Bee Roots for 2022-06-01

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: N/AEHOPY
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 128
  • 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, ...)
11AE4Geologic time period, spelled with an æsc; “… Flux” anime
31AN4Soon, poetically
21AN5Irritate, vex, irk
41AN6Informal, humorous subject-changer after an interruption or diversion; compound
51AN6Unspecified person, “nobody” antonym; compound
61AP5Sleep breathing disorder
81HE5Hair or temp. tattoo dye
91HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
101HO5Sweet bee syrup
111HY5Scavenging, laughing wild dogs
121HY6Punctuation between compound words (dog-friendly, e.g.)
131NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
141NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
161NA4Scruff of the neck
151NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
171NE4Tide with least difference between low & high water
181NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
191NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
201NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
211NO412:00, midday, 🕛
221NO4Slang negation
231OP4Pull on a door handle to gain admittance, verb + adv. (publicly)
251PA4Single sheet of window glass
241PA5Song of praise or triumph
261PA8Booth where you drop coins to make calls, or where Superman changes clothes; compound pangram
281PE4Backside of a hammer
311PE4Low-ranking worker, drudge
291PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
301PE51¢ coin
321PE5Flower with name similar to 1¢ coin
271PE6♀ of a bird with showy plumage
331PH5Device to make calls (tele…)
341PH5Record player, slang abbr.
351PH5Fake, or imposter
361PO4Unleavened cornbread, often Southern or Native American
371PO4Yankee Doodle went riding into town on this small horse breed

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.