Bee Roots for 2022-07-04

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: L/AGHOTU
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 120
  • 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, ...)
11AL4Pond scum
51AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
11AL5Pond scum
21AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
31AL5Hawaiian greeting
41AL8In spite of the fact that, pangram
61AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
71GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
81GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
91GA6Slang for a clumsy or oafish person (“You big …”)
101GH5Evil spirit, esp. one who robs graves & feeds on dead bodies
131GL4Drink or pour liquid & make a hollow sound, verb
141GL4Excess of supply in relation to demand, noun
111GL5Be smug in your success or your opponent’s misfortune, verb
121GL7Of a sound produced by the opening between the vocal folds; a … stop is the sound of the T in “cat,” e.g.; adj.
151GO4Objective, or sport target or point
161GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
181GU4Noisy shore bird
171GU5Soviet labor camp
201HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
211HA4Nimbus (ring of light or glowing cloud) atop a saint, or Xbox shooter game
221HA4Come to a complete & sudden stop, verb
231HA4Schlep; rent a “U” one when moving to new home
191HA5Kosher in Islam
241HO4Otter den
251HU4Polynesian dance, or hoop you twirl around your waist
261HU4Base of ship, or skin of nuts
271LA4Flat strip of wood, often plastered as wallboard
281LA5What you do when you think something's funny, verb/noun
301LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
311LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
321LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
341LO4Uncouth & aggressive ♂, noun
291LO5Reluctant (to), adj.; often confused with verb ending in E meaning “hate”
331LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
351LU4Hawaiian BBQ
361LU4Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
371LU4Doozy, or “To Sir With Love” singer
381TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
391TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
401TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
411TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)

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.