Bee Roots for 2022-11-19

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: A/CDKPRT
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 148
  • 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, ...)
11AD5Get used to a new situation, or modify for new use
21AP5Separately (… from that), or in pieces (taken …)
31AP7Soviet admin system (…-chik)
51AT5Flower oil for perfume
41AT6Assault, noun (an enemy …) or verb (… the problem head-on)
61AT7Entice, lure, or evoke (… attention; opposites …), verb
81CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry, verbified noun
91CA4Gefilte fish source, noun; or to complain (… about), verb
111CA4Shopping trolley you push
71CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
101CA7British word for a lot or garage where you can pay to leave your car temporarily
121CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
141CR4Excrement, or something of extremely poor quality, noun/verb
131CR5Slang for cocaine you smoke, or fracture line, noun + adj.
151DA4Absence of light
161DA4Spike thrown at a board
171DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
181DR4Mild exclamation of annoyance used by cartoon villains, anagram of spike thrown at board
201KA4Small racing vehicle (Go-…), NOT shopping basket
71KA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
191KA510th Greek letter, popular in frat & sorority names
211PA4Throw clothes into a suitcase, verb
221PA4Formal agreement, treaty (don’t make one with the Devil)
231PA4Father, slang
241PA4Large public green area in a town, used for recreation (a walk in the …, or …s & rec), noun; or turn your car off and leave it temporarily, verb
261PA4Some but not all, or line combed into hair
251PA5Warm hooded coat, usually lined with fur or fake fur
271PR4Brit slang for a fool or butt (“…fall”); similar to “Jurassic Park” actor Chris
281RA4Frame used to lock up bikes, set up billiards balls, organize spices, or dry dishes, e.g.
301RA4Fascinated, mesmerized; adj.
291RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
311RA7Machine gun sound
321RA7Device to catch large rodents, or a run-down place, compound
331TA4Small nail (thumb…, carpet…), noun; use one, or sail into the wind, verb
341TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
351TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
361TA4Waterproof sheet used as outdoor roof, abbr.
371TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
381TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
421TR4Device for catching things
391TR5What people, cars, & horses race on
411TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
401TR8Alt name for computer touch input device (mouse substitute); compound pangram

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.

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