Bee Roots for 2022-05-22

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: H/ABGINT
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 184
  • 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, ...)
11BA4Thai $
21BA4Shower alternative
21BA7Shower alternative
31BI5Curve in a coastline, or a loop of rope (… of Benin or Biafra), noun
61HA4What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
91HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
41HA5Nun’s garment, or tendency (chewing your nails is a bad…)
101HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
81HA6Dislike intensely, verb/noun
51HA7Natural environment for animal or plant, Pres. Carter’s “… for Humanity”
61HA7What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
71HA7Head covering
111HI4Greater than normal (… definition TV), or stoned (… as a kite), adj.
131HI4Clue, suggestion, noun/verb
121HI7Door fastener to frame that lets it swing open & closed, noun/verb
131HI7Clue, suggestion, noun/verb
141HI7Strike with a hand, tool, or weapon, verb/noun; popular song or movie
151IN7Occupy or live in (Emperor penguins … cold climates)
161IN7Hinder, restrain, or prevent (cold weather …s plant growth
152IN10Occupy or live in (Emperor penguins … cold climates)
161IN10Hinder, restrain, or prevent (cold weather …s plant growth
171NI4Near, archaic (“Repent, the end is …!”)
181NI5Opposite of day
191NI5Ordinal number: last baseball inning, or Beethoven’s choral symphony featuring “Ode to Joy”
201TA6Middle Eastern sesame seed paste or sauce
211TH4Comparison word (bigger … a breadbox)
221TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
241TH4Skinny, adj. (… Mints)
231TH5Part of leg between hip & knee
251TH5Unnamed object, noun (person, place, or …)
241TH8Skinny, adj. (… Mints)
261TI5Having no slack (all my pants have become too … since the lockdown started), adj.
271TI7Give 10% of your income to the Church

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.