Bee Roots for 2022-05-30

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: B/DEMNOT
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 196
  • 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, ...)
21BE4Past participle of “to exist” (“How have you … doing?”)
31BE4Borscht veg
41BE4Shape into a curve, or Oregon city
51BE4Crooked, adj., or past tense verb for something un-straightened
61BE5Japanese lunchbox; add a vowel to end of above
11BE6Furniture you sleep on
81BO4Be an omen of a particular outcome
91BO4It explodes, noun/verb
121BO4Agent 007, Brit spy James
131BO4Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
171BO4Breast, slang
191BO4Sound of explosion or subwoofer
201BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
211BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
81BO5Be an omen of a particular outcome
101BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert similar to above
131BO5Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
161BO5Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
71BO6Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
91BO6It explodes, noun/verb
111BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
121BO6Agent 007, Brit spy James
141BO6Hat tied under chin, or Britspeak for car hood
151BO6Small ape related to chimps
181BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
191BO6Sound of explosion or subwoofer
211BO6Cowboy or winter shoe
221BO6Baby foot covering
231BO6String of connected hijacked computers that send spam & launch attacks
241BO6Underside, or slang for ass
241BO8Underside, or slang for ass
251DE4Money you borrowed
131DE6Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
131DE7Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
271EB4Black, poetic; and/or black wood (“… & Ivory”)
261EB5Recede, especially
281EM5Plant into (e.g., wartime journalist in a combat unit)
281EM8Plant into (e.g., wartime journalist in a combat unit)
321EN6Burial vault (Who’s in Grant’s …?)
321EN8Burial vault (Who’s in Grant’s …?)
321EN10Burial vault (Who’s in Grant’s …?)
291MO6Large crowd of disorderly people
301NO4Beginner, gamer slang
311OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
321TO4Burial vault (Who’s in Grant’s …?)

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.