Bee Roots for 2022-07-25

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: E/ACHIMN
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 231
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Bluestone Perennials

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, ...)
11AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
21AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
31AC4Teen facial zits
41AH4Throat-clearing, attention-getting sound
51AM4Prayer-ending word
71AN5Japanese cartoon
62AN6Fatigue due to red blood cell shortage
91CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
101CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
81CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
111CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
141CH5Percussion instrument or its sound (I find a tinkling wind … to be annoying), noun
131CH6Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …)
151CI6Place they show movies
161EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
171EC9Dietary supplement from a coneflower daisy used to fight colds
181EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
191EM8Renowned (scholar); used with “domain” to mean gov property grab
201EN5Rectal wash (Fleet, e.g.)
121EN7String of metal links
211EN7Intensify, increase, or improve (do this to your driver’s license so it meets new TSA rules)
231HE4Iron-containing biological compound (in blood, e.g.)
241HE5Consequently, or in the future (…-forth)
261HE5Hair or temp. tattoo dye
221HE6A person’s buttocks, slang
252HE8“Evil…,” ♂ criminal helper, compound
272IC6♂ who delivers frozen water, one “Cometh” in O’Neill play, "Top Gun" pilot
281IM9About to happen (… demise, e.g.), adj.
291IN5Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
301IN5Concave belly button, slang
311MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
331MA4Hair on a horse or ♂ lion’s neck
321MA7Powered device (fax, sewing, answering, “Rage Against the…”), perfect pangram
341ME4The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
371ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
351ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
341ME6The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
381ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the …)
361ME8Person who fixes cars or devices, pangram
391MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
401MI4A person’s look or expression, NOT an average
411MI4Silent performer
431MI4Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
421MI5Chop finely
441NA4What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
451NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
461NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
491NI4Number of justices on Supreme Court
471NI5Specialized segment of the market
481NI5Your sibling’s daughter

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.