Bee Roots for 2022-04-29

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: M/ACINOP
  • Words: 49
  • Points: 223
  • 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, ...)
21AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
11AM5Protein building block acid, or a NH₂ group, noun
41AM5Slang abbr. for a prenatal test that takes fluid from a uterus with a needle, noun
31AM7Smelly cleaning fluid, NH₃; starts with above, noun
51AN5Jungian term for inner ♀ part of ♂
71CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
81CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
91CA4Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
101CA5Grass plain with occasional stunted trees
61CA6Alligator with name similar to British Caribbean islands (George Town) (alt spelling is the same)
111CI8Aromatic spice made from the peeled, dried, and rolled bark of a Southeast Asian tree
121CO4Prolonged unconscious state
161CO4Provide for free (entry ticket, hotel room, drinks), slang abbr.
131CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
141CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
151CO6Ordinary, or shared (in …), adj.
171CO9Someone who goes along with you (traveling …), pangram noun
181IM4Prayer leader at mosque
191MA4Permanently injure
201MA4Primary (Street), adj.
211MA4♀ parent, slang
211MA5♀ parent, slang
232MA5Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
241MA5Exodus food from the sky
221MA6Wealth that’s an evil influence, per the New Testament & Milton
231MA6Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
251MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
271MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
261MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
301MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
311MI6Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
321MI6Underling, as seen in “Despicable Me”
281MI7Small, handheld video-capturing device used by TV reporters, starts with above
291MI8Special abbreviated training camp for football players held usually in the spring or early summer
331MO4Sound of pain or sexual pleasure (Harry Potter’s ghost “…-ing Myrtle”)
341MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
351MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
211MO5♀ parent, slang
231MO9Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
231MO10Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
361NI10Silly-sounding long word for a fool or idiot; ends in list word
371NO6Military slang abbr. for a senior enlisted person (sgt., e.g.) expressed as a negation
381PA5S Am treeless grassland
391PA6Cent. Am. country with a canal & hat
401PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
411PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “… & Circumstance March” at graduations)
431PO6Cheerleader accessory
421PO7Marine game fish, or “...Beach,” city N of Ft. Lauderdale

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.