Bee Roots for 2022-03-27

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: O/ADMPRU
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 157
  • 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, ...)
11AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
21AM5Love in French, noun
31AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
41AR5Protective covering against weapons (suit of …)
51AR5Pleasant smell (baking bread, e.g.)
61AU6Polar lights (… Borealis)
71DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
91DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
101DO4Room or bldg. entrance
111DO4Student housing abbr.
121DO4Gloomy appearance or manner
81DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
141DR4Let fall, verb; or a tiny amount of liquid, noun
131DR5Sag, or hang limply
161MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
171MO4Othello (“The …”), noun; or to tie up a boat, verb
151MO5♀ parent, slang
181MU7Where you take off your shoes after playing outside (compound)
191OD4Bad smell (body …)
201PA7Government-owned hotel in Spain
211PA8Release people or supplies from a plane by ‘chute
221PA8Married person’s mistress (from French ‘by love’)
231PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “… & Circumstance March” at graduations)
261PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang
271PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
291PO4Flow rapidly in a steady stream
251PO6Cheerleader accessory
241PO9Upswept hairstyle named after a mistress of French King Louis XV, pangram
301PR4Poke, nudge, or spur (reluctant person or cattle)
311PR4Formal dance held in springtime
331PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
321PR5A piece of publicity or advertising, especially in the form of a short film or video
341PR5Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of your own achievements, or those of someone close to you
351RA6Stick for loading a gun, or adj. for rigid posture (compound)
361RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
381RO4Wander, or use your phone on another network
391RO4Lion “shout”
401RO4Play roughly and energetically, verb/noun
411RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
421RO4Chamber of a house (kitchen, bed-…, bath-…), noun/verb
371RO7Diagram that shows where highways and towns are (compound)
431RU5Scuttlebutt, gossip (… has it)
441UP4Women's hairstyle in which the hair is swept up and fastened away from the face and neck
451UP6Furor, turmoil

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.