Bee Roots for 2022-05-31

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: C/AJLORU
  • Words: 31
  • Points: 133
  • 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, ...)
11AC7Make provision for a charge at the end of a financial period for work that has been done but not yet invoiced
21AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
41CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
81CA4Fetus head covering membrane, or ♀ hat
31CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
51CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
71CA5Actress Burnett with a variety show, or a Xmas song
61CA8Caribbean veg dish
91CL6Combo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
101CO4“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
111CO41st part of popular soda brand name
131CO4Pepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
161CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
121CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
151CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
171CO5Reef building marine invertebrates, a deep pink hue, or a sea off Australia
141CO6Cloth or leather strip a dog or cat wears around its neck
191CO6Animal pen, or “O.K...” gunfight site
181CO7Small Toyota sedan, or the inner ring of flower petals
201CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
211CU4Remove unwanted from the herd
231CU4Cause to form into a curved or spiral shape, especially hair, verb/noun; or a weight lifting exercise to develop the biceps
221CU7Dutçh Çaribbean island, or blue liqueur with bitter orange peel
241JO7Humorous, pangram adj. (in a … mood)
261LO4Crazy, Spanish
251LO5From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
271OC5Happen, exist, or come to mind (it never …-ed to me)
281OC6Medical adj., of or connected with the eyes or vision; remove 1st letter of pangram
301OR4Killer “whale”
291OR8Priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity (the … at Delphi)
311RO6Ornamental decorative style

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.