Bee Roots for 2022-03-16

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: P/ACENTX
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 181
  • 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, ...)
11AC6Consent to receive, or come to believe; verb
11AC10Consent to receive, or come to believe; verb
21AP4Highest part of something, especially one forming a point
31AP5Sleep breathing disorder
131AP5Walk back & forth anxiously
51CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
41CA6Small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party
61CA6Short feline snooze, compound
71EP4Fencing sword
91EX5Someone who lives in a foreign country
81EX6Not including; other than
101EX6Look forward to something
101EX9Look forward to something
111NA4Scruff of the neck
121NE4Tide with least difference between low & high water
131PA4Walk back & forth anxiously
141PA4Formal agreement, treaty (don’t make one with the Devil)
181PA4Single sheet of window glass
191PA4What a dog does when it’s hot, verb; or singular of trousers, noun
201PA4Father, slang
211PA4Chopped liver (… de foie gras) or other spréâd (French), or archaic for a person’s head
151PA5Song of praise or triumph
221PA6Legal document that protects an invention
161PA7Remedy for all difficulties or diseases
171PA8Italian bacon
221PA8Legal document that protects an invention
241PE4Fuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
271PE4Backside of a hammer
281PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
331PE4Archaic for “repressed,” now used as …-up frustration, adj.
251PE5smooth pinkish-brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut; pies made with this are a specialty of the American South
301PE51/100 of a £, or former VP & Indiana Gov
321PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
261PE7Someone who has committed a sin; archaic, based on the Latin word for sin
291PE7What you do to atone for a sin
311PE7Baseball banner
341PE7Five-carbon chain
351TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
361TA4Adhesive strip
371TE5Native Am conical hut; 2 spellings
371TE6Native Am conical hut; 2 spellings

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.