Bee Roots for 2022-12-11

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: N/ADHMOW
  • Words: 28
  • Points: 104
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1AD5♂ who writes sales pitches, compound
1AD7♀ who writes sales pitches, compound
1AN4Soon, poetically
1DA4Condemn to Hell, verb; or exclamation of frustration
1DA41st appearance of light in the sky
1DO4↓ elevator button you push to go to the lobby from a higher floor
1HA4What sticks out of your sleeve
1MA6Crazy ♂, compound (if plural, Don Draper’s retro TV show)
1MA8Crazy ♀, compound
1MA6Wealth that’s an evil influence, per the New Testament & Milton
1MA7State of being a grown ♂ rather than a child
1MA5Exodus food from the sky
1MO4Sound of pain or sexual pleasure (Harry Potter’s ghost “…-ing Myrtle”)
1MO5Soul-like thing in Leibniz' metaphysics; or math (category theory)/computer functional programming term for a single entity (think 1st name of Leonardo’s smiling Lisa + 1st letter of his last name)
1MO5Slang for something huge or remarkable, or Italian for “world”
1MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
1MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
1MO4Cut grass or a crop
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NO5Used, especially in jocular or dialectal speech, to emphasize a negative, compound
1NO5Wanderer; or member of a people without a permanent home, who travel to find food, livestock pastures, or work
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
1WA4What a magician, wizard, or TSA agent waves
1WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
1WO5♀ (Julia Roberts “Pretty…”)
1WO9State of being a grown ♀ rather than a child, pangram

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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