Bee Roots for 2022-05-07

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/AEILMT
  • Words: 73
  • Points: 388
  • Pangrams: 3

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
61AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
52AC6Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
31AC7Enthusiastic public praise
51AC7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
41AC9Become accustomed to new weather or new conditions
71AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
101CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
121CA4Tranquil (mood, wind, “the…before the storm”)
131CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
161CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
81CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
111CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
141CA5Humped desert animal
191CA6Cows & bulls (…prod)
91CA7Mineral that’s the principal component of marble; similar to milk nutrient mineral
171CA7Feline ♂ whistle or jeer at passing ♀ (compound)
181CA7Domestic feline hind appendage, or reed (compound)
151CA8Flowering Asian shrubs or trees; primary tea source
211CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
231CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
201CE6Gluten intolerance disease
221CE8Convict who shares your room in jail, compound
251CI4Quote as evidence
241CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
271CL4“Happy as a...” bivalve shellfish
261CL5Assert, an assertion, or a request (… asylum, baggage …)
281CL5Spike on sports shoes
311CL5Literary term for a region with ref. to prevailing weather (sunny…, e.g.), NOT scale a ladder
291CL7Prevailing weather conditions in an area
291CL8Prevailing weather conditions in an area
301CL9The most intense, exciting, or important point of a story; or orgasm, noun/verb
321EC5Stylé, brilliancé, conspicuous succéss; Frénch for “splintér” or “sparklé”
331EC8Wide-ranging tastes, styles, or ideas; adj.
341EL5Vote into office
351EL6Draw out a response, verb
341EL7Vote into office
371EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
381EM6Med that induces vomiting
361EM8Cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin
391IC6Frozen water spear from drips
401IL5Hip bone
491IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
411IT6𝑆𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦
421LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
451LA6Milk adj. (think acid in yogurt or sore muscles)
431LA7Produce milk, verb (breastfeed a baby)
441LA7Capillary that absorbs fat in the small intestine
471LA7Structure such as a pie top crust with strips of dough, e.g.
481LI4Itchy hair parasites
491LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
501LI5Purple flower or shade
511MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
521MA5Sour-tasting acid, or apple adj. (from Latin)
531MA6Desire to do evil (Paul Newman “Absence of …” film)
541ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
551ME8Hard but malleable material such as iron, steel, bronze, etc
561MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
571MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
591MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
581MI7Imitative behavior, adj. (related to above & below words)
621TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
651TA4Mineral in baby powder
601TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
611TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
631TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
641TA7Perceptible by touch, adj.
631TA8Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
661TI7Small songbirds; plural; starts with “breast” slang & ends in “3 blind” rodent

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.