Bee Roots for 2022-04-27

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: F/CEIONT
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 241
  • Pangrams: 4

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, ...)
41CO4Style someone’s hair, verb/noun
21CO6Hot drink from roasted & ground beans; you might get some at Starbucks
31CO6Burial box
91CO6Duck or other meat cooked & preserved in its own fat, French
51CO7Make something by putting together various elements
81CO7Restrict in space, scope, quantity, or time (jailed, e.g.)
71CO8Small pieces of colored paper thrown during a celebration
61CO10Dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients
11CO11Numerical or constant quantity placed before and multiplying the variable in an algebraic expression
101EF6Result of an action (cause & …)
111EF6Pretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
121EF9Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
151FE4Honor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
251FE4What you cover with a sock
131FE5Deceptive movement in sports (esp. swordplay), not "keel over"
141FE5Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
171FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
181FI4Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
201FI4Impose a $ penalty (the judge …ed him $100 for speeding)
211FI6Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
221FI6“Done” in Italian
161FI7Book with made-up stories
191FI7Quinceañera age
231FO4Center of interest or activity, noun; adjust a camera to get a clear image, verb
241FO4Type face; in some churches, it holds water for baptism
251FO4What you cover with a sock
251FO6What you cover with a sock
261FO8Piece of information printed at the bottom of a page, noun/verb, compound
281IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
271IN6Pass on a disease to someone
211IN8Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
271IN9Pass on a disease to someone
121IN11Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
211NO9Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
161NO10Book with made-up stories
291OF6White-collar workplace with desks
311TI4Petty quarrel, or computer image format
321TO6Hard, buttery candy found in a Heath Bar

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.