Bee Roots for 2022-02-26

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: O/CHIKPT
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 149
  • 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, ...)
21CH4Cut into pieces (… suey)
11CH5Wheel wedge, noun; or completely (… full o'Nuts coffee), adv.
41CO4Rooster, or slang for penis
61CO4Silver Pacific salmon
71CO4Prep or heat food
91CO4Chicken pen, noun; or confine in a small space, verb (… ed up)
111CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
31CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
101CO5Usually hyphenated verb: take for your own use or for another purpose
51CO7Pilot area of a plane (compound)
81CO7Range that’s either part of an oven or built into a counter (compound)
121HI5African river horse abbr.
131HO4Pawn an item, slang; or quadruped rear leg joint
151HO4“Peter Pan” Captain…, or what snags a fish
161HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
171HO4Owl sound
141HO5Cheap liquor
181HO6Asian dish similar to fondue; AKA steamboat (compound)
191KO4Crazy or eccentric person, NOT a chef
201OC6Aquatic animal with eight arms
211OP5Relating to the eye (… nerve), med. adj.
231PH5Picture made using a camera, abbr.
221PH6Light-related, adj. (ocean “zone” lit by sun)
241PH8Medical adj. for vision under well-lit conditions (not compound, but looks like two words for camera picture pasted together)
251PI5One of a series of small ornamental loops forming an edge on ribbon or lace
261PO4A pustule on the body in an eruptive disease (small- or chicken-…, but singular), or a scar from one (…-mark)
281PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
291PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang
271PO5Dog, slang (don’t screw the…)
301PO7Implement to hang a cooking pan (compound)
331TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition) (compound)
321TI8Compound word that is both parts of a mechanical clock sound
311TO4Reach for and hold; remove (… away)
341TO42nd half of a timepiece sound
351TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
361TO5What you chew with
381TO5Subject of a discussion (his ears must have been burning because he was the current…of conversation)
371TO9Stick for spearing food or removing it from between your pearly whites, pangram

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.