Bee Roots for 2022-06-03

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: O/CINTUY
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 166
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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, ...)
41CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
81CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
11CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
61CO5Ice cream holder shape
101CO5Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
31CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
91CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
111CO6Shire in the UK, Kings for Brooklyn, Clark for Las Vegas, Broward for Ft. Lauderdale
21CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
51CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
91CO7Soft fabric or its plant source
51CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
71CO10Keep going, or restart after an interruption
121CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary
131IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
131IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
141IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
151IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
161IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
171NO412:00, midday, 🕛
191NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
181NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
211ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
201ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
201ON6Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
231TO4Broadway award, or Maj. Nelson on "Jeannie"
241TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
251TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
261TO4Promote, or offer horse racing tips
221TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin
271TU7College fee
281TY6Wealthy, powerful industry mogul (oil); F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Last …” unfinished novel
311UN4Archaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “For … us a child is born”)
301UN5Labor org. (Teamsters, AFL-CIO); or in math, what you get from putting sets together
291UN7Priestly anointing with oil; “extreme” on deathbed

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.