Bee Roots for 2022-03-31

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: I/CEFHLY
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 123
  • 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, ...)
11CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument
51CH5Leader or ruler of a people, tribe or clan, noun; most important, adj.
61CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (…con carne)
71CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (…out)
31CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2X fashionable)
41CH6Milky latex of the sapodilla tree, used to make chewing gum & start of a square gum brand name
71CH6Cool (in the fridge), or relax (…out)
51CH7Leader or ruler of a people, tribe or clan, noun; most important, adj.
81CI6Aromatic white-flowered plant of the parsley family, with fernlike leaves
101CL5Steep rock face (white ones of Dover)
91CL6Phrasé that’s overused
111CY6Regularly repeated, (○ related adj., like a bike’s full name)
131FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
141FI4Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
161FI4Folder of related papers, or tool for smoothing edges (fingernails, e.g.), noun/verb
171FI4Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
121FI5Shortened word for a flat piece of film containing microphotographs of the pages of a newspaper, catalog, or other document
151FI5Steal casually or secretly
181FI5Young ♀ horse
191HI4What Jack & Jill went up
191HI5What Jack & Jill went up
201IC5Frozen water
211IC6Frozen water spear from drips
221IF4On condition
231IL4not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
241LI4Itchy hair parasites
251LI4Cereal Mikey prefers, board game, or “death” antonym
261LI4Monet floral subject (water …)

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.