Bee Roots for 2022-03-01

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: L/FGINVY
  • Words: 23
  • Points: 134
  • 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, ...)
21FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
31FI5Young ♀ horse
11FI6Folder of related papers, or tool for smoothing edges (fingernails, e.g.), noun/verb
21FI7Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
41FL5Throw forcefully (monkeys often … poop at spectators), verb + gerund (2 words)
51FL6What airplanes and most birds can do, verb; or common insect, noun
41FL8Throw forcefully (monkeys often … poop at spectators), verb + gerund (2 words)
71GI4Fish breathing organ
61GI6Silly laugh; verb/noun
71GI7Fish breathing organ
61GI8Silly laugh; verb/noun
81IL4not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
21IN6Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
91IN9Material that plugs a hole, noun; or build on vacant land in a dense city
111LI4Monet floral subject (water …)
121LI6A queue, what you wait in for your turn
131LI6Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
101LY5Be in a horizontal resting position, or say something false
141NI8Cause slight but persistent annoyance or worry (a …ing suspicion or doubt)
151VI5Time spent awake when usually sleeping, especially to keep watch or pray
171VI5Plastic used to make records
161VI6Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner
161VI9Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner

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.