Bee Roots for 2022-08-01

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/ACIMNO
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 196
  • Pangrams: 1
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, ...)
11AC4Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
11AC6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
21AD5♂ who writes sales pitches, compound
31AD5Back office staff, slang abbr.
41AM4Surrounded by, preposition
51AN8South American snake that can grow very large
71CA5Member of the dog family, noun
61CA6Unposed photo, or frank; adj. (Smile! You’re on “… Camera”)
81CI6Noisy 17–year insect
91CO4Concluding event, remark, or section, especially in music
101CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
131CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
141CO6Penis wrapper that prevents pregnancy and STDs
111CO7Give an order
121CO8Soldier specially trained to carry out raids
151DA4Condemn to Hell, verb; or exclamation of frustration
171DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
161DI7Shape of a baseball field, or sparkly gem, noun
181DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
231DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
191DO6Area of territory owned or controlled by a ruler or government (eminent …), noun
211DO6Spotted playing tile (“bones”)
221DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
201DO8Sovereign authority over a country or people (Canada was a … from 1867 to 1951)
241ID5Slang phrase particular to a language (“raining cats & dogs”), noun
251IN6Subspecies of cannabis plant
261IN7Bulk-mail postage stamp substitute, or other distinguishing mark
311MA48 of them were milking in a Xmas carol
291MA5Term of respect for a ♀, or one who runs a brothel; palindrome
301MA6Crazy ♂, compound (if plural, Don Draper’s retro TV show about 2nd word in today’s set)
271MA7Stone paving material; last name of Brit surveyor John Louden
281MA9Nut used in candy from Hawaii
321MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
331MI4Intention (I changed my …), noun; or dislike (I don’t … a little rain) or heed (… your manners), verb
361MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
341MO5Math (category theory), philosophy & computer functional programming term for a single entity (think 1st name of Leonardo’s smiling Lisa + 1st letter of his last name)
351MO5Slang for something huge or remarkable, or Italian for “world”
371NA4Nothing, Spanish
381NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
391NO5Wanderer; or member of a people without a permanent home, who travel to find food, livestock pastures, or work
391NO7Wanderer; or member of a people without a permanent home, who travel to find food, livestock pastures, or work

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.