Bee Roots for 2022-04-16

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: F/AELNTU
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 257
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AF8Having plenty of money; wealthy
21AL7Grass for hay, or Little Rascal
31EF6Pretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
41EF8Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea
61FA4Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
91FA4Destiny, kismet, 1 of 3 Greek goddesses who determine yours
111FA4Roman ½ human ½ goat, not a young deer
81FA5Deadly, adj. (“… Attraction” film)
101FA5Earth fracture where quakes happen (San Andreas…), or weakness; noun
121FA5Animals of a particular region, adj. (flora & …)
61FA6Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
71FA6Natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies
122FA6Animals of a particular region, adj. (flora & …)
51FA7Fried chickpea balls often served in pita
91FA7Destiny, kismet, 1 of 3 Greek goddesses who determine yours
131FE4Achievement requiring great courage, skill, or strength (no easy …), noun
141FE4Perceive by touch; or experience (emotion)
151FE4Cut or knock down (a tree or opponent, e.g.)
181FE4Cloth made by rolling and pressing wool with moisture and/or heat
201FE4Soft Greek goat cheese, cubed when served
211FE4Honor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
381FE4What you cover with a sock
161FE5♂, slang (young or little …)
231FE5Unborn offspring of a mammal, more advanced than an embryo
191FE6Veg & seed used in cooking, esp. Italian
221FE6Condition, noun (in fine…); rhymes with whistling teapot
171FE7Perform oral sex on a ♂, verb
241FL4Caramel-topped custard
261FL4Having no depth or height (… as a pancake), or ♭ in music (opposite of ♯)
311FL4Hopping insect whose bites cause itching in dogs & cats
321FL4Run away from danger, NOT a bug that causes itching
341FL4Chimney duct, NOT a seasonal illness
331FL5Group of ships sailing together, noun; or enema brand; or able to run fast (… of foot)
361FL5Dryer lint, noun, or what you do to a flat pillow (… up)
371FL5High-pitched wind instrument (Mozart's opera The Magic …); or tall thin glass for champagne
291FL6Display in an ostentatious way, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance
301FL6Rolled tortilla resembling a shrill wind instrument, or the instrument in Spanish
351FL6Able to express oneself easily, especially in a language that is not your first (she is … in three languages)
251FL7Soft-woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised; stereotypical Canadian shirt is made of this
261FL7Having no depth or height (… as a pancake), or ♭ in music (opposite of ♯)
271FL8Collapsed arch on your sole; cop nickname; reason to get out of the military draft, compound
281FL9Suffering from buildup of gas in the digestive system that can lead to abdominal discomfort; farting a lot
391FU4Gasoline or oil, e.g., noun; or add it to a tank (… up)
401FU4At capacity (I can’t finish the meal, I’m …), adj.
411FU6Pouring aid that’s wide at top & narrow at bottom, noun; or guide something through something else
421LE4Nissan electric car; 4 of these on a clover is lucky
441LE4←; remaining (only 1 cookie …); or departed
431LE7Flier passed out on the street, or to pass them out
451TA7Fine lustrous silk with crisp texture used for formal gowns
471TU4Clump of hair that sticks up
461TU6Footstool or low seat (where Little Miss Muffet sat)
481TU7Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
181UN6Cloth made by rolling and pressing wool with moisture and/or heat
481UN9Sync 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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.