Bee Roots for 2022-09-21

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/ACEILT
  • Words: 61
  • Points: 243
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
11AF6Influence or cause an action, move deeply, or pretend
31AF7Cause pain or suffering; or trouble, verb
21AF9Officially attach or connect to an organization, verb/noun
41AL7Grass for hay, or Little Rascal
51CA4Small réstaurant selling food & drinks (Intérnét, outdoor…)
61CA4Baby cow
71CL4Music symbol indicating key (e.g., treble, 🎼); French for “key”
81CL5Split (chin), adj.
91CL5Steep rock face (white ones of Dover)
101EF6Make oneself appear insignificant, or remove a mark from an exterior
111EF6Result of an action (cause & …)
121EF6Pretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
131FA4Front part of head containing eyes, nose, & mouth 😀; noun/verb
181FA4Thing that is known (for a …)
191FA4Don’t pass a test
211FA4Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
231FA4Destiny, kismet, 1 of 3 Greek goddesses who determine yours
151FA51 side of a cut gem
221FA5Deadly, adj. (“… Attraction” film)
131FA6Front part of head containing eyes, nose, & mouth 😀; noun/verb
161FA6Easy (… victory), or simplistic (… argument), adj.; French for “easy”
201FA7Fried chickpea balls often served in pita
141FA8Cosmetic surgery to remove wrinkles by tightening skin, compound
171FA10Make something easier, pangram
241FE4Achievement requiring great courage, skill, or strength (no easy …), noun
261FE4Perceive by touch; or experience (emotion)
271FE4Cut or knock down (a tree or opponent, e.g.)
301FE4Cloth made by rolling and pressing wool with moisture and/or heat
311FE4Soft Greek goat cheese, cubed when served
321FE4Honor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
501FE4What you cover with a sock
251FE5Remains of undigested food; excrement
281FE5♂, slang (young or little …)
341FE5Unborn offspring of a mammal, more advanced than an embryo
331FE6Condition, noun (in fine …); rhymes with whistling teapot
291FE7Perform oral sex on a ♂, verb
351FI4Italian car brand (part of Chrysler), formal decree, or arbitrary order
361FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
371FI4Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
381FI4Folder of related papers, or tool for smoothing edges (fingernails, e.g.), noun/verb
411FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
391FI5Remove the bones from (fish), verb; or cut of meat, noun
391FI6Remove the bones from (fish), verb; or cut of meat, noun
401FI6Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
431FL4Having no depth or height (… as a pancake), or ♭ in music (opposite of ♯)
451FL4Hopping insect whose bites cause itching in dogs & cats
461FL4Run away from danger, NOT a bug that causes itching
491FL4Move swiftly & lightly, as a bird, e.g. (… about)
421FL5Swing (arms) wildly
481FL5Group of ships sailing together, noun; or enema brand; or able to run fast (… of foot)
471FL6Wool from sheep, or fabric (jacket), noun; or overcharge, slang verb
441FL8Collapsed arch on your sole; cop nickname; reason to get out of the military draft, compound
511IC7What happens when glaciers flow over a steep drop; compound noun (frozen water + plummet)
521LE4Nissan electric car; 4 of these on a clover is lucky
541LE4←; remaining (only 1 cookie …); or departed
541LE6←; remaining (only 1 cookie …); or departed
531LE7Flier passed out on the street, or to pass them out
551LI4Cereal Mikey prefers, board game, or “death” antonym
561LI4Raise up (fork…), not Uber competitor
571TA7Fine lustrous silk with crisp texture used for formal gowns
581TI4Petty quarrel, or computer image format

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.