Bee Roots for 2022-03-06

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: C/ABEILP
  • Words: 44
  • Points: 222
  • 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, ...)
11AB5Bead calculator
31AC4Trendy smoothie berry
21AC6African or Australian wattle tree
41AL6S Am mammal similar to but smaller than a llama
331AP5Walk back & forth anxiously
51AP6Each, or cost per item, adv.
61AP10Relevant or appropriate (pangram)
71BA7Rod-shaped microorganism
91BI5Large muscle in the front of the upper arm
81BI8Holy book (starts with Genesis)
141CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
171CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
101CA5Secret political faction
131CA5Thick wire rope (… bridge), San Francisco trolley (… car), or insulated wire (power or USB …)
151CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
111CA6Jewish mysticism; usually starts with K
121CA6Taxi driver, slang
161CA7Fit to do or achieve a specified thing
141CA8Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
201CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
181CE5Person who’s well-known, slang abbr.
211CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
191CE6Gluten intolerance disease
221CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
241CL4Device to hold things together (paper or hair...)
241CL9Device to hold things together (paper or hair...)
251EP4Long poem celebrating heroic feats, noun; or historically important, adj. (… struggle, … quest)
261IC6Frozen water spear from drips
271IL5Hip bone
281IP6Medicinal syrup that induces vomiting, used to be used for poisonings
291LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
301LA4Non-cleric + non-clerical
301LA6Non-cleric + non-clerical
311LI4Itchy hair parasites
321LI5Purple flower or shade
331PA4Walk back & forth anxiously
341PA6Official residence of a sovereign, archbishop, or other exalted person
361PE8Similar to Spanish for "film," a protein film (on teeth & smoked meat, e.g.)
371PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
381PI5Section of something larger (homophone of “tranquility” term), noun; or assemble (…together), verb
391PL5A particular position or point in space, noun/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.