Bee Roots for 2022-06-07

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: I/ACDMRT
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 228
  • 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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
31AC4Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
41AC5Strong & unpleasant taste or smell, adj.
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
31AC6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
61AD5Fess up, or let in
51AD6Someone who’s hooked on drugs
71AM4Surrounded by, preposition
101AR4Opera solo
111AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
91AR6North Pole adj. (… Circle or Ocean)
81AR7Region or scene of simple pleasure or quiet, city near LA, or mountainous southern region of Greece
121AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
131AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
151CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
141CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
161CA7Heart, medical adj. (… arrest)
181CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
191CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
171CI6Noisy 17–year insect
201CI6Tree genus that includes lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, or the fruit of those trees
211CR6Fault-finder (“everyone’s a …”), or arts & dining reviewer
221DA6Slang exclamation of frustration (“… Janet” song in “Rocky Horror”); should have an N instead of a doubled central consonant; compound; condemn something to hell
241DI5(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
251DI6Person over-inclined to instruct others
251DI8Person over-inclined to instruct others
231DI9Accent or other pronunciation mark on a letter, NOT a fault-finder
271DR8Serious or exciting play, show, film, or events (Don’t be such a … queen!)
281IM4Prayer leader at mosque
301MA48 of them were milking in a Xmas carol
311MA4Permanently injure
291MA9Nut used in candy from Hawaii
321MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
341MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
361MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
351MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
331MI6Location descriptor of plane “collision” that occurs in the sky
381RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
371RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
391RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
401TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
411TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
421TA6Japanese rich, naturally fermented soy sauce
431TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
441TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
451TI5Lacking courage or confidence, adj. (… as a mouse)
481TR4Neaten (hair) by snipping off ends
461TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
471TR5Group of 3

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.