Bee Roots for 2022-02-27

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/GHIPNW
  • Words: 44
  • Points: 232
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
21GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
31GO4Thug, noun
41GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
51GO4Long dress worn on formal occasions
11GO5leave; move from one place to another
51GO7Long dress worn on formal occasions
61HI5African river horse abbr.
91HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
81HO6Sharpen (a blade or skill)
111HO6Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
71HO7Large pig, noun; refuse to share, verb
91HO7O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
101HO7Move by jumping on one foot
141NO412:00, midday, 🕛
131NO5Used, especially in jocular or dialectal speech, to emphasize a negative
121NO6Head, slang (use your…), noun
151ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
11ON7leave; move from one place to another
161OP7Express a belief or judgement
171OP7Belief or judgment (“In my humble …)
181OW5Have an obligation to pay or repay
191OW6Possess, verb; or something that belongs to you, pronoun (I got QB on my …)
211PH5Record player, slang abbr.
201PH7Device to make calls (tele…)
221PI6Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
221PI9Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
231PO4Bouncy “stick”
241PO4Early Atari table tennis game
251PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
261PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang
281PO6North American Indian ceremony involving feasting, singing and dancing
231PO7Bouncy “stick”
261PO7Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang
271PO7Make a light explosive sound (… the cork, … the question)
301WH4Hit hard, or the sound of a hard hit (American informal - drop an O from loud cry of joy or excitement)
291WH5Loud cry of joy or excitement, noun/verb
291WH8Loud cry of joy or excitement, noun/verb
301WH8Hit hard, or the sound of a hard hit (American informal - drop an O from loud cry of joy or excitement)
321WI4Someone who overuses fermented grape juice, slang
311WI6Separate chaff from grain, or narrow down to the best (… out)
311WI9Separate chaff from grain, or narrow down to the best (… out)
331WO6Seek the favor or support of someone; or try to convince someone to marry you
341WO6Rhyming exclamation of excitement or joy (Homer Simpson)
351WO6Exclamanation expressing astonishment or admiration; or greatly impress someone, verb

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.