Bee Roots for 2022-11-29

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: C/ABEIMN
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 213
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1AB5Bead calculator
1AC6African or Australian wattle tree
1AC4Trendy smoothie berry
1AC4Peak; or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
1AC4Teen facial zits
2AM8,8The character and atmosphere of a place (both spellings are pangrams)
1AM6Single-celled organism that can change its shape
1AN6Fatigue due to red blood cell shortage
1BA4French for bench; judges sit “en …” as a full court
1BE6Turn into; or begin to be; or qualify as (She hopes to … a doctor)
1CA6Poolside gazebo
1CA6Taxi driver, slang
1CA5Private room or compartment on a ship; small wooden house in a remote area (Abe Lincoln grew up in a log …)
1CA6Alligator with name similar to British Caribbean islands (George Town) (alt spelling is the same)
1CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CI6Place they show movies
1EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
1EM8Renowned (scholar); used with “domain” to mean gov property grab
1IA6Poetic metrical foot (…ic pentameter)
2IC6,6♂ who delivers frozen water, one “Cometh” in O’Neill play, "Top Gun" pilot
1IM9About to happen (… demise, e.g.), adj.
1MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
2MA5,6Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
1ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
1ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the …)
1MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
1MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
1MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
1MI5Chop finely
1MI7British term for a car that is used as a taxi but must be ordered in advance because it is not licensed to pick up passengers who hail it in the street (the word suggests "small taxi")
1MI7Small, handheld video-capturing device used by TV reporters
1NI6Vitamin B3
1NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter

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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