Bee Roots for 2022-10-20

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: L/ACEJKP
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 132
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: African Wildlife Foundation

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, ...)
11AL5Archaic exclamation of regret or dismay; from list word for “absence of”
21AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
31AL6S Am mammal similar to but smaller than a llama
61AP51 of these fruits a day keeps the doctor away
41AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
51AP6Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
51AP8Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
71AP9Alcoholic drink distilled from fermented cider
91CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
101CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
81CA6Make a harsh, raucous sound when laughing, verb/noun; (the witch …d with delight as she stirred the potion)
111CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
121CL5Heel sounds on tile, verb; or NPR “car” show guy 2
141JA6Slender long-legged wild dog
151JE4Solidify, as a liquid or idea, verb
161KA4Trendy lettuce (but really leaf cabbage)
171KE4Bottom stabilizing ridge of a boat or ship, noun; or capsize, verb
181KE4Large brown algae seaweed
191LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
201LA4Absence of (talent or imagination, e.g.), verb/noun
211LA4Large body of freshwater (Great ones are Erie, Superior, etc.)
221LA5Jacket edge that’s folded back
231LE4Place where water escapes a pipe or hose, or info spilled to a reporter
241LE4Forceful jump (of faith?), noun/verb
251LE4Veg similar to onion; homophone of place where water escapes a pipe
291PA4White-faced, NOT a bucket
301PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
311PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
321PA5Pontiff adj.
261PA6Spanish rice, saffron, chicken, and seafood dish
271PA6Official residence of a sovereign, archbishop, or other exalted person
281PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
331PE4Repeated bell ringing or laughter
341PE4Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
361PL4Urgent request (Mercy!), or court statement of guilt or innocence
351PL5A particular position or point in space, noun/verb

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.