Bee Roots for 2022-06-04

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: G/CEHINW
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 185
  • 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, ...)
11CH7Crunch, grind, or gnaw with your teeth
21CH8Bottom of face, noun; or raise it above a bar in a pull-up, verb
31CI8Easy task (it’s a …), noun; or tighten up (belt or saddle, e.g.), verb
41EG6What baby birds hatch from
51EN6Car motor
61GE4DNA sequence that determines traits, or singing cowboy Autry
71GE5Lives in a lamp, grants wishes
81GE5Someone who is exceptionally intelligent or creative
91GH4Indian clarified butter
101GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
111GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game
121HE5Prehistoric circular monument (Stone…)
131HE6Chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with a tool such as an axe
151HI4Greater than normal (… definition TV), or stoned (… as a kite), adj.
161HI5Door fastener to frame that lets it swing open & closed, noun/verb
141HI6Go quickly (archaic)
161HI7Door fastener to frame that lets it swing open & closed, noun/verb
171IC5Frozen water
191IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
181IN71/12 of a foot, noun; or move slowly, verb
201NE5Horse sound
201NE8Horse sound
211NI4Near, archaic (“Repent, the end is …!”)
221WE5Put something on a scale to determine heaviness
221WE8Put something on a scale to determine heaviness
231WH7Long, high-pitched complaining cry (“You want some cheese with that…?”)
281WI4What birds, bats, & planes use to fly
271WI6Fermented grape juice, (Merlot, e.g.), noun/verb
241WI7Head covering made of hair
251WI7Be victorious in a game or battle
261WI7Slight grimace caused by pain
281WI7What birds, bats, & planes use to fly

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.