Bee Roots for 2022-08-25

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/CEFLNU
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 128
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: WAvegetarian via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

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, ...)
11CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
21CL5Identical (genetic) copy, or make one, noun/verb
81CO4Ice cream holder shape
101CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
61CO5: (punctuation mark), or intestine
31CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
41CO6Hot drink from roasted & ground beans; you might get some at Starbucks
111CO6Deep ravine, or lava flow; from French “to flow” (Grand … Dam in WA)
51CO7Irish term for a young ♀
71CO7Military rank between major & general (Hogan & Klink, e.g.)
91CO10Junction of 2 rivers, or act or process of merging; pangram noun
121FE5Person who has been convicted of a serious crime & often can’t vote as a result
131FL4Sheet of ice atop the ocean, homophone of moving liquid
141FL7Move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner so as to draw attention to oneself (he…-ed out in a huff), perfect pangram verb
151FO4Unwise person, court jester tarot card, noun; or to trick or deceive, verb
161FO4Pollute, or make an out of bounds or illegal sports play (he hit a … ball)
171LO4Crazy, Spanish
181LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
191LO4Solitary (… wolf, e.g.), adj.
201LO4“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
221NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
211NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
231NO4Xmas time, or playwright Coward
251NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
261NO412:00, midday, 🕛
271NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
241NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
281NU7(Physics) collective term for protons & neutrons
301ON4A single time (they deliver … a week)
311OU5Unit of weight or liquid measure; 128 in a US gallon & 16 in a pound
321UN6Not fashionable or impressive (think “warm” antonym), adj.

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.