Bee Roots for 2022-07-12

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: A/CEHLMY
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 153
  • 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, ...)
12AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
21AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
31AH4Throat-clearing, attention-getting sound
81AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
51AL5Put (fears) at rest
71AL5Narrow passageway between buildings. (… cat, …-oop)
61AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
41AL7Turning lead into gold “science,” pangram
91AM4Abbr. for … nitrite "poppers" you sniff at a rave; or C₅H₁₁ on its own
111CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
131CA4Tranquil (mood, wind, “the…before the storm”)
141CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
101CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
121CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
151CA5Humped desert animal
131CA6Tranquil (mood, wind, “the…before the storm”)
161CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
171CL4bivalve shellfish (happy as a …)
181CL4Dirt used to make ceramic pots, or boxer Ali former name
171CL6bivalve shellfish (happy as a …)
181CL6Dirt used to make ceramic pots, or boxer Ali former name
191EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
211HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
221HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
201HA5Kosher in Islam
231HA5Meat from a pig, often served on holidays
241HE4Recover from injury
252LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
261LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
271LA4Disabled or weak; esp. foot or leg, causing a limp
271LA6Disabled or weak; esp. foot or leg, causing a limp
281LE5Dissolve out by percolating liquid, verb; or “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin
291LE5Math term for intermediate or helping theorem in a proof
301LL5S Am camel
311MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
321MA4♂, the sex that produces sperm
331MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
341MA4♀ parent, slang
341MA5♀ parent, slang
351MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
361MA6Chaos, disorder, havoc (complete & utter …)
371ME4Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
371ME5Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
381ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
391YE4Informal affirmative reply

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.