Bee Roots for 2022-08-05

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/ACILTZ
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 232
  • 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, ...)
12AC6Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
11AC7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
21AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
31AZ6Flowering rhododendron shrub
51CA6Cows & bulls (…prod)
41CA7Mineral that’s the principal component of marble; similar to milk nutrient mineral
71CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
81CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
61CE6Gluten intolerance disease
91CI4Quote as evidence
101CL5Spike on sports shoes
111EC5Stylé, brilliancé, conspicuous succéss; Frénch for “splintér” or “sparklé”
121EC8Wide-ranging tastes, styles, or ideas; adj.
131EL5Make someone ecstatically happy, verb
141EL5Vote into office
161EL5Select group that’s superior
151EL6Draw out a response, verb
141EL7Vote into office
171IC6Frozen water spear formed from drips
181IT9𝑆𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦
191LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
231LA4Running behind (I’m … for class), or deceased (The … Charles Grodin)
261LA4Relax, idle (…about)
241LA5Coffee with espresso & steamed milk
201LA7Produce milk, verb (breastfeed a baby)
211LA7Capillary that absorbs fat in the small intestine
251LA7Structure such as a pie top crust with strips of dough, e.g.
271LI4Itchy hair parasites
281LI4Low-calorie or low-fat in ad-speak (Miller … beer)
291LI6Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
321TA4Story (fairy…), NOT what dogs wag; noun
301TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
331TA6Rat out your sibling to your parents
311TA7Perceptible by touch, adj.
341TA10Someone who rats out a sibling (compound)
351TE4Blue-green color, or a duck with a stripe of that color
371TE4Inform, verb; or Swiss archer William with an overture
381TE8Revealing, compound adj.; or indication, compound noun (Poe’s “The … Heart”)
391TI4Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
411TI5Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
421TI6Dot above an i or j, or really small amount
401TI9Stimulate or excite, especially in a sexual way
431ZE4Fervor, passion, from Jewish sect that opposed Romans
441ZE4Sixth letter of the Greek alphabet

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.