Bee Roots for 2022-06-24

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: M/AENPTV
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 158
  • 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, ...)
11AM4Prayer-ending word
22AP6Tarzan the …
31AT7Make an effort to achieve or complete something, verb/noun
41EM7Flow or originate from (warmth from a fireplace, e.g.)
51EN5Rectal wash (Fleet, e.g.)
61MA4♀ parent, slang
81MA4Hair on a horse or ♂ lion’s neck
111MA4Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
61MA5♀ parent, slang
91MA5Exodus food from the sky
101MA5Ray (fish)
121MA5Dull finish on paint or photos
131MA5Someone with deep knowledge of a subject who likes sharing their knowledge
71MA7Florida creature AKA “sea cow”
141ME4The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
151ME4Animal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
161ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
171ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
191ME4Beyond prefix, greek
201ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
141ME5The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
181ME6Experienced and trusted adviser, usually an older person
211NA4What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
221NA8Cloth strip sewn into clothing to identify the owner (compound made from what you're called and narrow strip of material)
231PA5S Am treeless grassland
241PA6Cent. Am. country with a canal & hat
251PA8The hard surface of a road or street, pangram
262PE6Archaic for writer; compound made from “ink stick” & ♂
271TA4Not wild, adj./verb
281TA4Pack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
291TE4Group of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; … up, verb
311TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
321TE4Office worker fill-in, slang abbr.
331TE5Entice (as a donut to a dieter, e.g.), verb
301TE8A fellow player in the same group, compound
341TE8Set of rooms within a house, or cheap multi-family bldg.
351VA4Blatantly set out to attract, verb/noun; or the upper front part of a boot or shoe

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.