Bee Roots for 2022-11-17

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: P/AILMNT
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 208
  • 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, ...)
11AP5Bee-related adj.
21AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
31IM6African antelope or Chevy sedan
41IM7Pacemaker or IUD, e.g., pangram
51IN5Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances, adj.
61LA4Illuminating device
71LI4Walk with a bad leg, verb; or soggy noodle adj.
81NA6“I love the smell of [this incendiary gel] in the morning”
91PA4Bucket, NOT white-faced
101PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
151PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
161PA4Underside of hand, or coconut tree
171PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
211PA4What a dog does when it’s hot, verb; or singular of trousers, noun
221PA4Father, slang
111PA5Latex or oil-based wall coating
181PA5S Am treeless grassland
231PA5Pontiff adj.
121PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
191PA6Cent. Am. country with a canal & hat
201PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
251PA6Green film from aging on copper, or sheen on wood from polishing
131PA7Roof of the mouth
241PA7Small rounded bump on body part such as tongue (from Latin)
141PA8Resembling a royal residence (Buckingham?); spacious & splendid, adj.
261PI4Tablet of medicine
271PI4♂ who controls prostitutes, noun/verb
291PI416 fluid oz., or typical UK beer serving
331PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
311PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
281PI6Stuffed añimal with toys & cañdy that you hit with a stick
321PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
301PI7Large duck named for its hind feathers; compound; ends in list word; think “…the...on the donkey” kid’s party game
341PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
381PL4Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
411PL4Construction map; omit end vowel in dish synonym
351PL5Ordinary, unadorned, NOT a 747; adj.
371PL5Hair braid, noun/verb
391PL5It has leaves, roots, & flowers (potted …), noun; or place a seed in the ground, verb
361PL6Legal term for an accusation, or literary noun for a grievance; usually starts with COM–
421PL6Flexible, often has COM– prefix; anagram of legal term for an accusation
401PL8Banana variety
441TA4Pack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
451TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
431TA8Red light at back of car, compound
461TI7Common bland-tasting fish
471TI7Kettledrums, Latin plural

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.

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