Bee Roots for 2022-07-18

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: D/EGHITW
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 197
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Front Range Arborists

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, ...)
11DE4Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
11DE6Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
21DI4Cease to live
31DI4Limit your food intake, verb/noun
41DI5Finger, toe, or any numeral from 1–9
31DI6Limit your food intake, verb/noun
61ED4A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
71ED4Revise text
61ED5A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
51ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
71ED6Revise text
81EG5What baby birds hatch from
91GI6Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
111HE4Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
101HE5Shrub fence, noun; or limit (… your bets)
121HE5Chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with a tool such as an axe
101HE6Shrub fence, noun; or limit (… your bets)
111HE6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
131HI4Stay out of sight (play “… & seek”)
141HI4Go quickly (archaic)
151TE4Short stick that holds up a golf ball
161TE7When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
171TI4Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
191TI4Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
171TI5Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
181TI6Neatly arranged, adj.; or neaten up, verb
201TI6Give 10% of your income to the Church
211TW5Rough-surfaced woolen cloth, typically of mixed flecked colors, originally produced in Scotland
221TW7Bird vocalization, or post on a social media platform that Elon Musk no longer wants
251WE4Unwanted plant, or remove them from garden
241WE5Piece of wood or metal having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge
242WE6Piece of wood or metal having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge
251WE6Unwanted plant, or remove them from garden
281WE6Opposite of dry, adj./verb
261WE7Put something on a scale to determine heaviness
271WE8What the scale reads in lbs or kg, noun (my … has gone up since the lockdown started)
291WH7Sharpen a blade or appetite
301WI4Opposite of narrow
321WI5Side to side measurement, perpendicular to length
311WI6Small mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown or unspecified
331WI6Head covering made of hair

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.