Bee Roots for 2022-12-08

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: P/AGLNOY
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 193
  • 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, ...)
1AP7Acknowledgement of regret (I owe him an … for my insult)
1AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
1AP5Submit your résumé (to a college or job), or be relevant (terms & conditions may …)
1GA6Horse's top speed
1GA5Lively ballroom dance, popular in the 19th century, named after a horse's top speed
4GL4,5,6,6Sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant (2 spellings)
2GO4,5Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
2LO4,5Closed curve
1NO10Acknowledgement of regret (I owe him an … for my insult)
1OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
1PA5Heathen; worshiper of the old gods (… rituals)
1PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
1PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
1PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
1PA4Stab of emotion (… of guilt or regret)
1PA7Splendid display; complete or impressive collection of things
1PA4Father, slang
2PA5,7Pontiff adj.
1PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
1PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
1PA6Bribe paid to a radio DJ to air a particular song
1PL4Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
1PL4Staged drama, or what kids do at recess
1PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
1PL4Cunning ruse
1PO4Bouncy “stick”
1PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
1PO4Croquet on horseback
2PO7,9Geometric figure with an unspecified number of sides
1PO5Small growth on a stalk (in your colon, e.g.)
1PO4Early Atari table tennis game
1PO4Yankee Doodle went riding into town on this small horse breed
1PO4Swimming venue
1PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO5Flower used to make opium or honor veterans
1PY5Traffic cone or endzone marker
1YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins

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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