Bee Roots for 2022-05-15

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: M/ADEITV
  • Words: 68
  • Points: 302
  • 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, ...)
11AD5Fess up, or let in
11AD8Fess up, or let in
21AI5Point at a target
31AM4Surrounded by, preposition
51DA4Title given to a woman equivalent to the rank of knight (… Olivia de Havilland)
41DA6Structure that holds back a river, noun/verb (beavers construct small ones)
61DA6Slang exclamation of frustration (“… Janet” song in “Rocky Horror”); should have an N instead of a doubled central consonant; compound; condemn something to hell
71DE4Consider (I … it a great success)
81DE5Extremely obscure formal verb from French meaning “to resign from an office or position”
71DE6Consider (I … it a great success)
81DE8Extremely obscure formal verb from French meaning “to resign from an office or position”
111DI4Coin worth 10 cents
91DI6Jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty
101DI6Faintly lit, adjective/verb
131ED5Medical term for swelling
121ED7Green soybeans boiled or steamed in their pods
141EM4Give off (radiation, signals)
141EM7Give off (radiation, signals)
151IM4Prayer leader at mosque
161IM7Copy someone’s speech or mannerisms
161IM8Copy someone’s speech or mannerisms
161IM9Copy someone’s speech or mannerisms
171IM9Occurring right this instant (…gratification); or nearest in relation (only…family allowed), adj.
181IT4One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
211MA48 of them were milking in a Xmas carol
221MA4Permanently injure
231MA4Assemble (Please…dinner tonight; I’m too tired) or force (Oh yeah?!), verb
241MA4♀ parent, slang
261MA4Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
191MA5Term of respect for a ♀, or one who runs a brothel; palindrome
241MA5♀ parent, slang
261MA5Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
271MA5Dull finish on paint or photos
201MA6Form of address to a French-speaking woman (… Bovary)
221MA6Permanently injure
251MA6Tangle something, especially hair, in a thick mass, verb (the present tense is too short to be a Bee word)
281ME4Alcoholic drink made from honey
291ME4Animal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
331ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
341ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
351ME4Beyond prefix, greek
371ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
301ME5Mass communication
341ME5Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
371ME5Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
311ME7Intervene between people in a dispute; arbitrate
311ME8Intervene between people in a dispute; arbitrate
321ME8Think deeply (while doing yoga & chanting “Om”?)
361ME8Info about a computer file (author, size, when it was created, etc.), compound noun
321ME9Think deeply (while doing yoga & chanting “Om”?)
321ME10Think deeply (while doing yoga & chanting “Om”?)
381MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
391MI4Silent performer
401MI4Tiny tick, or very small amount (I'm a … testy today)
411MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
391MI5Silent performer
421TA4Not wild, adj./verb
421TA5Not wild, adj./verb
431TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
441TE4Group of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; … up, verb
471TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
441TE6Group of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; … up, verb
471TE6Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
461TE7Britspeak for the early afternoon hour when you serve a steeped beverage, compound (NOT a golf reservation)
451TE8A fellow player in the same group, compound
481TI4What clocks measure & display
481TI5What clocks measure & display
491TI5Lacking courage or confidence, adj. (… as a mouse)

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.