Bee Roots for 2022-06-30

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: V/ABEILN
  • Words: 48
  • Points: 218
  • 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, ...)
181AL5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
11AN5Heavy block for metalworking
21AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
31AV5Bird-related adj. (… Flu, e.g.)
21AV9Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
51BE5Sloping edge in carpentry & stonework, noun or verb
41BE7accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of
41BE10accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of
61BI7Aquatic mollusk that has a compressed body enclosed within a hinged shell, such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops
71EA4Roof overhang, NOT Adam’s mate
81EL6Hour before noon
181EN7Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
91EN8Jealousy, noun/verb
101EV4Number that can be divided by 2 without a remainder, or flat & smooth; adj.; or to make or become that (… out the edges)
111EV4Wicked (ELO’s “… Woman”, Santana's "… Ways")
121LA4Molten rock from a volcano
141LE5Depart, verb
161LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
171LE5Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
151LE6Cause to rise, as bread with yeast
181LI4Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
181LI5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
181LI7Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
181LI8Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
211NA4Central part of a church building
191NA5Showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment
201NA5Seafaring military force, adj., not belly button
221NA5Belly button
231VA4Conceited (Carly Simon “You’re So …”)
241VA4Low area of land between mountains (… of Tears)
261VA4Device that shows wind direction
251VA5Device that controls passage of fluid or air (shut-off …, heart …)
271VA7Flavor from beans of white (plain…) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
271VA8Flavor from beans of white (plain…) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
281VE4Calf meat (… Parmesan)
291VE4Bride’s face covering
301VE4Tube that returns blood to the heart
311VE5Corrupt (susceptible to bribery), adj.
321VE6Catholic minor forgivable sin, adj.
341VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
351VI4A person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others
361VI4Despicable, NOT a small glass container; adj.
401VI4Climbing plant (Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grape…”)
371VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
331VI6Capable of working successfully/feasible; (biology) capable of surviving or living successfully
381VI7Bad guy in a story
391VI1019–stanza poem made up of five tercets (3 stanzas) followed by a quatrain (4 stanzas), with two repeating rhymes and two refrains, from French

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.