Bee Roots for 2022-06-22

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: E/BILMOZ
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 163
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: HuffPost

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, ...)
11BE4It rings
21BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
31BE5Grooved ring holding the glass or plastic cover of a watch face or other instrument in position
141BE5Be in a horizontal resting position, or say something false
51BI4Liver secretion, or anger
41BI5Holy book (starts with Genesis)
61BI5Large community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, for example forest or tundra
81BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert similar to above
91BO5Alcohol, especially hard liquor
71BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
111EM6(Heraldic) symbol or badge (of a nation)
101EM8Steal money you were trusted with
121IM6Drink (alcohol) (formal)
251IM8Able to move freely or easily, adjective/noun
251IM10Able to move freely or easily, adjective/noun
151LI4Small green citrus fruit
131LI5Printed slander, noun
131LI7Printed slander, noun
161LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
181ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
191ME4Office note abbr.
201ME4Mediterranean appetizer platter
171ME5Confusing scuffle
201ME5Mediterranean appetizer platter
211ME5Voice between soprano and alto
221MI45,280 feet, or 1.6 km
231MI4Silent performer
241MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
261MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
251MO6Able to move freely or easily, adjective/noun
251MO8Able to move freely or easily, adjective/noun
271OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
291OL5Skateboard jump, or Stan’s slapstick partner
301OO4Slowly trickle or seep out, verb/noun
311ZO6Walking corpse, or a mixed drink with several kinds of rum or liqueur

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.