Bee Roots for 2022-06-14

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: P/ILMTUY
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 123
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
11IM5Suggest without saying, verb
21LI4Walk with a bad leg, verb; or soggy noodle adj.
31LI5Body part with which you kiss
21LI6Walk with a bad leg, verb; or soggy noodle adj.
41LU4What you get on your head after being struck, noun + adj. (unstirred cake batter, e.g.) (2 words)
41LU5What you get on your head after being struck, noun + adj. (unstirred cake batter, e.g.) (2 words)
51MU8Perform a math operation (6 x 6 = 36, e.g.), pangram verb
61PI4Tablet of medicine
71PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
101PI4Feeling of sorrow for someone who’s had misfortunes, noun or verb (Mr. T: “I … the fool ...”)
91PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
111PL4Juicy fruit; when dry it’s a prune
121PL5Polite way of saying “fat”
121PL7Polite way of saying “fat”
131PU4Hungarian herding dog with dreadlocks
141PU4Tug on, verb
151PU4Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice
171PU4Device for putting air in tires or gas in cars, or slang for high-heeled shoe
201PU4Hit a golf ball gently on the green
151PU5Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice
181PU5Student, or black dot at center of eye
191PU5Young dog
211PU5(Silly?) paste used to seal window glass
161PU6Raised Christian preaching stand
231TI5The end of a pointed thing, noun; money given for good service, noun/verb
241TU5Dutch flower grown from a bulb
251UP5Illuminated from below (flags, statues, or buildings at night, e.g.)
221UP6Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
261UP6Often-racist adj. meaning “not staying in one’s proper place,” or snooty & arrogant

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.