Bee Roots for 2022-06-06

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: A/CEHKPY
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 114
  • 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, ...)
12AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
151AP5Walk back & forth anxiously
32CA4Baked dessert, often with layers and icing; traditional birthday party fare
41CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
21CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
31CA5Baked dessert, often with layers and icing; traditional birthday party fare
51CH4Become dry or sore (e.g., lips), verb; guy, fella (British)
61CH5Inexpensive, adj. + something that's inexpensive, slang
71EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
81HA4Cut with rough or heavy blows; use a computer to gain unauthorized access, verb/noun
91HA4Maori ceremonial dance
101HA4Large-headed elongated fish with long jaws and strong teeth
111HA5Pleased (“Don’t worry, be …”)
121HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
131KA510th Greek letter, popular in frat & sorority names
141KA5Small canoe, usually used with a double-bladed paddle
151PA4Walk back & forth anxiously
161PA4Throw clothes into a suitcase, verb
171PA4Father, slang
201PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
211PA5Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
181PA6Office or reign of the Pontiff
191PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
221PA8Salary, wages, in a document, not cash (pangram, compound)
251PE4Mountaintop, noun; or reach a highest point (the song …-ed at number 3)
241PE5Juicy fruit
251PE5Mountaintop, noun; or reach a highest point (the song …-ed at number 3)
241PE6Juicy fruit
261YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins
271YE4Informal affirmative reply

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.