Bee Roots for 2022-03-28

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: L/CGIORW
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 98
  • 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, ...)
11CL4Reason to use Drāno, or wooden shoe, or a type of dancing
21CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
51CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
71CO4Hood for a monk or superhero
31CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
41CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
61CO7A woman who herds and tends cattle, usually on horseback (pangram)
91GI4Fish breathing organ
101GI4Young ♀
81GI6Male escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
111GL4Incandescence or luminescence, noun/verb
121GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
131GR5BBQ cooker; or interrogate, slang
141GR5Make a low guttural sound in the throat, verb/noun
151IG5Ice house
181IL7Thinking that is rational, noun + adj.
161LO4Crazy, Spanish
171LO4A particular point or place
191LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
211LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
181LO5Thinking that is rational, noun + adj.
201LO7Balance competition with timber in water, compound, ends in list word
221OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
231RI4Small stream
241RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…-ed the waters)
251RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
271WI4Last … & testament, or actor Ferrell
261WI5Expressing agreement, especially acceptance of instructions received by radio
281WI6“Weeping” tree, or 1988 Val Kilmer fantasy film
291WO4Warm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.

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.