Bee Roots for 2022-02-24

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: N/ACELOW
  • Words: 56
  • Points: 213
  • 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, ...)
11AC4Teen facial zits
21AE4Geologic time period, spelled with an æsc; “… Flux” anime
371AL5Solitary (… wolf, e.g.), adj.
31AL9Money your parents give you each week or each month when you're a kid, pangram
41AN4Uptight, or butt-related; adj.
71AN4Soon, poetically
441AN4Opposite of old
51AN5Yearly record book
61AN6Heat then cool metal or glass slowly to toughen it
111CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
81CA5Artificial waterway (Erie, Suez, Panama …)
121CA5Tropical “lily”
141CA5Narrow boat with pointed ends, propelled by paddling, noun/verb
161CA5Nikon rival, or accepted (Church) lore, noun
91CA6Leggy French danceOpposite of occupied
101CA6Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
131CA6Wheeled artillery
151CA6Rapeseed oil
171CL4Group of related (Scottish) families
181CL5Make tidy, verb (…your room, young man!); or dirt-free, adj.
191CL5Identical (genetic) copy, or make one, noun/verb
201CL5Circus jester, or fool around, present + pangram past
271CO4Ice cream holder shape
241CO5: (punctuation mark), or intestine
211CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
231CO7Irish term for a young ♀
251CO7Military rank between major & general (Hogan & Klink, e.g.)
261CO7Keep from sight, or keep something secret; verb (use…-er to hide facial blemishes)
221CO9Irish mashed potatoes & cabbage (think large weapon that shoots balls)
281EL4Énérgy, stylé, énthusiasm; from Frénch
291EN6Frilly fabric, or shoestring
311LA4Small road (Beatles’ Penny … or Superman’s Lois …)
321LA4Area of short, mown grass in a yard, garden, or park
301LA5Cavalry pole weapon
331LE4Not fatty (…meat), adj.; or incline (… back in your chair)
341LL5South American grassy plain
351LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
371LO4Solitary (… wolf, e.g.), adj.
381LO4“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
391NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
401NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
411NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
431NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
451NE5Supporting post on a staircase or railing
421NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
461NO4Xmas time, or playwright Coward
481NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
491NO412:00, midday, 🕛
471NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
361NO8From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
501OC5Enormous body of salt water
511ON4A single time (they deliver…a week)
521WA4Decrease (esp. moon), NOT Batman alter ego Bruce
531WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
541WE4Taper someone off of, esp. mother’s milk
551WO6Warm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.

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.