Bee Roots for 2022-06-10

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: T/AFGHRU
  • Words: 25
  • Points: 83
  • 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, ...)
11AR5Buddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
21AT5Flower oil for perfume
31AU5Archaic word for anything at all
41FA4Pass gas
51FR4College brotherhood abbr. (… boys)
61FR7Filled with or likely to result in something undesirable (marketing a new product is … with risk)
71GR5Botanical or human transplant surgery, noun/verb; or bribery & corruption, noun
81HA4Part of spear, axe, or knife you grip (1970s NYC crime film series with catchy theme song, but missing initial S)
91HA4♂ deer, not ♥
101HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
111HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
121HU4Injure(physically or emotionally), verb/adj.
131RA4Flat “boat” used by Huck Finn & Jim
141RA6Untidy, disorganized, or diverse (group), compound adj.; starts with old cloth
151RA7Machine gun sound
161TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
181TA4Not slack, as a rope, adj.
171TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
191TA6What professors do
201TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
221TR5Honesty (“… or dare”)
231TU4Clump of hair that sticks up
241TU4Grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots
251TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond

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.