Bee Roots for 2022-06-21

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: B/DEGIOT
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 184
  • 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, ...)
21BE4Borscht veg
42BE5Father, verb (archaic, Biblical)
51BE5Pale sandy yellowish-brown color
11BE6Furniture you sleep on
61BE6Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
61BE7Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
71BI4Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
111BI4Use teeth to cut into food (take a … out of the apple)
71BI5Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
81BI5French bathroom fixture
101BI5Deeply prejudiced person
91BI6Opposite of small
101BI7Deeply prejudiced person
131BO4Be an omen of a particular outcome
171BO4Breast, slang
201BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
131BO5Be an omen of a particular outcome
161BO5Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
121BO6Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
141BO6Your physical structure, or car frame
151BO6Wet muddy ground too soft to support something heavy; become stuck in such a place, verb (negotiations …ed down)
181BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
191BO6Dance to fast pop music (…down), slang; or a style of blues played on the piano with a strong fast beat
201BO6Cowboy or winter shoe
212BO6Baby foot covering
191BO7Dance to fast pop music (…down), slang; or a style of blues played on the piano with a strong fast beat
231DE4Money you borrowed
221DE5Entry recording an amount owed
221DE7Entry recording an amount owed
241DO6Marijuana cigarette, slang
251EB5Recede, especially
261GI4Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
261GI5Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
271OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
281OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
291TI6Small piece of tasty food or gossip

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.