Bee Roots for 2022-08-04

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: T/CILMNO
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 171
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
11CL4Lump of blood that stops bleeding or circulation
21CO4Young ♂ horse
51CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
31CO6Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
71CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
41CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
61CO9Debutante ball
221CO9Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
41CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
91IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
81IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
101LI4Singsong accent
121LI4Dryer fluff
91LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
111LI5Size, speed, or amount restriction
131LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
151LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
141LO6Moisturizing or suntan cream
221LO10Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
161MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
171MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
181MO4Shed feathers, hair, or skin; verb
211MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
231MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
221MO6Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
201MO7Illuminated by the nighttime orb, adj.
191MO9Boring speech adj.; with no variation in pitch
241NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
251OC91 followed 27 zeroes; Latin 8 prefix
261OM4Leave out, verb
271ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
281TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
291TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
311TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
301TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
321TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
331TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
361TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
371TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
381TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
351TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin
341TO6New Zealand small bird (Magnum, P.I star 1st name + breast, slang)

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.