Bee Roots for 2022-06-19

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: C/AEGIMN
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 228
  • 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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
41AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
51AC4Teen facial zits
31AC5Get a top grade on a test
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
61AN6Fatigue due to red blood cell shortage
71CA4Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
91CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
101CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
131CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
151CA5Tropical “lily”
71CA6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
81CA6Alligator with name similar to British Caribbean islands (George Town) (alt spelling is the same)
121CA6Leggy French danceOpposite of occupied
131CA6Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
141CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
111CA7Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
161CI6Place they show movies
171EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
171EM8Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
181EM8Renowned (scholar); used with “domain” to mean gov property grab
71EN6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
71EN8Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
191IC5Frozen water
202IC6♂ who delivers frozen water, one “Cometh” in O’Neill play, "Top Gun" pilot
211IM9About to happen (… demise, e.g.), adj.
221MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
231MA5Card tricks & illusions, noun/adj. (…wand); add a letter to end of above + performer (David Copperfield, e.g.) (2 words)
241MA5Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
221MA6Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
241MA6Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
231MA8Card tricks & illusions, noun/adj. (…wand); add a letter to end of above + performer (David Copperfield, e.g.) (2 words)
251ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
261ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the…)
261ME8Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the…)
271MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
281MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
291MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
301MI5Chop finely
301MI7Chop finely
311MI7Small, handheld video-capturing device used by TV reporters, starts with above
331NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
341NI5Your sibling’s daughter
321NI6Vitamin B3

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.