Bee Roots for 2022-11-11

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/ACDIOR
  • Words: 65
  • Points: 240
  • 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, ...)
11AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
21AR4Seed covering
41CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
51CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
91CA5Actress Burnett with a variety show, or a Xmas song
31CA6Rough cotton fabric, or colorful cat
71CA7Unit of energy in food
81CA7Capacity of an automobile; compound (I have a … of groceries; can you help me bring them in?)
61CA8Caribbean veg dish
101CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
111CL4Wearing, or encased; adj. (iron-… guarantee); archaic past participle of clothe
131CL4Lump of earth, or dunce (slang insult)
121CL6Combo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
141CO4“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
161CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
171CO4Pepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
181CO4Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a…)
241CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
191CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
231CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
251CO5Reef building marine invertebrates, a deep pink hue, or a sea off Australia
201CO6Cloth or leather strip a dog or cat wears around its neck
281CO6Animal pen, or “O.K. …” gunfight site
151CO7Supplement that amends a will
211CO7Southern cabbage …greens; add a letter to the neck of a shirt
221CO7In anatomy, a gelatinous substance; in chem., a mixture that doesn’t settle & can’t be separated
261CO7Warm & friendly (… relations), adj.; or a liqueur (cherry …), pangram noun
271CO7Small Toyota sedan, or the inner ring of flower petals
291DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
311DI4Pickle spice
301DI5Phallus-shaped sex toy
321DO4Small human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
341DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
331DO6US currency
351DR5Power tool with bits for making holes, or practice for an emergency (fire …); noun
361DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
371DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
381ID4Punk rocker Billy; “American …” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
391IL5Hip bone
411LA4Animal or criminal den
421LA4Pig fat for cooking
431LA4Put something down
441LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
461LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
451LI5Purple flower or shade
471LO4A unit of laundry, noun; or to fill up a truck, verb
491LO4Crazy, Spanish
501LO4A particular point or place
511LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
521LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
481LO5From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
531OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
541OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
581RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
551RA6Grouping of people based on shared physical characteristics (regardless of …, creed, or color)
561RA6Modern tire design; or arranged like spokes of a wheel, adj.
571RA7Extreme or new (… idea, change), adj.
591RA7Car or wagon that is part of a train, compound
601RA8Trains & tracks, compound noun; ends in below (“I’ve been working on the …”)
611RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
621RI4Small stream
631RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…ed the waters)
641RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, 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.