Bee Roots for 2022-08-19

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: O/ACNPTU
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 223
  • 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, ...)
11AC7$ held for you, (bank, savings, checking…, e.g.)
11AC10$ held for you, (bank, savings, checking…, e.g.)
31AN4Soon, poetically
461AT4Opposite of bottom
41AU4Car, abbr., or “self” prefix
111CA4Mafia boss, or moveable bar on a guitar
51CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
81CA5Nikon rival, or accepted (Church) lore, noun
91CA5Section of a long poem
121CA5Castrated chicken fattened for eating
61CA6Wheeled artillery
71CA6“I am unable to do so,” formally
101CA6Swiss “state,” or upper inner corner of a flag (blue field with white stars here)
131CO4Outdoor jacket (trench-…)
141CO41st part of popular soda brand name
201CO4Chicken pen, noun; or confine in a small space, verb (…ed up)
221CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
261CO4Sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government
21CO5Do something
151CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
211CO5Usually hyphenated verb: take for your own use or for another purpose
251CO5Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
171CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
231CO6Avoid doing something you're supposed to do, slang compound
241CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
271CO6“Save 50¢ on Charmin” with this; you used to clip them
161CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
181CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
191CO7Get in touch with, verb; or list of people’s numbers on your phone (if plural), noun
281CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary
291NO412:00, midday, 🕛
301NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
321OC6Arc of a circle that’s 1/8 of circumference, or obsolete navigation device
311OC8Live in or have a business in a house or building; or (said of a military force) control a conquered country
331ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
341OU6Results of computer processing
361PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
391PO4Push your lower lip out because you're annoyed
351PO7Temp floating bridge
401PU6The act of retiring a batter or runner (baseball)
411TA4Mexican filled tortilla, or “… Bell” restaurant
421TA6Skin “ink”
441TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
451TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
491TO4Promote, or offer horse racing tips
481TO6Froot Loops mascot Sam; bird with large colorful beak
431TO7Virtuoso musical piece (Bach’s “...& Fugue in D Minor”)
471TO7Lightweight jacket, or final layer of paint; compound
501UN4Archaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “For … us a child is born”)
511UP4Fairy tale-starting preposition (“Once … a time”)

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.