Bee Roots for 2022-07-17

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: Y/AEHLPT
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 200
  • 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, ...)
31AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
11AL5Put (fears) at rest
21AL5Narrow passageway between buildings. (… cat, …-oop)
51AP5Submit your résumé (to a college or job), or be relevant (terms & conditions may…)
61AP5Appropriate or suitable in the circumstances; or likely to do something
71EE4Snake-like fish
81ET5Chemical, C₂H₅ (…alcohol), similar to singer Merman
91EY6Small round hole for shoelaces or strings; diminutive of sight organ
101EY8Cuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper; (I’d give my … for)
111HA5Pleased (“Don’t worry, be …”)
121HE7Physical well-being (in sickness & in …)
131HY4Intense promotion, noun or verb (“Don’t believe the…”)
141LA6Running behind (I’m … for class), or deceased (The … Charles Grodin)
151LA7Set of clothing & accessories for a newborn
161LE8Fatal (“… Weapon” films)
201PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
211PA5Touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand, verb; or simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing, adj. (… answer)
221PA5Peppermint candy (& friend of Marcie in “Peanuts”) or burger form
231PA5Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
171PA6White-faced, NOT a bucket
191PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
181PA7Pontiff adj.
241PE5Fuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
251PE5Energy, liveliness, noun/verb
261PE5Trivial (… crime) (think late “Heartbreakers” singer Tom)
271PH5Taxonomic category that ranks above class and below kingdom
281PL4Staged drama, or what kids do at recess
291PL7Short dramatic piece
301TA5Add up (keep a running …, or …–Ho! The quarry is in sight)
311TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
331TE8TV script
341TE8Obsolete printer that sent & received messages
321TE9Communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses; or ESP, pangram
351TH4Plural non-gendered pronoun (… were delicious candies)
361TY4What you do on a keyboard
371YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins
381YE4Informal affirmative reply
391YE4Shout (Billy Idol’s “Rebel …”)
401YE4Short, sharp cry of pain; or business review site & app

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.