Bee Roots for 2023-03-31

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: Y/ABGINR
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 180
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: US National Park Service

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
1AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
1AN5Feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility, noun/verb
2AR5,8Ordered series, esp. math
2BA4,7Infant, noun; or treat like one, verb
1BA5Container made of flexible material with an opening at the top, used for carrying things, noun/verb
1BA6Indian “strangler” fig tree
1BA6Broad inlet of the sea where the land curves inward, noun; or brown horse with black points, noun; or bark or howl loudly, verb
1BI6Composed of two things, adj.; or (math) expressed in base 2 (the computer bit is short for … digit)
1BI7Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat, fish, or vegetables
1BR6Boast about your accomplishments, verb or noun
1BR6What you think with (or, in the case of some men, what you should think with)
2BR4,7Donkey sound
1BR6Prickly shrub (… patch)
1BR5Soak food in very salty water before cooking
1GA5Talk at length, typically about trivial matters
1GR6Seize suddenly & roughly, verb
1GR6Cereal crop used as food, wheat for example; pattern of fibers in wood, paper or fabric
1GR7Storage for threshed cereals
1GR6Your parent's mother (familiar)
2GR4,7Black & while shade (50 of them?)
1NA5Annoy or irritate with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging
2NA5,8♀ goat, or nursemaid
1NA4Dialectic negation (I survived with … a scratch)
1NI5Foolish or silly person
1RA5Liquid precipitation
1RA5Tall and slim with long, slender limbs, adj.
1RA6Stream of light
1RI5Curved bone, part of the chest
1YA4Representing heaven, positivity, masculinity, and activity (Chinese philosopy)
1YA4Knitting thread, or wild story

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It follows in Kevin Davis' footsteps. The original set of 4,500 clues came from him, and they still make up about three quarters of the current clue set.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. 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.

A few words can have one meaning as a suffixed form and another as a stand-alone word. EVENING, for example. In those cases I will use the meaning that I think is more common.

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