Bee Roots for 2022-07-14

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/AIORTV
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 160
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Grinnell College Musical Instrument Collection

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, ...)
11AB5Head monk, perhaps at Downton
21AB5Call off (a mission or takeoff, e.g.)
31AI7Shallow-draft watercraft powered by an aircraft engine, for use in swamps, compound
51AR5Tree garden; its “Day” is the last Friday in April in many places
61AR7Variety of round-grained Italian rice used in making risotto
41AR10Reach an authoritative judgment or settlement, for example in a labor dispute
71BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
81BA4(Put a) worm on a fishing hook; verb/noun
101BA4Sharp projection near end of fishhook or on top of wire fence; start of Streisand name
91BA6African tree
111BA6Spanish term for “neighborhood”
121BI5The animal and plant life of a particular region
131BO4Wild pig
141BO4Small ship, as in “tug-”
151BO4Taiwan sweet tea with gelatin pearls
161BO4Breast, slang
181BO4Lout, NOT wild pig
191BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
171BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
201BR4Badly behaved child; or a type of sausage (…wurst)
231BR4Vigor, Italian; often used in music as “allegro con …”
212BR5Exclamation expressing approval when a performer has done something well, from Italian; also has a feminine form; or B in the phonetic alphabet
221BR5Thicket of prickly shrubs (… patch)
241OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
251OR5Path of a planet around the sun
261RA5Jewish minister or teacher
271RA6Gregarious, plant-eating mammal with long ears, long hind legs, and a short tail (famous ones include Bugs and Roger)
281RI6What a frog says (I'm not kidding - it's really a Spelling Bee word)
291RO5Machine resembling a human
301TA5Forbidden, cultural no-nos
311TA5Small drum used to accompany a pipe or fife played by the same person
321TI5Shin bone
341VI7Musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change of pitch, pangram
331VI8Move rhythmically and steadily to and fro, oscillate

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.