Bee Roots for 2022-05-03

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: L/CDIOTY
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 172
  • 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, ...)
11CL4Lump of earth, or dunce (slang insult)
21CL4Lump of blood that stops bleeding or circulation
31CL4Sicken with sweetness
51CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
61CO4Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a…)
91CO4Young ♂ horse
101CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
71CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
111CO5Reluctant to give details, especially about something regarded as sensitive
61CO6Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a…)
101CO6“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
41CO7Supplement that amends a will
81CO7In anatomy, a gelatinous substance; in chem., a mixture that doesn’t settle & can’t be separated
121CY6Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
151DI4Pickle spice
141DI5Phallus-shaped sex toy
161DI5Excellent example (that was a … of a game)
131DI6Worthless amount (… squat), or guitarist Bo
191DO4Small human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
211DO4Stupid person
181DO5Ornamental lace mat
201DO5Move on a mobile platform, for example a movie camera
171DO8Tame, adj.
221IC5Frozen water
231ID4Not doing anything
241ID4Punk rocker Billy; “American …” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
251ID4Extremely happy scene or poem
251ID5Extremely happy scene or poem
251ID7Extremely happy scene or poem
261IL4not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
271IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
271IL9Not forbidden by law or custom
281LI4Singsong accent
291LI4Monet floral subject (water …)
271LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
271LI7Not forbidden by law or custom
301LO4Crazy, Spanish
311LO4A particular point or place
321LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
331LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
341LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
351OD5Opposite of even (math); unusual
361OI4Viscous liquid used for lubrication, noun/verb; (food) a fat that's liquid at room temperature
371OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
391TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
401TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
381TI6Neatly arranged, adj.; or neaten up, verb
411TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
421TO4Informed, notified, related a story; past tense verb
431TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
441TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box

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.