Bee Roots for 2022-12-22

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: A/GLMOPY
  • Words: 60
  • Points: 238
  • 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, ...)
1AG4Very excited to hear or see something, adj.
2AL4,5Pond scum
1AL5Put (fears) at rest
1AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
1AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
1AM7Mixture or blend (Ag/Hg dental fillings, e.g.)
1AM4A supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
1AM5Plentiful, adj. (her … bosom)
1AM4Abbr. for … nitrite "poppers" you sniff at a rave; or C₅H₁₁ on its own
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 …)
1GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
1GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
1GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
1GA6Horse's top speed
1GA5Lively ballroom dance, popular in the 19th century, named after a horse's top speed
1GA4Competitive form of play (poker, soccer, Scrabble, etc.)
1GA5Γ, γ (3rd Greek letter), & shortest-length EM radiation (… rays)
1GA5Homosexual (used especially of a man); lighthearted and carefree (dated)
1GL4Movie star beauty & style; or women’s magazine
1GO4Objective, or sport target or point
1LA5Fall behind, verb/noun
1LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
1LA4Illuminating device
1LA8Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
1LL5S Am camel
2LO4,5Fertile, sandy soil
1LO8Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
2LO5,7Faithful, devoted
1MA5Hot fluid below Earth’s crust; lava before it’s erupted
1MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
2MA4,5♀ parent, slang
2MA6,9Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
1MA4Hellman’s sandwich spread, slang abbr.
1MO5♀ parent, slang
1MO5$, slang (from Fiji)
1OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
1PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
1PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
2PA4,5Underside of hand, or coconut tree
1PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
1PA5S Am treeless grassland
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
1PL4Staged drama, or what kids do at recess
1PO8Having more than 1 spouse at a time, pangram noun
1YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins
1YO4Bendy, meditative exercise on mats

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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