Bee Roots for 2022-07-31

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: C/ADEGLN
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 274
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
11AC4Get a top grade on a test
21AC4Teen facial zits
161AC6Give up (power or territory)
161AC7Give up (power or territory)
51CA4Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
61CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
141CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
41CA5Get something without paying for it (slang)
51CA5Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
71CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
91CA5Artificial waterway (Erie, Suez, Panama …)
141CA5Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
151CA5Tropical “lily”
41CA6Get something without paying for it (slang)
61CA6Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
81CA6Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
101CA6Leggy French dance
111CA6Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
131CA6Light source made from wax and a wick
31CA7Rhythmic pattern; sequence of chords in music
121CA7Unit of luminous intensity
111CA8Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
111CA9Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
161CE4Give up (power or territory)
171CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
161CE5Give up (power or territory)
171CE6Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
181CL4Wearing, or encased; adj. (iron-… guarantee); archaic past participle of clothe
201CL4Group of related (Scottish) families
191CL5Group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor (biology)
211CL5Make a ringing sound (Judy Garland “…, …, … went the trolley”)
221CL5Make tidy, verb (…your room, young man!); or dirt-free, adj.
211CL7Make a ringing sound (Judy Garland “…, …, … went the trolley”)
221CL7Make tidy, verb (…your room, young man!); or dirt-free, adj.
231DA4Type of freshwater fish, including redside, northern pearl, and longnose
241DA5Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
241DA6Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
271DE5Design prepared on special paper for transfer to another surface
251DE6Span of ten years
261DE9Moral or cultural decline, luxurious self-indulgence
281EL8Graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
51EN6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
311EN6Frilly fabric, or shoestring
51EN7Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
311EN7Frilly fabric, or shoestring
291GL5French for “ice,” or coat fruit with sugar syrup to look “icéd”
301GL6Take a brief or hurried look (parting …)
301GL7Take a brief or hurried look (parting …)
311LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
311LA5Frilly fabric, or shoestring
321LA5Cavalry pole weapon, noun/verb
321LA6Cavalry pole weapon, noun/verb

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.