Bee Roots for 2022-08-13

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: O/AELMPY
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 187
  • 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, ...)
21AL4Sunburn gel from “… vera” plant
11AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
31AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
41EL5Run away to marry
51EM6Give work to someone and pay them for it, verb/noun; or make use of
51EM8Give work to someone and pay them for it, verb/noun; or make use of
61LA9Non-clerical church members, compound
71LO4Fertile, sandy soil
81LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
101LO4Cloth weaving device
111LO4Closed curve
121LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
71LO5Fertile, sandy soil
111LO5Closed curve
131LO5Faithful, devoted
91LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
131LO7Faithful, devoted
151MA4Hellman’s sandwich spread, slang abbr.
161MA7Painted post, decorated with flowers, around which people dance in Spring, holding long ribbons attached to the top of the post, compound pangram
171ME4Office note abbr.
181MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
191MO4Mobster’s ♀
231MO4Sulk, brood; verb
141MO5♀ parent, slang
201MO5Small black aquarium fish; or actress Ringwald; or Ecstasy drug (slang)
211MO5Mother, familiar
221MO5$, slang (from Fiji)
231MO5Sulk, brood; verb
251MY5Nearsighted person
241MY7Malignant tumor of the bone marrow
271OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
281PA5Diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans
291PA6Bribe paid to a radio DJ to air a particular song
301PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
311PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
321PL4Cunning ruse
331PO4Verse that usually rhymes, from Frost et al.
341PO4What a firefighter slides down
351PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
361PO4Croquet on horseback
381PO4Botany term for apple or pear (think French)
411PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “… & Circumstance March” at graduations)
431PO4Swimming venue
441PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
451PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
371PO5Small growth on a stalk (in your colon, e.g.)
471PO5Flower used to make opium or honor veterans
391PO6Large Asian grapefruit
401PO6Extra seat on a horse or bike saddle, knob on a sword; or gymnastics “horse”
421PO6Cheerleader accessory

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.