Bee Roots for 2022-04-26

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/AEGMPX
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 196
  • 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, ...)
201AG6Shine brightly, especially with reflected light, verb/noun
11AL4Pond scum
12AL5Pond scum
21AL6Claim without proof
31AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
51AM5Plentiful, adj. (her…bosom)
41AM7Mixture or blend (Ag/Hg dental fillings, e.g.)
81AP51 of these fruits a day keeps the doctor away
61AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
71AP6Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
71AP8Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
91AX4Figure skating jump
101AX4What your car's wheels are attached to
111EA5A bald one is the national bird
131EX5Kick out, or breathe out air
121EX7Something that illustrates a general rule
131EX8Kick out, or breathe out air
151GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
161GA4Strong wind storm
171GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
141GA6A “herd” of geese
181GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
191GL4Movie star beauty & style; or women’s magazine
211GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
201GL5Shine brightly, especially with reflected light, verb/noun
221LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
231LA4Disabled or weak; esp. foot or leg, causing a limp
241LA4Illuminating device
251LA5Jacket edge that’s folded back
261LE4Forceful jump (of faith?), noun/verb
271LE5Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
281LE5Math term for intermediate or helping theorem in a proof
291LL5S Am camel
301MA4♂, the sex that produces sperm
311MA4Shopping mecca
331MA5Tree with sap used for syrup
321MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
341ME4Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
361ME5Confusing scuffle
351ME8Lots of movie theaters under one roof, pangram
391PA4White-faced, NOT a bucket
401PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
411PA4Underside of hand, or coconut tree (2nd syllable of above)
421PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
431PA5Pontiff adj.
371PA6Spanish rice, saffron, chicken, and seafood dish
381PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
441PE4Repeated bell ringing or laughter
451PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
461PL4Urgent request (Mercy!), or court statement of guilt or innocence

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.