Bee Roots for 2022-11-14

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: A/BCEHLW
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 138
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia/Denny-Moeller Talent, Inc.

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, ...)
11AB4Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something, adj. (She was … to walk at 14 months)
21AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
31AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
41BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
61BA4Infant, slugger Ruth, or pig film
81BA4Parcel of hay, or actor Christian
91BA4Where Cinderella lost her slipper, noun; or squeeze or form into a spherical shape, verb
101BA4Cry noisily
71BA5Genesis “Tower of …,” noun
51BA6Talk rapidly in a foolish or excited way (like an infant); homophone of Genesis “Tower of …,” verb
111BE5Sandy shoreline
121BL4Reveal a secret by indiscreet talk
131BL4Dull, informal adj. or exclamation
141BL6Chlorine laundry whitener
191CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
151CA5Secret political faction
171CA5Thick wire rope (… bridge), San Francisco trolley (… car), or insulated wire (power or USB …)
181CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
201CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
161CA6Jewish mysticism; usually starts with K
191CA8Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
221CH4Crunch, grind, or gnaw with your teeth
211CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
221CH8Crunch, grind, or gnaw with your teeth
231CL4Lobster’s pinching “hand,” or animal’s sharp fingernail
241EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
261HA4Strong, well, fit (… & hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
271HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
251HA5Kosher in Islam
281HE4Recover from injury
291HE6Loud, harsh cry of a donkey or mule; or TV country music variety show from Nashville; compound noun/verb
281HE8Recover from injury
311LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
301LA5Tag or sticky paper with info (Avery mailing …)
321LE5Dissolve out by percolating liquid, verb; or “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin
331WA4Ridge on fabric (corduroy, e.g.) or a ship (gun-…), homophone of large marine mammal (humpback, e.g.)
341WA4Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
351WE4Archaic noun for that which is best for someone or something (common-…); remove –THY from end of rich synonym
361WH5Large marine mammal (humpback, e.g.)

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.