Bee Roots for 2022-07-10

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/CDEINO
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 160
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

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, ...)
21BE4Past participle of “to exist” (“How have you … doing?”)
31BE4Shape into a curve, or Oregon city
11BE6Furniture you sleep on
41BI4Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
61BI4Fasten tightly, verb; problematic situation, noun
41BI5Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
71BI5Decorative mark worn in the middle of the forehead
51BI6Receptacle for storing a specified substance, noun/verb; trash can (British)
91BI6Having artificial body parts, especially electromechanical ones (70's TV show The … Woman)
81BI7Umbrella term for substances that kill living things
131BO4Be an omen of a particular outcome
171BO4Agent 007, Brit spy James
181BO4Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
211BO4Breast, slang
231BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
122BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
131BO5Be an omen of a particular outcome
181BO5Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
201BO5Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
101BO6Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
111BO6Sewing machine thread holder
141BO6Article of clothing for women and girls, covering the torso from the neck to the waist
151BO6Your physical structure, or car frame
161BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
171BO6Agent 007, Brit spy James
191BO6Small ape related to chimps
221BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
181DE6Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
181DE7Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
241DO6Marijuana cigarette, slang
261EB4Black, poetic; and/or black wood (“… & Ivory”)
251EB5Recede, especially
271NO4Beginner, gamer slang
291OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
281OB9Compliant with orders

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.