Bee Roots for 2022-04-14

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: O/EHMNTW
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 161
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Eastside Audubon

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, ...)
11EM5Ham it up as an actor
21HO4Where you live
41HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
51HO4Owl sound
31HO8City where you’re from, compound pangram
71ME4Office note abbr.
81ME4Cat sound, noun/verb
61ME7Souvenir in English; or 2000 thriller about an amnesiac (Guy Pearce)
101MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
141MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
151MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
161MO4Speck of dust
181MO4Drab butterfly
201MO4Cut grass or a crop
121MO53–card … con game
131MO5February is the shortest one
171MO5Short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic & unaccompanied
191MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
91MO6Very brief period of time (“I’ll be with you in just a …”)
111MO8Sound that is unchanging in pitch (“She spoke in a … that put me to sleep”)
211NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
221NE6Unit of force named after Sir Isaac …, or fig cookie
241NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
261NO412:00, midday, 🕛
271NO4What you pass to someone in class, or ♪ in music
231NO5Used, especially in jocular or dialectal speech, to emphasize a negative
251NO5Group of 9 (musicians)
281OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)
291ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
301TE5Projecting piece of wood attached to a mortise
311TO4Large, heavy book
321TO4Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
341TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
351TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
371TO4Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, verb
401TO4Place smaller than a city & larger than a village
331TO51,000 kilograms, UK spelling
361TO5What you chew with
381TO5Symbolic object (… pole)
391TO6N Am sparrow named for its call; starts with “haul away a car”
411TO8Posh term for a row house; compound pangram; mirror image of other pangram
421WH4Personal pronoun, when used as an object
441WO4Literary noun & adj. for “custom” (as was her..., he was…to), or contraction of “will not”
471WO4Slang exclamation of elation, or Amazon daily deals site
431WO5♀, plural
451WO6Chinese dumpling (… soup)
461WO6Rhyming exclamation of excitement or joy (Homer Simpson)

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.