Bee Roots for 2022-05-28

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: L/CEMOPX
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 99
  • 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, ...)
11CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
21CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
41CL4Sound of a horse’s hooves on a hard surface
31CL5Walk with a heavy tread, verb
71CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
51CO6Force someone to do something
61CO7Not simple, or group of similar bldg on same site, pangram
81EL5Run away to marry
91EX5Microsoft spreadsheet program
101EX5Kick out, or breathe out air
101EX8Kick out, or breathe out air
111LO4Crazy, Spanish
121LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
141LO4Cloth weaving device
151LO4Closed curve
161LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
131LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
171ME5Confusing scuffle
181MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
191MO4Mobster’s ♀
211PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
221PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
231PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
241PO4What a firefighter slides down
251PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
261PO4Croquet on horseback
291PO4Swimming venue
271PO6Large Asian grapefruit
281PO6Extra seat on a horse or bike saddle, knob on a sword; or gymnastics “horse”

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.