Bee Roots for 2022-04-28

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: A/KLOTUW
  • Words: 22
  • Points: 81
  • 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, ...)
31AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
11AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
21AL5Permit, verb
41AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
51AU4Car, abbr., or “self” prefix
71KO4Small African tree with nuts that flavor Pepsi
61KO5Tree climbing marsupial “bear”
81LU4Hawaiian BBQ
91OU6Someone who has done something illegal, especially one who remains at large, noun; or make something illegal, verb
101OU7Overcome in speaking or argumentation; compound made from opposite of in plus speak
111TA4Speak (… to the hand!)
121TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
151TA4Not slack, as a rope, adj.
131TA6Animal fat rendered for candles or soap
141TA6Skin “ink”
161TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
171WA4Travel on foot, verb/noun (… don't run)
191WA4Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
211WA4Unit of electric power
221WA4Give a loud plaintive cry like that of a cat; better known as part of cater…
201WA6Roll around in mud, or indulge "in" emotion (misery, self-pity)
181WA7Sudden angry departure, especially as a protest or strike

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.