Bee Roots for 2022-03-14

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: B/DEGINT
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 283
  • 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, ...)
31BE4Past participle of “to exist” (“How have you … doing?”)
41BE4Borscht veg
101BE4Shape into a curve, or Oregon city
121BE4Crooked, adj., or past tense verb for something un-straightened
61BE5Father, verb (archaic, Biblical)
71BE5Start, verb (also Israeli PM)
81BE5Pale sandy yellowish-brown color
21BE6Furniture you sleep on
111BE6Med. term for “not harmful” (… tumor)
141BE6Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
21BE7Furniture you sleep on
91BE7French doughnut
101BE7Shape into a curve, or Oregon city
141BE7Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
141BE8Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
61BE9Father, verb (archaic, Biblical)
71BE9Start, verb (also Israeli PM)
161BI4Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
201BI4Fasten tightly, verb; problematic situation, noun
231BI4Use teeth to cut into food (take a … out of the apple)
161BI5Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
171BI5French bathroom fixture
211BI5Decorative mark worn in the middle of the forehead
221BI5Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
161BI6Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
181BI6Opposite of small
191BI6Receptacle for storing a specified substance, noun/verb; trash can (British)
221BI6Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
232BI6Use teeth to cut into food (take a … out of the apple)
151BI7Offer to pay a price at an auction
191BI7Receptacle for storing a specified substance, noun/verb; trash can (British)
201BI7Fasten tightly, verb; problematic situation, noun
221BI7Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
221BI8Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
251DE4Money you borrowed
241DE5Entry recording an amount owed
241DE7Entry recording an amount owed
241DE8Entry recording an amount owed
261EB5Recede, especially
261EB6Recede, especially
271GI4Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
271GI5Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
271GI6Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
251IN8Money you borrowed
281TI6Small piece of tasty food or gossip

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.