Bee Roots for 2022-09-09

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: C/IMNOTU
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 182
  • 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, ...)
41CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
121CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
11CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
51CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
101CO5Ice cream holder shape
141CO5Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
31CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
61CO6Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
71CO6Ordinary, or shared (in …), adj.
131CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
21CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
91CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
81CO9The part of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared
111CO9Star Trek Next Gen character Q’s society; spectrum (space-time); pangram
221CO9Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
91CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
151CU5Aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder
171CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary, compound
181IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
181IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
191IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
201MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
211MO9Boring speech adj.; with no variation in pitch
231NO6Military slang abbr. for a senior enlisted person (sgt., e.g.) expressed as a negation
241TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
251TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin
261TU5Upper body garment in a uniform or in ancient Greece & Rome
161UN5Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement, verb/noun
271UN7Priestly anointing with oil; “extreme” on deathbed
71UN8Ordinary, or shared (in …), 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.