Bee Roots for 2022-11-26

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: I/ACEHLT
  • Words: 72
  • Points: 348
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
21AC4Trendy smoothie berry
11AC6African or Australian wattle tree
31AC6Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
461AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
51AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
621AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
41AT8Person proficient in sports
61CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
71CA7Mineral that’s the principal component of marble; similar to milk nutrient mineral
81CA7Domestic feline hind appendage, or reed (compound)
101CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
91CE6Gluten intolerance disease
111CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
131CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
201CH4IOU note, Navy memo
151CH5Girl, Spanish
181CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
191CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
161CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2x fashionable)
171CH6Milky latex of the sapodilla tree, used to make chewing gum & start of a square gum brand name
121CH7Large cup or goblet, typically used for drinking wine
211CH8Idle small talk; slang compound noun or verb that starts with a list word
231CI4Quote as evidence
221CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
241CL6Phrasé that’s overused
251EC8Wide-ranging tastes, styles, or ideas; adj.
271EL5Select group that’s superior
261EL6Draw out a response, verb
281ET5A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct
281ET7A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct
291HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
301HA6Rock salt
311HE6Full of incessant or frantic activity
331HE7Spiral or corkscrew shape (DNA is a double …)
321HE8Relating to or near the sun
341HI4What Jack & Jill went up
351HI4Sword or dagger handle
361HI5“Psycho” director Alfred nickname, or slang for thumb a ride, verb; or device on a vehicle that allows it to attach a trailer, noun
371IC6Frozen water spear formed from drips
381IL5Hip bone
451IL7Not forbidden by law or custom
401IT4What you scratch (an …)
391IT6𝑆𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦
411LA6Milk adj. (think acid in yogurt or sore muscles)
431LA7Structure such as a pie top crust with strips of dough, e.g.
441LI4Itchy hair parasites
481LI4Singsong accent
491LI4Low-calorie or low-fat in ad-speak (Miller … beer)
451LI5Not forbidden by law or custom
471LI5Purple flower or shade
501LI5Skinny, supple, & graceful (her…figure)
511LI6Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
521LI6Small rounded Chinese fruit with sweet white scented flesh, a large central stone, and a thin rough skin (has at least one alternate spelling)
561TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
581TA4Ankle bone
531TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
541TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
571TA6Fringed prayer shawl
551TA7Perceptible by touch, adj.
541TA8Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
591TE6Last word in name of Cambridge school M.I.T., abbr.
601TI4Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
611TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
621TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
631TI5Cultivation of land, or prepped soil surface, noun; rhymes with “extreme dirt” synonym
641TI5Give 10% of your income to the Church
661TI5Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
671TI6Dot above an i or j, or really small amount
651TI9Stimulate or excite, especially in a sexual way

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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