Bee Roots for 2022-10-22

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/AILMOY
  • Words: 52
  • Points: 218
  • 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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
31AC7Enthusiastic public praise
311AC7Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
61CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
91CA4Tranquil (mood, wind, “the…before the storm”)
101CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
111CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
41CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
71CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
51CA6Rough cotton fabric, or colorful cat
91CA6Tranquil (mood, wind, “the…before the storm”)
81CA8Caribbean veg dish
121CI4“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
131CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
151CL4bivalve shellfish (happy as a …)
161CL4Dirt used to make ceramic pots, or boxer Ali former name
181CL4Sicken with sweetness
141CL5Assert, an assertion, or a request (… asylum, baggage …)
151CL6bivalve shellfish (happy as a …)
171CL6Combo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
191CO4“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
201CO41st part of popular soda brand name
231CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
241CO4Pepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
261CO4Prolonged unconscious state
291CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
211CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
221CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
251CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
271CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
281CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
301CO5Reluctant to give details, especially about something regarded as sensitive
291CO6“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
271CO7Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
271CO9Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
311CY6Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
311CY8Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
311CY10Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
321IC5Frozen water
331IL5Hip bone
341LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
361LI5Purple flower or shade
381LO4Crazy, Spanish
391LO4A particular point or place
371LO5From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
371LO7From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
401MA5Sour-tasting acid, or apple adj. (from Latin)
411MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
421MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun

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.