Bee Roots for 2022-08-14

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: D/AGINPR
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 294
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AD6Join something to something else
31AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
41DA4Mild cuss (just get the … thing working!); euphemism for “condemn to Hell” expletive
71DA4Milder form of above exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
61DA6Have the courage to do something risky; or challenge someone to do something risky, verb/noun
51DA7Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water
71DA7Milder form of above exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
111DI4Dent (a … on the car door), or 1st ½ of doorbell sound
91DI5Arab $, not supper
101DI6Eat at a restaurant
81DI7Make a hole in the ground; enjoy (slang)
111DI7Dent (a … on the car door), or 1st ½ of doorbell sound
121DI7Put something down quickly into liquid, verb; or brief swim, noun
131DR4Pull roughly, or pass time slowly & tediously, verb + adj.
161DR4Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
141DR5What sink water goes down
151DR7Arrange cloth loosely around something, verb; or long curtain, noun
131DR8Pull roughly, or pass time slowly & tediously, verb + adj.
141DR8What sink water goes down
161DR8Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
171GA7go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment
181GI4Encircle with a belt
181GI7Encircle with a belt
191GR4Alumnus, abbr.
231GR4Network of lines that cross each other to form a series of squares or rectangles (@the…kid)
211GR5Magnificent or imposing in appearance, size, or style, adj.; a thousand $, slang
241GR5Crush something into fine particles or powder, verb; or long, hard work, noun (the daily …)
201GR7Level of rank, quality, proficiency, intensity, or value; or a mark summarizing a student's performance, noun/verb
222GR7Your parent's father (familiar)
221GR8Your parent's father (familiar)
241GR8Crush something into fine particles or powder, verb; or long, hard work, noun (the daily …)
221GR9Your parent's father (familiar)
251NA4Nothing, Spanish
261NA5Lowest point, rock-bottom, depths; or below the observer in astronomy
271NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
311PA4Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
291PA5Chinese bamboo-eating bear
281PA7Thick piece of soft material used to cushion something, noun/verb
301PA8What the 76 trombones led, noun/verb (4th of July …, Macy' Thanksgiving Day …)
321PI6Grammatically simplified form of a language, NOT an urban avian pest, noun
331PR7Deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of your own achievements, or those of someone close to you, noun/verb; or group of lions
371RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
381RA4Kirk’s Yeoman Janice on Star Trek, or South African $
341RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
361RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
391RA5Swift, as in “transit,” adj., or river whitewater (plural)
351RA6Unit of angular measure of a ○
371RA7Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
441RI4Tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus
431RI5Not flexible
411RI6Sit on and control the movement of an animal, especially a horse; or travel in a car driven by someone else, verb
401RI7Make free of something unwanted or troublesome (get … of that spoiled food)
421RI7Long narrow hilltop, noun; or form into narrow raised bands, 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.