Bee Roots for 2022-03-10

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: T/AEGLOV
  • Words: 54
  • Points: 242
  • 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, ...)
11AG5Banded quartz, perhaps a toy marble
21AG5Shoelace tip protector
41AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
31AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
51AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
61EA6A bald one is the national bird
71EL5Make someone ecstatically happy, verb
81EL7Raise up, verb
111GA4Hinged barrier, or airplane boarding area
101GA6Slang for a clumsy or oafish person (“You big …”)
91GA7French flat fruit pie
121GA7Medium-paced French dance in quadruple meter, popular in the 18th century, marked by raising rather than sliding of the feet
141GE4Yiddish for $, bet during dreidel game
131GE6Italian ice cream; limone is my fav
151GE6Add locational data to a photo, video, or social media post
161GL5Be smug in your success or your opponent’s misfortune, verb
171GL7Of a sound produced by the opening between the vocal folds; a …stop is the sound of the T in “cat,” e.g.; adj.
181GO4Alt milk source (nannies, billies, & kids)
201GO5Have to do so, slang contraction (I’ve … run)
191GO6Pointed beard
211LA4Running behind (I’m … for class), or deceased (The … Charles Grodin)
221LA5Coffee with espresso & steamed milk
231LE6General or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy; or a member of the clergy, esp. a cardinal, representing the Pope
241LE6Musical direction indicating that the notes are to be played or sung smoothly & connected
251LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
261LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
271OV5Adjective for egg shape (biology)
281TA4Story (fairy…), NOT what dogs wag; noun
291TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
301TA6Rat out your sibling to your parents
321TA6Skin “ink”
311TA10Someone who rats out a sibling (compound)
331TE4Blue-green color, or a duck with a stripe of that color
361TE4Inform, verb; or Swiss archer William with an overture
351TE8Abstain from drinking alcohol (compound)
371TE8Revealing, compound adj.; or indication, compound noun (Poe’s “The … Heart”)
381TO4Wrap worn in ancient Rome (… party)
401TO4Road use fee (collected at a booth)
421TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
431TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
461TO4Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, verb
451TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
391TO6Key or command that switches between two modes, such as the caps lock key, noun/verb
441TO6Drive or move in a leisurely manner, or play gently or repeatedly on a flute
411TO8Barrier across the road that raises when you pay the usage fee (compound)
471VA5Parking attendant, or one who helps you dress
511VE4Presidential rejection of a Congressional bill, noun/verb
501VE6Soft fabric, developing antler cover, or Lou Reed’s “… Underground” rock band
481VE7Relating to plants
491VE8Live in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way
521VO4Unit of electric potential (110 … socket)
541VO4What you do on Election Day, noun/verb
531VO7Electromotive force (… meter); in the US it’s 110 at a typical socket; pangram noun

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.

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Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.