Bee Roots for 2022-04-23

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: P/EILNUV
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 115
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
11EP4Fencing sword
21LI6Police suspect group, or what you do when waiting your turn, compound
31LU6Wolf adj.
51NI6Teat that babies suck on
41NI7Bowling variation with 1 target less than standard; compound
61PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
71PE4Backside of a hammer
81PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
91PE5Annoy or irritate
121PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
111PE6♂ sex organ
131PI4Heap, stack (dirty laundry, raked leaves, etc.), noun/verb
151PI4Tablet of medicine
171PI4Evergreen tree with cones, noun; or to long for, verb
191PI4Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
181PI5Poster of a sex symbol ("model" or "girl"), or how you tack it to the wall
141PI6Crash involving several vehicles, or accumulation (of work, e.g.), compound
211PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
201PI8Tube that transports oil & gas, compound
221PL4Ballét bénd
231PU4Literary for “whimper” (usually ends in –ING)
241PU4Hungarian herding dog with dreadlocks
251PU4Tug on, verb
261PU4Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice
271PU5Student, or black dot at center of eye
101UN5Tool for writing with ink, noun/verb
161UN5Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
131UN6Heap, stack (dirty laundry, raked leaves, etc.), noun/verb
281VE4Vice president (informal)
291VU7Fox adj., pangram

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.