Bee Roots for 2022-12-04

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: I/CDEJNO
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 247
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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, ...)
1CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
1CO7Addictive pain-killer
2CO4,6Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
3CO8,9,11Occur at the same time (… with)
1CO5Ice cream holder shape
2CO7,9Link, connect (… in holy matrimony)
2DE6,7Make up one’s mind
1DE7Killing of a god, noun
1DE6Refuse to give, grant or admit
2DE5,6Frozen water
2DI4,5Spotted cubes you roll, noun; or chop into cubes, verb
1DI4Cease to live
2DI4,5Eat at a restaurant
1DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
1DI51–way semiconductor with 2 terminals
2DJ5,6Arabian air or flame spirit, portrayed as living in lamps & granting 3 wishes, plural + singular (2 words)
1EC7“Killing” of the environment
1ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
2EN6,8Legal term meaning to prohibit someone from doing something
1IC4Frozen water
2IC4,6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
1IN9Statistical frequency or occurrence of something bad (disease, crime, e.g.), noun
1IN6Truly; used to emphasize & confirm previous statement (sometimes follows “yes”); compound
1IN5Unaffiliated with a major studio, slang abbr. (film or music, e.g.)
1IN5Concave belly button, slang
1IO6Element 53, stored in thyroid, added to table salt, used to treat cuts
1IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
2JI4,5Arabian air or flame spirit, portrayed as living in lamps & granting 3 wishes, plural + singular (2 words)
2JO4,6Link, connect (… in holy matrimony)
1NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter
1NI4Number of justices on Supreme Court
1ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")

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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