Bee Roots for 2022-05-04

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: C/AGINPR
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 234
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Wikipedia (by Tinelot Wittermans)

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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
31AC5Get a top grade on a test
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
41AR6Part of the circumference of a circle or other curve, noun; or electric discharge between electrodes, noun; move with a curving trajectory, verb
51AR61 of 2 classes in a tarot pack (major & minor), a mystery or deep secret, or specialized knowledge, noun
61AR6Yellow daisy used to treat bruises
151CA4Gefilte fish source, noun; or to complain (… about), verb
81CA5Pile of commemorative stones, or terrier (dog) breed
121CA5Tropical “lily”
161CA5Group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand
71CA6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
101CA6Leggy French danceOpposite of occupied
111CA6Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
141CA6Feel concern or interest, verb/noun
91CA7Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
131CA7Put a lid or cover on something; or provide a fitting climax or conclusion
151CA7Gefilte fish source, noun; or to complain (… about), verb
181CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
191CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
201CR4Steep or rugged cliff or rock face, Celtic
231CR4Excrement, or something of extremely poor quality, noun/verb
221CR6Scientific name for skull
211CR7Large, tall machine used for moving heavy objects, noun; stretch out one's body or neck in order to see something, verb
231CR8Excrement, or something of extremely poor quality, noun/verb
241CR8Bend the head and/or body in fear or in a servile manner
251GR7Simple elegance or refinement of movement, noun; Honor someone with your presence, verb
261IC5Frozen water
271NA4Drug cop, slang
281NI6Vitamin B3
301PA5Lose your cool in a crisis (at the disco?)
291PA6Walk back & forth anxiously
311PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
321PI6Outdoor dining on a blanket (from a basket?)
341PR7Penis adj.: resembling one, relating to ♂ sexuality, or having a persistently erect one; from Greek mythology
351PR7How much something costs, noun/verb
331PR8Move with high springy steps (said of a horse)
361RA6Grouping of people based on shared physical characteristics (regardless of …, creed, or color)
381RI5Poison from castor beans, NOT a pilaf grain
371RI6Swamp grass which is widely cultivated as a source of food, especially in Asia, noun; or force cooked potatoes or other vegetables through a sieve, verb

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.