Bee Roots for 2022-03-07

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: A/IPRTUY
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 185
  • 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, ...)
11AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
21AP5Separately (…from that), or in pieces (taken…); ends in list word
31AP6Honey-producing beehive collection
41AP7Soviet admin system (…-chik)
51AR4Opera solo
71AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
61AR5Ordered series, esp. math
81AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
91AT5Flower oil for perfume
101AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
111PA4Twosome (socks, aces, e.g.)
121PA4Father, slang
181PA4Some but not all, or line combed into hair
141PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
171PA5Ward off a weapon with a countermove, esp. in fencing
201PA5Celebration (birthday…, retirement, toga, e.g.)
211PA5Peppermint candy (& friend of Marcie in “Peanuts”) or burger form
131PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
151PA6Egyptian writing sheet made from plant fiber
161PA6State or condition of being equal, esp. status or pay (achieve …), noun
191PA7Musical suite of variations, usually for a solo instrument
221PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
231PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
241PI9Tiny gland attached to brain base that controls metabolism & growth, pangram
251PR4Brit slang for a fool or butt (“…-fall”); similar to “Jurassic Park” actor Chris
261PR4Appeal to God; what you do in a house of worship
271PU4Immature insect stage
291RA4Fascinated, mesmerized; adj.
281RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
311RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
301RA6Uncommon; steak served with red inside
321RA7Machine gun sound
331RA7Device to catch large rodents, or a run-down place, compound
341TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
371TA4Waterproof sheet used as outdoor roof, abbr.
381TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
411TA4Not slack, as a rope, adj.
351TA5Animal similar in appearance to a pig, lives in Central & S America & SE Asia (my pic)
361TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
401TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
391TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
421TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
441TR4Device for catching things
451TR4Use it to carry drinks
431TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
461YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins

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.