Bee Roots for 2022-07-03

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: B/AONTUY
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 203
  • 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, ...)
31AB4Be next to; share a common border
11AB5Head monk, perhaps at Downton
21AB5Regarding, preposition
41AT7Slang 3–word contraction: exclamation of encouragement or congratulations; ends in young ♂
51BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
121BA5What you use to hit the ball in games such as baseball or cricket; flying mammal
141BA5Thin stick used by a conductor or passed in a relay race
151BA5Southern (think Cajun) marshy outlet of a lake or river
61BA6Large monkey with red butt
91BA6Common yellow plantain variety
101BA6Indian “strangler” fig tree
111BA6African tree
131BA6Young ♂ who tends the Yankees’ equipment, esp. sticks; compound
161BO4Small ship, as in “tug-”
171BO4Taiwan sweet tea with gelatin pearls
191BO4Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
221BO4Breast, slang
251BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
261BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
301BO4Short period (… of insomnia or depression, e.g.), or wrestling or boxing match
201BO5Scottish “attractive” lass, or Prince Charlie adj.
241BO5Seabird with colorful feet, or gag "prize"
271BO5Stolen goods (pirate or war …), or slang for ass (shake your …)
181BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
211BO6Small ape related to chimps
231BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
281BO6Study of plants
291BO6Reward for capturing a fugitive (…hunter), paper towel brand, or “Mutiny on the …” ship
331BU4Tap a baseball instead of swinging
341BU4Anchored float serving as a navigation mark, noun + pangram adj. (able to stay afloat) (2 words)
361BU4Hit with head or horns (… heads with), verb; or slang abbr. for your rump, noun
311BU5Southern good ole boy
321BU5Cute name for a rabbit (Bugs …),
371BU6Shirt fastener, or to fasten shirt, verb + pangram gerund
381BU6The purchase of a controlling share in a company (leveraged…), compound noun
351BU7Able to float, pangram
391NA5Conspicuously rich person, as in VP Agnew’s “nattering …s of negativism”
401NA7Hypothetical, very small, self-propelled machine,
411NO4Beginner, gamer slang
421NU5Coarse or lumpy in texture, esp. fabric; adj.
431TA5Striped cat with a distinctive M on its forehead
441TA5Forbidden, cultural no-nos
451TU4Biggest brass instrument; Sousaphone
461TU5Derogatory adj. for someone who’s overweight (think bathing basin with a rubber duckie)
81UN5Prohibit, verb
371UN8Shirt fastener, or to fasten shirt, verb + pangram gerund

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.