Bee Roots for 2022-08-18

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: F/ACILOY
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 164
  • 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, ...)
21AL5Cool & distant in behavior, adj.; anagram of bath sponge
11AL7Grass for hay, or Little Rascal
21AL7Cool & distant in behavior, adj.; anagram of bath sponge
41CA4Baby cow
31CA7Harden because of calcium deposits
51CL5Steep rock face (white ones of Dover)
61CO4Style someone’s hair, verb/noun
81FA4Don’t pass a test
91FA4Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
71FA6Front part of head containing eyes, nose, & mouth 😀; noun/verb
101FA7Belief based on unsound reasoning
111FA7Statistical decrease, or result of slipping while on a ladder; compound
71FA8Front part of head containing eyes, nose, & mouth 😀; noun/verb
131FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
141FI5Young ♀ horse
121FI6Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
121FI8Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
161FL4Peel the skin off of a corpse or carcass
151FL5Swing (arms) wildly
171FO4Baby horse or other equine, noun/verb
191FO4Center of interest or activity, noun; adjust a camera to get a clear image, verb
201FO4Thin aluminum sheet for wrapping leftovers, noun; or thwart, verb (Curses! …ed again)
241FO4Unwise person, court jester tarot card, noun; or to trick or deceive, verb
191FO5Center of interest or activity, noun; adjust a camera to get a clear image, verb
211FO5B-vitamin that treats anemia (… acid)
221FO5A book (A Shakespeare first … is quite valuable), a page in a book, or a book size; from Latin for “leaf”
231FO5Lack of good sense (Barbara Tuchman's The March of …)
181FO8Flat Italian bread made with yeast and olive oil and flavored with herbs
251IF4On condition
261LA6Temporary discharge of a worker or workers, compound
271LO4Unit of bread, noun; or idle (… around), verb
281LO5Bath sponge
291OF5Entrails & organs used as food
301OF8Confirmed by an authority (it's …); someone who throws penalty flags
301OF10Confirmed by an authority (it's …); someone who throws penalty flags

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.