Bee Roots for 2022-04-03

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: M/AEGHOP
  • Words: 26
  • Points: 83
  • 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, ...)
11AH4Throat-clearing, attention-getting sound
21AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
31GA4Competitive form of play (poker, soccer, Scrabble, etc.)
41GA5Γ, γ (3rd Greek letter), & shortest-length EM radiation (… rays)
51HE4Iron-containing biological compound (in blood, e.g.)
61HE4Cannabis plant, or the fiber from it used to make rope
81HO4Where you live
71HO6Tribute to someone (the song is an … to Cher)
91HO8Default web browser start site, compound pangram
101MA4Literary term for a wizard
121MA4♀ parent, slang
111MA5Hot fluid below Earth’s crust; lava before it’s erupted
121MA5♀ parent, slang
131ME4Greek prefix for large, often used to mean 1 million
141ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
151ME4Office note abbr.
161MO4Sulk, brood; verb
121MO5♀ parent, slang
171OM5Last Greek letter Ω, watch brand, fish fatty acid
191OO5Enthusiasm, slang (imitative of sound made during exertion) (extra …)
181OO6Rhythmic sound of deep-toned brass instruments; close to Willie Wonka workers’ name start
201PA5S Am treeless grassland
211PO4Verse that usually rhymes, from Frost et al.
221PO4Botany term for apple or pear (think French)
231PO4Ceremonial public display (Elgar’s “… & Circumstance March” at graduations)
241PO6Cheerleader accessory

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.