Bee Roots for 2022-06-12

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: H/AELONT
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 195
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AL5Hawaiian greeting
21AT7Person proficient in sports
41ET6Two-carbon chain
41ET7Two-carbon chain
61HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
71HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
81HA4Nimbus (ring of light or glowing cloud) atop a saint, or Xbox shooter game
91HA4Come to a complete & sudden stop, verb
101HA4Dislike intensely, verb/noun
111HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
51HA5Kosher in Islam
121HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
131HE4Recover from injury
151HE4Warm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
181HE4Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
191HE4Satan’s domain
161HE5Candy bar with toffee & milk chocolate, actor Ledger, or British field
211HE5Phone greeting
221HE5Hair or temp. tattoo dye
141HE6Physical well-being (in sickness & in …)
171HE7Infidel; pagan; outside any widely held religion
201HE8Satan’s pit; an oppressive or unbearable place; compound noun
231HO4Golf ball target (get a …-in-one)
241HO4Otter den
251HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
261HO4Owl sound
271HO5Place to stay when traveling (Eagles “… California”)
281LA4Flat strip of wood, often plastered as wallboard
291LA5Wood-shaping machine, noun/verb
301LE6Fatal (“… Weapon” films)
311LO5Reluctant (to), adj.; often confused with verb ending in E meaning “hate”
311LO6Reluctant (to), adj.; often confused with verb ending in E meaning “hate”
31NE5Under; below (drop the first syllable for a dated literary form)
301NO9Fatal (“… Weapon” films)
321OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
331TE5What you use to chew, plural
371TE5Between nine and eleven
341TE6When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
361TE8Very long TV program, usually to raise money for a charity
351TE10Medical care over the phone or video chat
381TH4Comparison word (bigger … a breadbox)
401TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
411TH4Archaic form of “you”
421TH4At that time, or next; adv. (not always, but every now & …)
391TH5Feudal lord, ranking between an ordinary freeman and a hereditary noble
431TH58th Greek letter, Θ
441TO5What you chew with

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.