Bee Roots for 2022-06-28

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: W/ADILNT
  • Words: 22
  • Points: 69
  • 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, ...)
111AW5Delay until a particular time or until something happens (… for it)
11DA41st appearance of light in the sky
21LA4Area of short, mown grass in a yard, garden, or park
31NI6Stupid person, compound rhyming insult
41TA8Moving air, coming from behind an aircraft, compound pangram
81TW4Identical bro or sis
91TW4Silly person (also, start of a social media platform name)
51TW5Archaic word for two, or writer Mark
71TW5Textile weave with diagonal parallel ribs
61TW6Sun’s glow below horizon at dawn & dusk; or Bella, Edward, & Jacob vampire movie
101WA4Loud, unhappy sound of babies & banshees, NOT a humpback
111WA4Delay until a particular time or until something happens (… for it)
121WA4Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
131WA4What a magician, wizard, or TSA agent waves
151WA4Have a desire to possess or do something
161WA4Unit of electric power
141WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
171WI4Feral, adj. (… animals); not tame
191WI4Last … & testament, or actor Ferrell
201WI4Droop, as a plant, or NBA’s Chamberlain
211WI4Natural movement of air, noun, or what you do to tighten the spring on a wristwatch
181WI8Area that is uncultivated or unfit for cultivation, compound made from opposites of tame and sea

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.