Bee Roots for 2022-05-26

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: I/ADNOPR
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 219
  • 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, ...)
11AI7Apple wireless pic & doc transfer protocol, noun; or release supplies from a plane, verb (compound)
141AN5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
21AN7Metal support for fireplace wood (firedog)
31AN7Non–Apple phone OS, or humanoid robot (do they dream of electric sheep?)
41AP5Bee-related adj.
51AR4Opera solo
61AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
81DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
71DI5Arab $, not supper
101DR4Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
91DR5What sink water goes down
111DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
121IN6Not outside
131IN6Progress (make), usually plural noun, contains street synonym
151IR4Element Fe (atomic number 26), or hot clothes presser, noun/verb
161NA5Lowest point, rock-bottom, depths; or below the observer in astronomy
171NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
181NO4“Black” in French; or dark mystery genre (film …)
191NO4Edible seaweed, eaten either fresh or dried in sheets
281NO7Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
201ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
221OP6Drug class with a current epidemic (OxyContin, e.g)
211OP7Belief or judgment (“In my humble …)
231OR6Make someone a priest
241PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
251PA4Twosome (socks, aces, e.g.)
281PA4Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
261PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
272PA8“They’re out to get me!”
291PI5Liberace’s instrument
301PI6Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
311PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
321PO5Small platform for speeches or awarding Olympic medals
331PR5Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
371RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
381RA4Liquid precipitation
401RA4Hindu queen, anagram of liquid precipitation
351RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
361RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
411RA5Swift, as in “transit,” adj., or river whitewater (plural)
341RA6Unit of angular measure of a ○
421RA6Broccoli rabe
391RA8Single unit of above (they “Keep Falling on My Head”), compound pangram
431RI4Tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus
441RI8(Legal) relating to or situated on the banks of a river

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.