weapons (pistols), or surpass in power, verb + gerund
201QI6Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi
221QU7Repeat something written or said by another person exactly, verb/noun
211QU8Give up
231TI7Color slightly (…ed with pink), verb/noun
241TI7Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
271TO4Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural (or used as a verb)
261TO6Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
301TO6Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, verb
251TO7Clothes (informal, usually plural), noun; or get dressed up, verb
271TO7Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural (or used as a verb)
291TO7Short horn sound; noun/verb
311TO7Promote, or offer horse racing tips
281TO8Mouth muscle
331TU6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
321TU7Pull hard, verb; or a boat that pushes ships around a harbor
341TU7Make an exclamation expressing disapproval or annoyance
351UN7Bring together
331UN8Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts

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.