Bee Roots for 2022-12-03

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/ADEHOT
  • Words: 62
  • Points: 254
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: John C. H. Grabill, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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, ...)
2AD5,7Get used to a new situation, or modify for new use
1AD5Very skilled or proficient at something, adj./noun
3AD5,7,7Legally take responsibility for someone else's child; choose to take up, follow, or use
1AP4Large primate without a tail, including gorilla, chimpanzees, and orangutans, noun/verb
1AT4Opposite of bottom
1DA6Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water
1DE4Not shallow
1DE5Place to store large quantities of equipment or food; or a railroad or bus station
1DE5How far under the water you are (… charge)
2DO4,5Simpleton, or slang for drugs
1EP4Fencing sword
1EP5Form of lyric poem written in couplets, in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, from Greek
1HE6Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
1HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
1HE6A group of seven
2HO4,6O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
1HO6Move by jumping on one foot
2HO4,5Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
1HO6Asian dish similar to fondue; AKA steamboat (compound)
1OP4Sunfish, kingfish, Jerusalem haddock, or redfin ocean pan; close to TV queen with her OWN network & magazine
1OP5Make a choice from a range of possibilities (he …ed for the red one)
1PA6Thick piece of soft material used to cushion something, noun/verb
1PA4Father, slang
1PA6Touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand, verb; or simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing, adj. (… answer)
1PA4Chopped liver (… de foie gras) or other spréâd (French), or archaic for a person’s head
1PA4Walking or bike trail
1PE6Outer shell of small green spherical veggies, usually 2 words
1PE4Fuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
1PE4Urinate, slang
2PE4,6Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
1PE6Energy, liveliness, noun/verb
1PE6Animal kept in your house, noun/verb
1PH4“Excellent” in hip-hop slang, NOT obese
1PH5Picture made using a camera, abbr.
1PO4Author of verse
1PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
2PO4,6Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO6Make a light explosive sound (… the cork, … the question)
1PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
1PO6(Historical or British) sweet or pretty child, or voodoo doll
1PO6Large container for cooking (…s and pans); or marijuana, slang
1PO7Heavy marijuana user, slang, compound pangram
1TA6Touch lightly, verb/noun, or spout for water or beer
1TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
2TA4,5Adhesive strip
1TE6Vessel for heating water to pour on crushed Camellia sinensis leaves to make a hot drink, compound (I'm a little …, short and stout)
2TE5,6Native Am conical hut; 2 spellings
1TO6Opposite of bottom
2TO4,5Small grayish slender-bodied shark, or mango tree grove; homophone of grayish-brown color

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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