Bee Roots for 2022-08-12

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: G/DHNOTU
  • Words: 28
  • Points: 130
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Great Barrier Reef Foundation

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, ...)
21DO4₫ (Vietnam $), or 2nd ½ of doorbell sound
11DO5Remaining silent & motionless to hide (lie …) (think domestic canine)
41DO5Mixture of flour and liquid that gets baked; or money, slang
31DO8Ring-shaped fried cake, modern spelling
71DU4Animal manure
51DU6Aquatic mammal with a forked tail that lives on the coasts of the Indian Ocean
61DU6Canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk; or where you'll find a baseball team's bench
91GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
101GO4Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
121GO4Person who wears dark clothing, dark rock genre, or German invader of Rome
131GO4Swollen foot disease from excess uric acid; Ben Franklin had it
81GO7The state of being a deity (compound: deity plus head covering)
151HO6Frankfurter, noun (sompound: usually two words); skier or surfer who shows off, noun/verb
141HU4What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
161NO6Zilch (the plans came to …), alt spelling
171OU5Should or probable (to), verb
181OU5$ spent, to a CPA, literal opposite of “income”; or, in gerund form, extroverted
191OU6Have better or more weapons (pistols), or surpass in power
201OU10Use your brain better than someone else, comparative verb, compound made from opposite of in + what your brain does
231TH6Despite the fact that, or however; conjunction or adv. (al-…)
241TH7Idea or opinion, noun (here’s a…); or used your brain, past tense verb
261TO4Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural (or used as a verb)
271TO5Difficult (“… break, kid”) or durable adj.
141UN6What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
211UN9Use your brain to ponder something, verb

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.