Bee Roots for 2022-06-18

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: F/AEILNT
  • Words: 71
  • Points: 327
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
11AF7Legal term for someone who swears to a statement of fact
21AF9Officially attach or connect to an organization, verb/noun
31AL7Grass for hay, or Little Rascal
41AN6Left-wing protest group used as a scapegoat by the right
51EF6Pretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
61EL5Small, delicate, impish; as a Keebler worker, adj.
71FA4Don’t pass a test
101FA4Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
141FA4Destiny, kismet, 1 of 3 Greek goddesses who determine yours
81FA5Lose consciousness, verb; or barely perceptible, adj.
131FA5Deadly, adj. (“… Attraction” film)
101FA6Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
121FA6Natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies
91FA7Fried chickpea balls often served in pita
111FA7With a backend in the shape of a device for moving air, compound (… pigeon)
151FE4Achievement requiring great courage, skill, or strength (no easy …), noun
161FE4Perceive by touch; or experience (emotion)
191FE4Cut or knock down (a tree or opponent, e.g.)
221FE4Cloth made by rolling and pressing wool with moisture and/or heat
241FE4Soft Greek goat cheese, cubed when served
251FE4Honor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
511FE4What you cover with a sock
171FE5Deceptive movement in sports (esp. swordplay), not "keel over"
201FE5♂, slang (young or little …)
271FE5Unborn offspring of a mammal, more advanced than an embryo
181FE6Cat adj.
231FE6Veg & seed used in cooking, esp. Italian
261FE6Condition, noun (in fine …); rhymes with whistling teapot
211FE7Perform oral sex on a ♂, verb
281FI4Italian car brand (part of Chrysler), formal decree, or arbitrary order
291FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
301FI4Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
321FI4Folder of related papers, or tool for smoothing edges (fingernails, e.g.), noun/verb
351FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
371FI4Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
331FI5Remove the bones from (fish), verb; or cut of meat, noun
361FI5Last one (… exam, “… Countdown”)
331FI6Remove the bones from (fish), verb; or cut of meat, noun
341FI6Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
361FI6Last one (… exam, “… Countdown”)
381FI6Ornament at end or top of an object
391FI6Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
311FI7Quinceañera age
411FL4Caramel-topped custard
431FL4Having no depth or height (… as a pancake), or ♭ in music (opposite of ♯)
461FL4Hopping insect whose bites cause itching in dogs & cats
471FL4Run away from danger, NOT a bug that causes itching
501FL4Move swiftly & lightly, as a bird, e.g. (… about)
401FL5Swing (arms) wildly
481FL5Group of ships sailing together, noun; or enema brand; or able to run fast (… of foot)
491FL5Michigan city with tainted water, or stone that makes sparks
421FL7Soft-woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised; stereotypical Canadian shirt is made of this
431FL7Having no depth or height (… as a pancake), or ♭ in music (opposite of ♯)
441FL8Collapsed arch on your sole; cop nickname; reason to get out of the military draft, compound
451FL8Die (informal), compound made from opposite of bumpy + straight path between two points
351IN6Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
521IN6Baby, noun
531IN7Fill with air; make something appear larger than it is
391IN8Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
521IN9Baby, noun
541LE4Nissan electric car; 4 of these on a clover is lucky
561LE4←; remaining (only 1 cookie …); or departed
561LE6←; remaining (only 1 cookie …); or departed
551LE7Flier passed out on the street, or to pass them out
571LI4Cereal Mikey prefers, board game, or “death” antonym
591LI4Raise up (fork…), not Uber competitor
581LI8What a palm reader checks to see when you’ll die, or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” friend assistance (compound)
601NA4Inexperienced person (from French)
611TA7Fine lustrous silk with crisp texture used for formal gowns
621TA7Flat appendage at the end of the body of an aquatic animal (compound)
631TI4Petty quarrel, or computer image format

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.

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