Bee Roots for 2022-05-14

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: D/AILNVY
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 182
  • 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, ...)
11AV4Eager for or enthusisatic about (… reader)
11AV6Eager for or enthusisatic about (… reader)
21DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
31DA5Move slowly, or have casual sex with
41DA5Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
51DA524-hour period
41DA7Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
61DA7Monet’s fav flower, one that lasts only 24 hrs.
71DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
91DI4Pickle spice
121DI4Famous female opera singer; self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please
101DI5Excellent example (that was a … of a game)
131DI5Long low sofa without a back or arms
141DI5Break into parts for sharing (… up the proceeds)
81DI6Worthless amount (… squat), or guitarist Bo
111DI10Waste time (compound)
151DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
161ID4Not doing anything
171ID4Extremely happy scene or poem
171ID5Extremely happy scene or poem
181IN6Not on the coast
191IN6Decorate something by embedding pieces of a different material in it, flush with its surface
271IN7Having a sound basis in logic or fact; legally binding
271IN9Having a sound basis in logic or fact; legally binding
201LA4♀ counterpart of gentleman ("… & the Tramp")
211LA4Alight on the ground, verb/noun
231LA4Put something down
221LA8♀ who owns your apartment (compound)
241LI5Furiously angry
241LI7Furiously angry
251NA4Nothing, Spanish
261NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
271VA5Having a sound basis in logic or fact; legally binding
281VA6Person who deliberately destroys or damages property (named for a Germanic people that sacked Rome)
271VA7Having a sound basis in logic or fact; legally binding
291VI5Meat, seafood, or vegetable dish that accompanies rice in a typical Filipino meal
301VI5Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind (a … memory); or, of a color, intensely deep or bright
301VI7Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind (a … memory); or, of a color, intensely deep or bright

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.