Bee Roots for 2022-03-22

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/ACGIMN
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 234
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
11AM6Unit of electric current, noun; or make someone more excited or energetic (figurative, based on that unit of current)
21AP5Large primate without a tail, including gorilla, chimpanzees, and orangutans, noun/verb
31AP5Bee-related adj.
41CA4Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
41CA7Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
61CA7Put a lid or cover on something; or provide a fitting climax or conclusion
51CA8Organized course of action to achieve a goal, noun/verb (political …)
51CA11Organized course of action to achieve a goal, noun/verb (political …)
71GA6Stare open-mouthed
81GI4Derogatory slang for someone with a leg injury, or cord with a wire used in upholstery trimming
81GI7Derogatory slang for someone with a leg injury, or cord with a wire used in upholstery trimming
91IM9Have an effect or impact, especially a negative one; or advance over an area belonging to someone or something else (usually followed by "on")
101MA7Diagram that shows where things like towns, roads and water are, noun/verb
111MI8Special abbreviated training camp for football players held usually in the spring or early summer
121NA7Brief period of sleep during the day
131NI7Pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply, verb/noun
171PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
211PA4Stab of emotion (… of guilt or regret)
241PA4Father, slang
151PA5Heathen; worshiper of the old gods (… rituals)
181PA5S Am treeless grassland
221PA5Lose your cool in a crisis (at the disco?)
141PA6Walk back & forth anxiously
161PA6Book leaf, noun; or summon with a beeper or announcement, verb
201PA6Cent. Am. country with a canal & hat
231PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
171PA7Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
191PA7Something you cook food in, noun; try to find gold in a stream, verb; something a critic loves to do, verb
251PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
281PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
311PI4Query a computer to determine connection speed; or get a sonar hit; or first word of informal name for table tennis
261PI6Outdoor dining on a blanket (from a basket?)
301PI6Evergreen tree with cones, noun; or to long for, verb
321PI6Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
331PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
271PI7Animal that is the source of bacon
281PI7♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
291PI7Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
311PI7Query a computer to determine connection speed; or get a sonar hit; or first word of informal name for table tennis

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.