Bee Roots for 2022-08-27

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: E/GILMTZ
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 126
  • 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, ...)
21EL5Select group that’s superior
11EL7Poem that’s a lament for the dead
31EM4Give off (radiation, signals)
41GE4Milder form of “Jesus!” (slang exclamation)
61GE4Yiddish for $, bet during dreidel game
51GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
91GI5Slang for an easy answer, or a rude way of saying “hand it over!”
71GI6Silly laugh; verb/noun
81GI6Cocktail that combines gin and a cordial made from a small green citrus fruit
101GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
111IT4One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
111IT7One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
121LE5Conforming to the law or to rules, adj., also a slang abbreviation (they were married at the time of the birth, so their baby was …)
121LE10Conforming to the law or to rules, adj., also a slang abbreviation (they were married at the time of the birth, so their baby was …)
141LI4Small green citrus fruit
151LI4Low-calorie or low-fat in ad-speak (Miller … beer)
131LI5Feudal superior (“Yes, my …”)
161LI6Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
171ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
191ME4What ice cream does when you leave it out of the freezer, verb
201ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
211ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
231ME4Mediterranean appetizer platter
181ME5Confusing scuffle
231ME5Mediterranean appetizer platter
221ME6Person’s ability to cope with adversity (test your …), NOT iron or tin; noun
241MI45,280 feet, or 1.6 km
261MI4Silent performer
271MI4Tiny tick, or very small amount (I'm a … testy today)
251MI6Grain used as food; pearl is most common
281TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
291TE4Inform, verb; or Swiss archer William with an overture
301TI4Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
311TI4What clocks measure & display
321TI5Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
331TI6Dot above an i or j, or really small amount

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.