Bee Roots for 2022-03-02

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: G/AEFLOP
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 133
  • 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, ...)
11AG4Very excited to hear or see something, adj.
191AG5Stare open-mouthed
21AL4Pond scum
22AL5Pond scum
31AL6Claim without proof
41AP6Climax, or furthest point of moon’s orbit
51EA5A bald one is the national bird
61FL4Old Glory
91FL4Whip (a dead horse?), verb + gerund (2 words)
71FL8Tail on microorganism or sperm that propels it, Latin plural
81FL8Mast used to fly Old Glory, compound pangram
101GA4Stick with hook or barbed spear for fishing, or sailboat spar, NOT a social or speaking faux pas
121GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
141GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
151GA4Strong wind storm
161GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
191GA4Stare open-mouthed
201GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
111GA5Social or speaking blunder
181GA5Lively ballroom dance, popular in the 19th century, named after a horse's top speed
131GA6A “herd” of geese
171GA6Horse's top speed
211GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
221GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
231GL4Sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant (2 spellings)
231GL5Sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant (2 spellings)
241GO4Objective, or sport target or point
261GO4Twain said this sport is a “waste of a good walk,”
271GO4Mistake, noun; or fool around (… off), verb
301GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
251GO6Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
281GO6Popular web search site
291GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
311LE5Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
321LO4Theater section behind orchestra
331LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
341OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
351OG4Eye amorously
361PA4Book leaf, noun; or summon with a beeper or announcement, verb
371PO4Bouncy “stick”

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.