Bee Roots for 2022-06-15

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/ACEHLN
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 149
  • 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, ...)
11AL4Pond scum
12AL5Pond scum
21AL6Claim without proof
31AN5Harp-playing winged heaven resident, or Xmas tree topper
41AN5They can be acute, right, or obtuse
51CA4Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
71CH6Make something different (… your mind, … your clothes), or loose coins (spare …)
61CH9Dispute the validity of (…the election result), or invite to a contest (I … you to a duel), pangram
81CL5Make a ringing sound (Judy Garland “…, …, … went the trolley”)
91EA5A bald one is the national bird
101EL8Graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
51EN6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
111EN6Commit to marry (with an …-ment ring)
121GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
141GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
161GA4Strong wind storm
171GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
191GA4Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
201GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
131GA6A “herd” of geese
181GA7Chocolate & cream icing
151GA8Asian plant of the ginger family, widely used in cooking and medicine
221GE4DNA sequence that determines traits, or singing cowboy Autry
211GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
231GH4Indian clarified butter
271GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
281GL4Narrow valley, or Eagles singer Frey
241GL5French for “ice,” or coat fruit with sugar syrup to look “icéd”
261GL5Gather info from various sources, or take leftover grain after a harvest
251GL6Take a brief or hurried look (parting …)
301HA4What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
291HA6Dispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something
311HE5Prehistoric circular monument (Stone…)
321LE5Law adj. (not forbidden by law)

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.