Bee Roots for 2022-10-28

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/EFLINT
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 196
  • 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, ...)
11CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
31CE41/100th of a dollar
21CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
41CI4Quote as evidence
51CL4Music symbol indicating key (e.g., treble, 🎼); French for “key”
61CL5Split (chin), adj.
81CL5Steep rock face (white ones of Dover)
91CL6Medical facility (health …)
101EC8Wide-ranging tastes, styles, or ideas; adj.
111EF6Result of an action (cause & …)
121EF9Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
131EL5Vote into office
141EL6Draw out a response, verb
131EL7Vote into office
151EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
161FE5Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
171FL6Wool from sheep, or fabric (jacket), noun; or overcharge, slang verb
181IC6Frozen water spear formed from drips
271IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
191IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
211IN6Pass on a disease to someone
201IN7Tend toward or feel favorably disposed toward, verb; or slope, noun
221IN7Change the form of a word to express a particular grammatical function or attribute, or vary intonation to express mood, pangram verb (usually with –ION suffix)
231IN7Cause something unpleasant to be suffered by someone (injuries, damage)
241IN9Brains, faculty of reasoning & understanding objectively; or a smart person
121IN11Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
251LE8Merciful, not strict (as a judge or parent, e.g.)
261LI4Itchy hair parasites
271LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
281NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
291NI5Your sibling’s daughter
301TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”

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.