Bee Roots for 2022-03-12

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: M/DEINUZ
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 170
  • 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, ...)
11DE4Consider (I … it a great success)
21DE5What jeans are made of
11DE6Consider (I … it a great success)
41DI4Coin worth 10 cents
31DI6Faintly lit, adjective/verb
51DU6Soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, lollipop brand with a doubled name, or slang for stupid person
61DU7Model or replica of a human being, noun; or create a mock-up, verb
71EM5Alter text to fix errors
71EM7Alter text to fix errors
81IM6Resistant to infection; protected or exempt from
81IM8Resistant to infection; protected or exempt from
81IM9Resistant to infection; protected or exempt from
101ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
111ME4Repair, especially clothes or shoes
121ME4List of things you can order in a restaurant
131ME4Mediterranean appetizer platter
101ME5Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
131ME5Mediterranean appetizer platter
91ME6Between small and large, or a way of sending a message (McLuhan's The … is the Message)
111ME6Repair, especially clothes or shoes
141MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
151MI4A person’s look or expression, NOT an average
161MI4Silent performer
171MI4Intention (I changed my…), noun; or dislike (I don’t…a little rain) or heed (…your manners), verb
181MI4Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
191MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
161MI5Silent performer
181MI5Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
201MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
171MI6Intention (I changed my…), noun; or dislike (I don’t…a little rain) or heed (…your manners), verb
221MI6Rearmost sail & mast on a ship
211MI7Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
211MI8Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
211MI9Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
241MU6Loose, brightly-colored Hawaiian dress with a double name
231MU7Wet dirt

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.