Bee Roots for 2022-03-25

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: A/DEINPX
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 216
  • 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, ...)
11AD5Join something to something else
21AD6Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
21AD7Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
31AD71 of the 4 bases in DNA
51AI4Assistant to an important person, esp. military or political (…-de-camp), noun
61AN5Building add-on (“The Learning …”)
61AN7Building add-on (“The Learning …”)
71AP4Large primate without a tail, including gorilla, chimpanzees, and orangutans, noun/verb
81AP4Highest part of something, especially one forming a point
91AP5Bee-related adj.
101AP5Sleep breathing disorder
111AP6Tack on supplemental material; ends in list word
111AP8Tack on supplemental material; ends in list word
121AP8Part of the colon often removed due to inflammation, or supplemental book chapter; pangram
131AX4Tool for chopping wood
141DA6Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water
151DE4Not alive
171DE4College administrator, or actor James of “Rebel Without a Cause”
151DE6Not alive
161DE7Say something funny with a straight face
151DE8Not alive
161DE10Say something funny with a straight face
181EN6A group of 9, from Greek (such as the 9 Egyptian deities “The Great …”)
191EX6Become or make larger (my waistline will … after Thanksgiving)
191EX8Become or make larger (my waistline will … after Thanksgiving)
201ID4Thought or suggestion (here’s a new …), noun
211IN5Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
221NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
231NA4Nothing, Spanish
251NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
281NA4Scruff of the neck
241NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
271NA6Brief period of sleep during the day
261NA7♀ goat, or nursemaid
291NE4Tide with least difference between low & high water
321PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
351PA4Single sheet of window glass
371PA4Father, slang
381PA4Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
311PA5Song of praise or triumph
341PA5Chinese bamboo-eating bear
351PA5Single sheet of window glass
301PA6Thick piece of soft material used to cushion something, noun/verb
321PA6Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
331PA6Something you cook food in, noun; try to find gold in a stream, verb; something a critic loves to do, verb
361PA6Toasted Italian sandwich

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.