Bee Roots for 2022-06-11

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/ADEILZ
  • Words: 64
  • Points: 307
  • 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, ...)
11AD5Saying or maxim (the old…)
21AG4How old you are, noun; or grow older, verb; or period of history, noun
31AG5Able to move quickly and easily
191AG5Stare intently
41AL4Pond scum
42AL5Pond scum
51AL6Claim without proof
51AL7Claim without proof
321DE7Fit window panes, or overlay with a shiny coating
321DE8Fit window panes, or overlay with a shiny coating
61EA5A bald one is the national bird
61EA6A bald one is the national bird
71ED4A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
71ED5A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
81EG4Archaic exclamation of surprise
91EG5What baby birds hatch from
101EL7Poem that’s a lament for the dead
101EL8Poem that’s a lament for the dead
131GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
151GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
161GA4Strong wind storm
171GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
181GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
191GA4Stare intently
191GA5Stare intently
111GA6go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment
121GA6Choke or retch, verb; or material placed over someone's mouth to prevent them from speaking or crying out, noun/verb
141GA6A “herd” of geese
171GA6Liver secretion, or bold behavior
201GA7Swift African & Asian antelope
211GE4Milder form of “Jesus!” (slang exclamation)
231GE4Castrate (a horse), present + past (2 words)
241GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
251GE5Icy, or extremely cold, literary adj.
221GE6Thick, clear, slightly sticky substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products, noun; or become more solid, verb; or take a definite form, verb
231GE6Castrate (a horse), present + past (2 words)
281GI4Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
291GI4Fish breathing organ
261GI6Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
271GI6Silly laugh; verb/noun
281GI6Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
291GI6Fish breathing organ
271GI7Silly laugh; verb/noun
301GL4Pleased, delighted
331GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
341GL4Nervous system connective tissue “cell,” (anagram of venomous lizard “monster”)
311GL5An open space in a forest; or a brand of air freshener
321GL5Fit window panes, or overlay with a shiny coating
351GL5What an engineless plane does (hanging optional), or dental floss brand
321GL6Fit window panes, or overlay with a shiny coating
351GL6What an engineless plane does (hanging optional), or dental floss brand
391IL7Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
361LA6Fall behind, verb/noun
371LE5Narrow, projecting cliff “shelf,” or window sill
391LE5Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
381LE6Body part that connects the rest of you to your feet
391LE8Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
391LE9Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
401LI5Feudal superior (“Yes, my …”)
411ZA6Sharp change of direction; usually the second part of a compound for a path with multiple sharp changes of direction
421ZI6Sharp change of direction; noun/verb
431ZI6Path with multiple sharp changes of direction; compound adj./verb
431ZI9Path with multiple sharp changes of direction; compound adj./verb

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.