Bee Roots for 2022-03-29

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: C/AIMOTX
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 126
  • 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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
51AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
41AT6Smallest unit of matter, “… Ant” superhero, noun/adjective (… bomb)
61AX9Statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true; a dictum or truism; noun
91CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
101CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
71CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
81CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
111CI4“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
121CO4Outdoor jacket (trench-…)
141CO4Gently persuade (… into), or slang abbr. for a TV cable
151CO41st part of popular soda brand name
181CO4Prolonged unconscious state
221CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
231CO4Med. term for hipbone or hip joint; anagram of “persuade” list word
31CO5Do something
131CO5Central American raccoon
161CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
171CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
191CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
201CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
211CO6Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
241MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
251MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
271TA4Mexican filled tortilla, or “… Bell” restaurant
281TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
261TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
291TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
321TO5Poisonous, adj.; or Britney Spears hit
311TO6♂ feline, compound that starts with a ♂ name (Selleck, Petty, e.g.)
301TO7Virtuoso musical piece (Bach’s “...& Fugue in D Minor”)

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.