Bee Roots for 2022-07-01

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: G/EINQTU
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 248
  • 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, ...)
11EG6What baby birds hatch from
21EN6Car motor
31GE4DNA sequence that determines traits, or singing cowboy Autry
61GE4♂ counterpart to “lady,” slang abbr.
41GE5Lives in a lamp, grants wishes
51GE5Someone who is exceptionally intelligent or creative
101GI5Lively Renaissance or Baroque folk dance (French); starts with term for a temp job (… economy) & ends with the 2 silent final letters in 1 of those eras
91GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
111GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game
121GU7Lethal weapon; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …), noun/verb
131GU7Stomach or belly, noun; or take out the intestines of a fish before cooking, verb
141IG6Catch fire, or cause to do so
141IG8Catch fire, or cause to do so
161IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
151IN7Naive young ♀ in a play or film (French)
171IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
181NE7Open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals, noun/verb
191NU6Small breaded chicken serving, or gold ore chunk
211QU7Line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn, noun/verb, from French for tail
201QU8♀ monarch, noun + past (chess) verb (2 words)
211QU8Line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn, noun/verb, from French for tail
221QU8Opposite of loud, adj./verb
231QU8Give up
241TE6Short stick that holds up a golf ball
251TE7Shelter you sleep in while camping
261TI5Color slightly (…ed with pink), verb/noun
261TI7Color slightly (…ed with pink), verb/noun
271TI7Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
261TI8Color slightly (…ed with pink), verb/noun
291TU6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
281TU7Pull hard, verb; or a boat that pushes ships around a harbor
301TU7Make an exclamation expressing disapproval or annoyance
311UN7A salve, noun
321UN7Bring together
291UN8Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts

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.