Bee Roots for 2022-04-22

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: L/AIOTVY
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 170
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia (Just plain Bill - Own work)

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, ...)
11AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
51AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
61AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
121AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
21AL5Put (fears) at rest
31AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
41AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
71AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
281AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
81AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
91IL4not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
111LA4Molten rock from a volcano
101LA5Non-cleric + non-clerical
131LI4Singsong accent
141LI4Monet floral subject (water …)
151LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
161LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
171LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
181LO5Faithful, devoted
182LO7Faithful, devoted
191OI4Viscous liquid used for lubrication, noun/verb; (food) a fat that's liquid at room temperature
201OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
211OV4Shape of a running track or 🥚, from Latin for “egg”; noun + adj.
221TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
231TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
261TA4Ankle bone
251TA5Add up (keep a running …, or …–Ho! The quarry is in sight)
241TA6Fringed prayer shawl
271TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
281TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
291TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
301TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
311TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
321TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
321TO7The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
321TO8The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
331VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
351VI46–stringed upright Renaissance fiddle
341VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
361VI5Modern fiddle smaller than cello, cross-dressing twin lead of “Twelfth Night,” or actress Davis
371VI5Essential, or lively (… signs)
371VI7Essential, or lively (… signs)
371VI8Essential, or lively (… signs)
401VO4Unit of electric potential (110 … socket)
381VO5French exclamation (et …) “here it is!”
391VO10Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse (the market has been … lately)

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.