Bee Roots for 2022-11-24

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: P/ILNORU
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 120
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
11LI4Fat-sucking procedure, abbr.
41LO4Closed curve
31LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
21LO8Sucking candy on a stick
51OP7Belief or judgment (“In my humble …)
61PI4Tablet of medicine
101PI5Poster of a sex symbol ("model" or "girl"), or how you tack it to the wall
91PI6Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
111PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
71PI7Passenger seat behind rider on motorcycle or horse; starts with above
121PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
141PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
151PO4Croquet on horseback
161PO4Swimming venue
171PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
181PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
201PO4Smutty images
211PO4Flow rapidly in a steady stream
131PO5Disease that put FDR in a wheelchair
201PO5Smutty images
191PO6Plain-woven fabric, typically a lightweight cotton, with a corded surface
251PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
221PR5Protein particle thought to cause mad cow disease
231PR5Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
241PR7In grammar, word that refers to people being discussed (I or you, e.g.)
261PU4Hungarian herding dog with dreadlocks
271PU4Tug on, verb
281PU4Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice
301PU4A knitting stitch, NOT an oyster gem
321PU4Happy cat rumbling sound
291PU5Student, or black dot at center of eye
311PU7Steal, esp. secretly, pangram verb (Poe’s “The …ed Letter”)
81UN5Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
331UP4Fairy tale-starting preposition (“Once … a time”)

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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