Bee Roots for 2022-02-25

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: D/CIMNOU
  • Words: 22
  • Points: 99
  • 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, ...)
11CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
21CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
31CO6Penis wrapper that prevents pregnancy and STDs
41CO11Self-owned apartment with an HOA
51DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
71DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
101DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
91DO6Spotted playing tile (“bones”)
81DO8Sovereign authority over a country or people (Canada was a…from 1867 to 1951)
121DU5Shoulder-shrug non-response to a question; “I have no idea”; slang
111DU6Soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, lollipop brand with a doubled name, or slang for stupid person
131ID5Slang phrase particular to a language (“raining cats & dogs”), noun
141MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
151MI4Intention (I changed my…), noun; or dislike (I don’t…a little rain) or heed (…your manners), verb
181MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
171MO5Slang for something huge or remarkable, or Italian for “world”
191MO5Small hill or large pile (plural is also a candy bar with coconut and dark chocolate)
161MO7Small quantity, especially of something desirable or valuable
201OD5General or widespread hatred or disgust
211UD4Japanese noodles
61UN4Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)
61UN5Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)

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.