Bee Roots for 2022-06-27

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/CDIONT
  • Words: 29
  • Points: 161
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
41CO5Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
11CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
21CO7Behavior, noun (disorderly …); or lead an orchestra, verb; or allow electricity to flow, verb
31CO7A tube for electric wiring; perfect pangram noun
21CO10Behavior, noun (disorderly …); or lead an orchestra, verb; or allow electricity to flow, verb
61CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary
81DO5Ring-shaped fried cake, modern spelling
91DU4Air conduit in a home or building (dryer …), or tube in a body (tear …)
101DU5Shoulder-shrug non-response to a question; “I have no idea”; slang
111IN6Admit someone to an organization (they were …ed into the Hall of Fame)
121IN6TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
111IN9Admit someone to an organization (they were …ed into the Hall of Fame)
121IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
131NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
141OU5One-up, surpass, compound verb
141OU6One-up, surpass, compound verb
151TO4Promote, or offer horse racing tips
191TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond
171TU5Upper body garment in a uniform or in ancient Greece & Rome
181TU5All together, musically (Italian); Little Richard “Wop bop a loo bop” song
161TU7College fee
201UD4Japanese noodles
71UN4Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)
231UN4Something whole on its own but part of larger thing (apartment, Army squad, e.g.)
241UN4Archaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “For … us a child is born”)
51UN5Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement, verb/noun
71UN5Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)
221UN5Labor org. (Teamsters, AFL-CIO); or in math, what you get from putting sets together
211UN7Priestly anointing with oil; “extreme” on deathbed

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.