Bee Roots for 2022-04-17

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: H/ACEILM
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 126
  • 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, ...)
11AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
21AH4Throat-clearing, attention-getting sound
31CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
41CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
81CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
101CH5Girl, Spanish
131CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
141CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
151CH5Percussion instrument or its sound (I find a tinkling wind … to be annoying), noun
111CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2X fashionable)
121CH6Milky latex of the sapodilla tree, used to make chewing gum & start of a square gum brand name
51CH7Large cup or goblet, typically used for drinking wine
61CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
71CH8Substance produced in a lab (“My … Romance” rock band), pangram noun
161CL6Phrasé that’s overused
171EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
181HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
201HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
211HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
191HA5Kosher in Islam
221HE4Recover from injury
231HE4Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
261HE4Satan’s domain
271HE4Ship steering wheel, steer a ship, or Medieval protective hat
281HE4Iron-containing biological compound (in blood, e.g.)
251HE7Spiral or corkscrew shape (DNA is a double …)
241HE8Relating to or near the sun
291HI4What Jack & Jill went up
311LE4Womanizer, derogatory slang abbr., or Polish president Wałęsa
301LE5Dissolve out by percolating liquid, verb; or “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin
321LE5Bloodsucking worm, noun; habitually exploit or rely on, verb
331MA8Hawaiian double name for the dolphinfish or dorado

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.