Bee Roots for 2022-07-27

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: R/ADJNOU
  • Words: 26
  • Points: 99
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wallwork

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, ...)
21AD5Decorate (… with) (Xmas tree, e.g.)
11AD7End a meeting, pangram
31AJ4Slightly open, adj.
41AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
51AR6Nearby (it's…here somewhere, just…the corner) adj.; or encircling, preposition
61AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
71AU6Polar lights (… Borealis)
81DA4Milder form of above exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
101DO4Room or bldg. entrance
121DO4Gloomy appearance or manner
91DO5Someone who gives (blood, organs, $)
111DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
131JO6News reporter, slang abbr. (like medico)
141JU51 of the “12 Angry Men” who decide your fate at a trial
151OD4Bad smell (body …)
181RA4Indian royal title
191RA4Kirk’s Yeoman Janice on Star Trek, or South African $
161RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
171RA5Harmful gas that seeps into homes; atomic no. 86
201RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
211RO4Horse with 2–colored coat
221RO4Lion “shout”
241RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
231RO5Musical form with recurring theme, often final movement of a piece, from Italian
251RO5Circular, adj.
261RU9Evasive treatment (“they gave me the …”), compound (lit., jog in a circle)

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.