Bee Roots for 2022-08-10

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: I/DEMNOZ
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 245
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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, ...)
31DE5What jeans are made of
51DE6Refuse to give, grant or admit
41DE7Formal term for inhabitant (of the family room, perhaps?)
21DE8Evil spirit or devil
11DE9People considered to be on the fringes of respectable society (from French)
21DE9Evil spirit or devil
61DI4Cease to live
81DI4Coin worth 10 cents
91DI4Eat at a restaurant
101DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
91DI5Eat at a restaurant
111DI51–way semiconductor with 2 terminals
71DI6Faintly lit, adjective/verb
121DI7Feeling like your head is spinning and you may lose your balance
141DO6Spotted playing tile (“bones”)
151DO6Humdinger, lulu, noun (I had a … of a cold, but it wasn't COVID)
131DO8Sovereign authority over a country or people (Canada was a … from 1867 to 1951)
161ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
171ID5Slang phrase particular to a language (“raining cats & dogs”), noun
191IN5Unaffiliated with a major studio, slang abbr. (film or music, e.g.)
201IN5Concave belly button, slang
181IN6Truly; used to emphasize & confirm previous statement (sometimes follows “yes”); compound
212IO6Element 53, stored in thyroid, added to table salt, used to treat cuts
221IO6Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
211IO7Element 53, stored in thyroid, added to table salt, used to treat cuts
221IO7Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
231MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
241MI4A person’s look or expression, NOT an average
251MI4Silent performer
271MI4Intention (I changed my …), noun; or dislike (I don’t … a little rain) or heed (… your manners), verb
281MI4Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
291MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
251MI5Silent performer
261MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
281MI5Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
301MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
271MI6Intention (I changed my …), noun; or dislike (I don’t … a little rain) or heed (… your manners), verb
321MI6Underling, as seen in “Despicable Me”
331MI6Rearmost sail & mast on a ship
311MI8Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
311MI9Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
341MO6$, cash
351NI4Number of justices on Supreme Court
361NO7Propose a candidate for election or an honor
371ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
381ZI4Periodical, abbr. (last syllable), esp. fan pub

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.