Bee Roots for 2022-06-16

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: C/EILNOX
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 177
  • 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, ...)
11CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
22CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
41CL5Identical (genetic) copy, or make one, noun/verb
31CL6Medical facility (health …)
71CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
81CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
141CO4Ice cream holder shape
151CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
51CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
91CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
121CO5: (punctuation mark), or intestine
141CO5Ice cream holder shape
61CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
111CO6“Lassie” dog breed
101CO7Irish term for a young ♀
121CO7: (punctuation mark), or intestine
131CO7Military rank between major & general (Hogan & Klink, e.g.)
171EX4Corp. bigwig abbr.
161EX5Microsoft spreadsheet program; or be exceptionally good at something
161EX10Microsoft spreadsheet program; or be exceptionally good at something
191IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
181IC6Frozen water spear from drips
191IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
201IN7Tend toward or feel favorably disposed toward, verb; or slope, noun
221IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
241LE7A vocabulary or dictionary, pangram
231LE8Merciful, not strict (as a judge or parent, e.g.)
251LI4Itchy hair parasites
261LO4Crazy, Spanish
271LO4A particular point or place
281NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
291NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
301NI5Your sibling’s daughter
311NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
321OL5Oil adj. (… acid), from Latin for oil
331ON4A single time (they deliver … a week)

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.