Bee Roots for 2022-12-12

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: G/EHILTW
  • Words: 25
  • Points: 126
  • 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, ...)
3EI5,6,9Number of legs on a spider
1GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
1GE4Yiddish for $, bet during dreidel game
1GH4Indian clarified butter
1GI6Silly laugh; verb/noun
1GI4Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
1GI4Fish breathing organ
1GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
1HE6Measure of how tall something is
1HI4Opposite of low; or greater than normal (… definition TV), or stoned (… as a kite), adj.
1HI9Mark text with a yellow pen, verb; or a memorable event (her visit was the … of my day), compound noun/verb
1LE5Conforming to the law or to rules, adj., also a slang abbreviation (they were married at the time of the birth, so their baby was …)
1LI5Feudal superior (“Yes, my …”)
1LI5Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
1LI11Boxing class between 125–132 lbs, not heavy, or not serious, compound pangram, contains list word
1TH5Part of leg between hip & knee
1TI5Having no slack (all my pants have become too … since the lockdown started), adj.
1TW4Slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub, or small stick
1TW8Sun’s glow below horizon at dawn & dusk; or Bella, Edward, & Jacob vampire movie
1WE5Put something on a scale to determine heaviness
1WE6What the scale reads in lbs or kg, noun (my … has gone up since the lockdown started)
1WI6Squirm (leave some … room for your toes in new shoes); what worms do
1WI5Archaic for ghost, or “Isle of…” in English Channel off Hampshire coast; homophone of snow 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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