Bee Roots for 2022-03-26

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: T/ABIMNO
  • Words: 60
  • Points: 310
  • Pangrams: 2
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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, ...)
11AB5Head monk, perhaps at Downton
21AB11Detest or loathe, verb (better know in its -tion form)
31AM5Scope, obscure noun (Netflix chess film “The Queen’s G…”)
41AM8Strong desire to achieve success
71AN4Opposed to (prefix), NOT uncle’s wife nickname
61AN6Ceremonially smear someone with oil, or designate as a successor
51AN9Bring to life (cartoons), verb; or living, adj.
381AN10Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
81AT4Smallest unit of matter, “… Ant” superhero, noun/adjective (… bomb)
91AT6Succeed in getting, or reach; verb (… nirvana)
101AT7Archaic verb meaning to corrupt
111BA4(Put a) worm on a fishing hook; verb/noun
131BA5Thin stick used by a conductor or passed in a relay race
121BA6Small chicken breed or boxing weight class
141BI5The animal and plant life of a particular region
151BI6Vitamin B7
161BO4Small ship, as in “tug-”
191BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
181BO6Small tuna relative; Spanish for “pretty” (masc)
201BO6Underside, or slang for ass
171BO7Person who operates a small ship (compound)
211IM9Copy someone’s speech or mannerisms
241IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
221IN10Cause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
231IN10Extremely close & personal (… apparel)
571IN10Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
251IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
271MA5Ray (fish)
261MA8Keep up (appearances), or support; verb
281MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
291MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
301MO4Water ditch surrounding a castle
311MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
331MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
321MO6Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
351NA6Swimming or floating adj. from Latin
361NA6Country, or temperance activist Carrie
341NA7Hypothetical, very small, self-propelled machine,
391NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
381NO8Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
371NO10Propose a candidate for election or an honor
401OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
411OB6Get, acquire, or secure
421OM4Leave out, verb
431ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
441OT7Turkish Empire; or low, upholstered seat or footstool without a back or arms
461TA4Tin foil for the backs of mirrors
451TA5Forbidden, cultural no-nos
471TA5Smear of corruption or pollution, noun/verb
481TA6Brown chemical in tea & wine used to preserve leather, noun
491TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
501TA6Skin “ink”
521TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
511TI5Shin bone
531TI5Pre-Olympic god, largest Saturn moon, or industry bigwig
551TO4Burial vault (Who’s in Grant’s...?)
581TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
591TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
541TO6Ketchup & ragù fruit
561TO6New Zealand small bird (Magnum, P.I star 1st name + breast, slang)

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.