Bee Roots for 2022-05-18

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: N/CFILOT
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 222
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11CL6Medical facility (health …)
41CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
51CO5: (punctuation mark), or intestine
71CO5Ice cream holder shape
21CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
31CO6Burial box
81CO6Duck or other meat cooked & preserved in its own fat, French
111CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
51CO7: (punctuation mark), or intestine
61CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
91CO8Serious disagreement or argument, noun/verb
101CO9Debutante ball
61CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
141FI6“Done” in Italian
121FI7Book with made-up stories
151FL5Michigan city with tainted water, or stone that makes sparks
161FO4Type face; in some churches, it holds water for baptism
171IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
171IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
191IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
201IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
131IN6Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
181IN7Cause something unpleasant to be suffered by someone (injuries, damage)
181IN10Cause something unpleasant to be suffered by someone (injuries, damage)
211IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
221LI4Dryer fluff
231LI4Roaring “… King” animal that travels in a pride
241LO4Sex organ region of body (fruit of my …s); anagram of “… King” animal
251LO4“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
261LO6Moisturizing or suntan cream
281NO412:00, midday, 🕛
291NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
271NO91 followed 30 zeroes; Latin 9 prefix
121NO10Book with made-up stories
301OC91 followed 27 zeroes; Latin 8 prefix
321ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
311ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
351TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
331TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
341TI7Thin metal sheet for wrapping leftovers or making hats for conspiracy theorists, compound
371TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
361TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin

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.