Bee Roots for 2022-04-30

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: E/BLMNOW
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 156
  • 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, ...)
11BE4Past participle of “to exist” (“How have you … doing?”)
21BE4It rings
31BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
61BE5Underneath (“Look out …!”)
51BE6Make a roaring shout; singular of “I Dream of Jeannie” doc
41BE7Porters, hotel ♂ (plural) who carry bags in response to a ding sound (compound)
71BL4What the wind does, or what you do to extinguish birthday candles
101BO4Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
91BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert similar to above
111BO5(Usually plural) intestine, or the deepest area of something
81BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
121BO6Archer; compound made from his main tool and ♂
131EB4Black, poetic; and/or black wood (“… & Ivory”)
141EL5Arm joint, or macaroni shape
151EM6(Heraldic) symbol or badge (of a nation)
301EN7Aristocrat, aristocratic, or righteous, NOT a Peace Prize from Oslo
161LE5Yellow citrus fruit, or CNN anchor Don
171LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
181LO4Solitary (… wolf, e.g.), adj.
221ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
231ME4Office note abbr.
241ME4Cat sound, noun/verb
251ME4make a high-pitched crying noise, verb/noun
191ME5Confusing scuffle
211ME5Cantaloupe or honeydew, e.g.
201ME6Easygoing (personality), or pleasantly smooth (sound or taste)
261MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
271NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
281NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
291NE5Supporting post on a staircase or railing
331NO4Xmas time, or playwright Coward
341NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
301NO5Aristocrat, aristocratic, or righteous, NOT a Peace Prize from Oslo
311NO8♂ from a social class just below royalty; compound
321NO10♀ from a social class just below royalty; compound
351OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
371OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)
381WE4Hole in ground you draw water from
401WO5♀, plural
391WO6Teeter, as an uneven table
411WO6Warm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.

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.