Bee Roots for 2022-06-25

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: U/FGHLOT
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 105
  • 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, ...)
21FL5Openly disregard (… the rules), verb
31FL5Dryer lint, noun, or what you do to a flat pillow (… up)
41FO4Pollute, or make an out of bounds or illegal sports play (he hit a … ball)
11FO6Violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons, noun/verb
51FU4Japanese toxic pufferfish that’s carefully prepared before eating
61FU4At capacity (I can’t finish the meal, I’m …), adj.
71GH5Evil spirit, esp. one who robs graves & feeds on dead bodies
81GL4Drink or pour liquid & make a hollow sound, verb
91GL4Excess of supply in relation to demand, noun
101GO4Swollen foot disease from excess uric acid; Ben Franklin had it
111GU4Foolish talk (think start of a loud, boisterous laugh) (She doesn’t take … from anyone)
121GU4Deep sea inlet with narrow mouth (… of Mexico, Persian …)
131GU4Noisy shore bird
141HU4Fit of petty annoyance
151HU4Base of ship, or skin of nuts
161LO4Uncouth & aggressive ♂, noun
171LU4Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
181LU4Doozy, or “To Sir With Love” singer
191OU5Should or probable (to), verb
211OU5$ spent, to a CPA, literal opposite of “income”; or, in gerund form, extroverted
201OU9Defeat, compound made from opposite of in + violent struggle
221OU10Use your brain better than someone else, comparative verb, compound made from opposite + what your brain does
231TH4Archaic singular “you” (“Romeo, wherefore art …”)
241TH6Despite the fact that, or however; conjunction or adv. (al-…)
251TH7Idea or opinion, noun (here’s a…); or used your brain, past tense verb
261TH10Contemplative, or considerate, pangram adj.
281TO4Bean curd
301TO4Promote, or offer horse racing tips
291TO5Difficult (“… break, kid”) or durable adj.
311TU4Clump of hair that sticks up
321TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond

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.