Bee Roots for 2022-08-22

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/AGIMNR
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 196
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Paul Mercuri, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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, ...)
11AF6Extramarital dalliance
21AF6“Swear” alternative in an oath
21AF9“Swear” alternative in an oath
51FA4Large sharp tooth, esp. of a dog, wolf, or vampire
91FA4Place for growing crops
71FA6Money a passenger on public transportation has to pay, noun; or manage, intransitive verb
81FA6Flour or meal made of cereal grains, nuts, or starchy roots; actor Dennis
41FA7Device, manual or electrical, that moves air for cooling or drying, noun/verb; enthusiastic supporter of a sports team
91FA7Place for growing crops
131FI4Hard (tofu) or unmoving
101FI6Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
111FI6Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
121FI6Combustion, noun; or dismiss an employee from a job, verb
131FI7Hard (tofu) or unmoving
141FR4Deliberately kill an unpopular senior officer with a hand grenade, N American military slang
161FR5Monk (… Tuck of “Robin Hood”)
151FR7Case or border enclosing a mirror or picture, noun/verb; make someone appear guilty of something they did not do, verb
141FR8Deliberately kill an unpopular senior officer with a hand grenade, N American military slang
171FR8Decorative border of hanging threads, noun/verb
181GA4Stick with hook or barbed spear for fishing, or sailboat spar, NOT a social or speaking faux pas
191GR7Mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion
201IN6Not physically or mentally strong, especially through age or illness
201IN9Not physically or mentally strong, especially through age or illness
211IN10Actively break the terms of a law or agreement (copyright …ment)
221MA5The Italian Mob
231MI4Annoy slightly, verb (it’s usually an –ED adj.)
231MI7Annoy slightly, verb (it’s usually an –ED adj.)
241NA4Inexperienced person (from French)
251RA6African palm tree, or its fiber in hats, mats, & baskets
261RI4Short repeated phrase in pop & jazz (guitar), noun/verb
261RI7Short repeated phrase in pop & jazz (guitar), noun/verb
271RI8Undesirable people, overflow room on “Ellen"

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.