Bee Roots for 2022-07-02

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: P/ACILOT
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 334
  • Pangrams: 6

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, ...)
21AL6S Am mammal similar to but smaller than a llama
11AL7Word for a sweet, fizzy alcoholic drink
31AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
481AP10Relating to public affairs, or Dem. or Rep. parties; perfect pangram adj.
601AT4Opposite of bottom
61CA4Mafia boss, or moveable bar on a guitar
41CA7City where government is located (Washington, DC, Albany, Sacramento, etc.)
51CA7Bldg. where Congress meets, perfect pangram
71CA7“Cigar tree”
91CL4Device to hold things together (paper or hair …)
101CL4Sound of a horse’s hooves on a hard surface
111CO4Chicken pen, noun; or confine in a small space, verb (… ed up)
121CO5Usually hyphenated verb: take for your own use or for another purpose
381CO7Airplane driver
131LA6Portable computer
141LI4Fat-sucking procedure, abbr.
171LO4Closed curve
161LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
151LO8Sucking candy on a stick
191OC6Aquatic animal with eight arms
181OC9Relating to the back of the head (… lobe), pangram med. adj.
201OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
211OP5Relating to the eye (… nerve), med. adj.
211OP7Relating to the eye (… nerve), med. adj.
221PA4Formal agreement, treaty (don’t make one with the Devil)
231PA4Bucket, NOT white-faced
271PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
281PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
291PA4Father, slang
301PA5Pontiff adj.
321PA5Outdoor terrace adjoining a house, from Spanish (…furniture)
241PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
251PA7Roof of the mouth
311PA7Small rounded bump on body part such as tongue (from Latin)
261PA8Resembling a royal residence (Buckingham?); spacious & splendid, adj.
331PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
371PI4Tablet of medicine
401PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
361PI5One of a series of small ornamental loops forming an edge on ribbon or lace
381PI5Airplane driver
391PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
341PI7Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley, & butter (chicken or veal …)
351PI7½–sized flute
411PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
431PL4Construction map; omit end vowel in dish synonym
441PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
451PL4Scheme, noun or verb (Roth’s “The … Against America”); or storyline in fiction
421PL5Hair braid, noun/verb
501PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
511PO4Croquet on horseback
521PO4Swimming venue
531PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang
461PO5Disease that put FDR in a wheelchair
471PO7(Of an action) seeming sensible & judicious under the circumstances, or relating to public affairs (body …), adj.
491PO8Slang derogatory term for an elected member of government, or name of a media company that covers them
481PO9Relating to public affairs, or Dem. or Rep. parties; perfect pangram adj.
561TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
571TA7Cassava root starch used in pudding & boba tea balls
591TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition) (compound)
581TI7Common bland-tasting fish
621TO5Subject of a discussion (his ears must have been burning because he was the current … of conversation)
611TO7Lightweight jacket, or final layer of paint; compound, ends in list word
621TO7Subject of a discussion (his ears must have been burning because he was the current … of conversation)

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.