Bee Roots for 2022-09-13

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: I/ACKLOT
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 213
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Collins Dictionary

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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
31AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
301AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
41AL6Acid opposite in chem. (soluble base)
51AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
461AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
61CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
71CA6Rough cotton fabric, or colorful cat
81CA7Domestic feline hind appendage, or reed (compound)
91CI4“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
101CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
111CL5What you do to a web button or link, verb; or NPR “Car Talk” guy 1
161CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
121CO5Central American raccoon
141CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
181CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
171CO6Relating to sexual intercourse, formal adj.
131CO8Flap on lower back of jacket; popular politicians have long ones, inverse of formal jacket list word, compound
151CO8Mixed alcoholic drink (rooster + what dogs wag), compound pangram
191IL5Hip bone
281IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
201IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
211IT6𝑆𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦
221KI4Strike with foot, verb/noun
241KI4Greek 1,000 prefix; also an abbr. for 1,000 grams of weight
251KI4♂ plaid skirt in Scotland
261LA6Milk adj. (think acid in yogurt or sore muscles)
291LI4Tongue off (as an ice cream cone, e.g.), verb/noun
321LI4Singsong accent
281LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
311LI5Purple flower or shade
331LO4A particular point or place
341OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
371TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
401TA4Ankle bone
351TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
361TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
391TA6Fringed prayer shawl
361TA8Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
381TA8Formal ♂ dinner jacket worn with a white bowtie, inverse of list word, compound
411TI4Bloodsucking arachnid that transmits Lyme disease, or mechanical clock sound; noun/verb
431TI4Polynesian or Maori god, or Polynesian style (… bar or torch, Kon-… raft)
451TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
461TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
441TI5Indian dish of small pieces of meat or vegetables marinated in a spice mixture
421TI8Compound word that is both parts of a mechanical clock sound
471TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
481TO7A set of implements

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.