Bee Roots for 2022-03-03

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: M/ACENPT
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 195
  • 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, ...)
11AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
21AM4Prayer-ending word
32AP6Tarzan the …
41AT7Make an effort to achieve or complete something, verb/noun
51CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
61CA4Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
71CE6Powder mixed for concrete & mortar
91EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
81EM7Flow or originate from (warmth from a fireplace, e.g.)
111EN5Rectal wash (Fleet, e.g.)
61EN6Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
101EN9Make a bill into law
61EN10Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
121MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
131MA4♀ parent, slang
151MA4Hair on a horse or ♂ lion’s neck
181MA4Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
131MA5♀ parent, slang
161MA5Exodus food from the sky
171MA5Ray (fish)
191MA5Dull finish on paint or photos
141MA7Florida creature AKA “sea cow”
201ME4The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
211ME4Animal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
231ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
241ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
271ME4Beyond prefix, greek
281ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
201ME5The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
221ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
251ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the…)
261ME6Experienced and trusted adviser, usually an older person
291NA4What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
301NA8Cloth strip sewn into clothing to identify the owner (compound made from what you're called and narrow strip of material)
311PA5S Am treeless grassland
321PA6Cent. Am. country with a canal & hat
332PE6Archaic for writer; compound made from “ink stick” & ♂ …
341TA4Not wild, adj./verb
351TA4Pack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
361TE4Group of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; … up, verb
381TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
391TE4Office worker fill-in, slang abbr.
401TE5Entice (as a donut to a dieter, e.g.), verb
371TE8A fellow player in the same group, compound
411TE8Set of rooms within a house, or cheap multi-family bldg.

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.