Bee Roots for 2022-08-06

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: M/EINOPT
  • Words: 64
  • Points: 301
  • Pangrams: 5

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, ...)
21EM4Give off (radiation, signals)
31EM5Ham it up as an actor
11EM7Renowned (scholar); used with “domain” to mean gov property grab
51EP7The perfect example of something
61IM8About to happen (… demise, e.g.), adj.
521IM8Strong (…[drinks]—common Jeopardy category); or able to achieve an erection (think IM– prefix)
431IM10Feeling or showing sorrow & regret for having done wrong, adj.; or a person seeking forgiveness for their sins, noun
71IT4One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
81ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
91ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
111ME4Office note abbr.
141ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
131ME6Experienced and trusted adviser, usually an older person
101ME7Souvenir in English; or 2000 thriller about an amnesiac (Guy Pearce)
121ME7Refer to something briefly and without going into detail, verb/noun
151MI4A person’s look or expression, NOT an average
161MI4Silent performer
181MI4Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
191MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
221MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
231MI4Tiny tick, or very small amount (I'm a … testy today)
241MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
171MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
201MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
211MI6Underling, as seen in “Despicable Me”
251MI6Fingerless winter glove for a kid or Sen. Bernie Sanders at inauguration
271MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
301MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
311MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
321MO4Sulk, brood; verb
341MO4Speck of dust
291MO53–card … con game
351MO5Short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic & unaccompanied
371MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
261MO6Very brief period of time (“I’ll be with you in just a …”)
331MO6Small endearingly sweet child
361MO6Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
281MO8Sound that is unchanging in pitch (“She spoke in a … that put me to sleep”)
381NO7Propose a candidate for election or an honor
391OI8Medicinal cream for your skin
401OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)
411OM4Leave out, verb
521OM10Strong (…[drinks]—common Jeopardy category); or able to achieve an erection (think IM– prefix)
421ON7Former, compound (He's a … football star)
441PE6Archaic for writer; compound made from “ink stick” & ♂
451PE10Trace of an earlier painting beneath paint on a canvas
471PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
461PI7Red sweet pepper, sometimes stuffed into olives, or in the American South, mixed into cheese spread
461PI8Red sweet pepper, sometimes stuffed into olives, or in the American South, mixed into cheese spread
481PO4Verse that usually rhymes, from Frost et al.
491PO4Botany term for apple or pear (think French)
501PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “… & Circumstance March” at graduations)
511PO6Cheerleader accessory
531TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
541TE4Office worker fill-in, slang abbr.
552TE5Speed at which a passage of music is played; more generally, pace of an activity
561TE5Entice (as a donut to a dieter, e.g.), verb
571TE8Set of rooms within a house, or cheap multi-family bldg.
581TI4What clocks measure & display
591TO4Large, heavy book
611TO5Symbolic object (… pole)
601TO6New 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.