Bee Roots for 2022-12-14

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: F/DEGINO
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 284
  • 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, ...)
3DE6,8,9Resist an attack or protect from harm
3DE6,7,8Give the meaning of a word, as a dictionary
1DE6Openly resist or refuse to obey
1DE7Treat someone or something as a god
3DE5,8,9What you get when a cloud is at ground level (there was a multi-car pileup because of thick …)
1DI9Make something seem worthy or impressive (I won't … that with an answer)
3DO4,6,7Remove a hat or clothing
1ED7Instruct or improve someone, morally or intellectually
2FE4,7Give a meal to
3FE5,7,8Pretend to have a particular feeling (…enthusiasm)
3FE4,6,7Look after & provide for oneself, without any help from others
1FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
1FI5Devilish person, or slang for addict or fanatic
3FI4,5,6Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
1FI6Flat appendage on the body of an aquatic animal (dorsal …)
2FI4,7Locate something that was lost, verb/noun
3FI4,5,6Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
2FO6,7What you get when a cloud is at ground level (there was a multi-car pileup because of thick …)
1FO5One with “old” fashioned ideas
1FO4Having an affection or liking for (I’m … of my dog)
1FO4What you eat; victuals
1FO6Slang for eating & cooking enthusiast
3GO4,6,7Mistake, noun; or fool around (… off), verb
1IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
2OF5,6Murder (slang); gerund form also means the near future
3OF6,8,9Cause to feel upset, annoyed, or insulted (I didn’t mean to … you with my remark)

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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