Bee Roots for 2022-11-06

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: M/AILPRT
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 185
  • 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, ...)
11AI7Letters transported by plane (compound)
21AL5Warning (bell)
31AR6Space underneath your shoulder, where your deodorant goes, compound
41IM4Prayer leader at mosque
51IM6Weaken or damage something, especially a human function (visual …)
61IM6African antelope or Chevy sedan
81LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
91LA4Illuminating device
101LI4Peru capital, or bean
121LI4Walk with a bad leg, verb; or soggy noodle adj.
111LI5Size, speed, or amount restriction
131LL5S Am camel
141MA4Letters you get or send
151MA4Permanently injure
171MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
181MA4Convert grain for brewing (…–ed milk), noun/verb
191MA4♀ parent, slang
221MA4Old-timey schoolteacher honorific
231MA4Store (K–, Wal–)
191MA5♀ parent, slang
201MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
161MA7Ague, or swamp fever from mosquitoes
211MA7Relating to the relationship of wedded couples (… bliss)
241MA7Relating to the armed forces (the dictator imposed … law)
161MA8Ague, or swamp fever from mosquitoes
261MI4Wheat or pepper grinder
281MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
271MI6Relating to the bicuspid heart valve between the left atrium & left ventricle, adj.
251MI7(Related to above) armed vigilante group; 2nd Amendment's “Well-regulated …”
291PA4Underside of hand, or coconut tree (2nd syllable of above)
301PA5S Am treeless grassland
321PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
331PR4Baby carriage in Britsheak
341PR4Stiffly formal and respectable (… and proper)
361PR5Spend time making minor adjustments to one's hair, makeup, or clothes
351PR6Original or primitive; or Arthur Janov's scream
371RA4Sloped walkway
381RA7Defensive wall of a castle or walled city, with a wide flat top (what Trump said the Continental Army rammed before taking over the airports)
411TA4Pack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
401TA6Japanese rich, naturally fermented soy sauce
421TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
391TA8Red light at back of car, compound
431TR4People mover in Disney parks, parking lots, & cities
451TR4Neaten (hair) by snipping off ends
441TR5Walk heavily or noisily, verb; or vagrant, noun; or promiscuous woman, derogatory slang 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.