Bee Roots for 2022-07-07

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: C/AEILNP
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 363
  • Pangrams: 4

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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
31AC4Teen facial zits
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
51AL6S Am mammal similar to but smaller than a llama
41AL8Association formed for mutual benefit, especially involving nations
451AP5Walk back & forth anxiously
61AP6Each, or cost per item, adv.
71AP9An piece of home equipment, such as a dishwasher, washing machine, or refrigerator
81CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
141CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
181CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
91CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
101CA5Artificial waterway (Erie, Suez, Panama …)
161CA5Tropical “lily”
111CA6Small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party
121CA6Leggy French dance
131CA6Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
151CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
191CA9Pasta in the form of long, thin strands, only slightly thicker than angel hair
171CA10Large white kidney bean
211CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
221CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
201CE6Gluten intolerance disease
231CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
241CL4Group of related (Scottish) families
281CL4Device to hold things together (paper or hair …)
261CL5Make tidy, verb (…your room, young man!); or dirt-free, adj.
271CL6Medical facility (health …)
271CL8Medical facility (health …)
271CL9Medical facility (health …)
361EN6Frilly fabric, or shoestring
291EP4Long poem celebrating heroic feats, noun; or historically important, adj. (… struggle, … quest)
301EP7Having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex
311IC6Frozen water spear from drips
321IL5Hip bone
341IN7Tend toward or feel favorably disposed toward, verb; or slope, noun
331IN10Beginning to come into being or to become apparent, adj.
351IP6Medicinal syrup that induces vomiting, used to be used for poisonings
361LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
381LA5Cavalry pole weapon
391LE8Merciful, not strict (as a judge or parent, e.g.)
401LI4Itchy hair parasites
411LI5Purple flower or shade
431NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
441NI5Your sibling’s daughter
421NI6Vitamin B3
451PA4Walk back & forth anxiously
481PA5Lose your cool in a crisis (at the disco?)
461PA6Official residence of a sovereign, archbishop, or other exalted person
471PA7Remedy for all difficulties or diseases
501PE5smooth pinkish-brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut; pies made with this are a specialty of the American South
541PE51/100 of a £, or former VP & Indiana Gov
551PE6Wooden writing tool with a graphite core
511PE7Large gregarious waterbird with a long bill and an extensible throat pouch for scooping up fish; or member of the New Orleans NBA team
531PE7What you do to atone for a sin
521PE8Similar to Spanish for "film," a protein film (on teeth & smoked meat, e.g.)
561PE10Med from moldy blue cheese
571PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
591PI5Section of something larger (homophone of “tranquility” term), noun; or assemble (…together), verb
581PI6Outdoor dining on a blanket (from a basket?)
601PI8The very top
611PL5A particular position or point in space, noun/verb

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.