Bee Roots for 2022-12-29

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: O/EGHILP
  • Words: 44
  • Points: 156
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: By Muhammad Mahdi Karim - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia

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, ...)
1EL5Run away to marry
1EP6“Afterword” section of a book, nontraditional spelling (missing –ue)
1GI6Male escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
2GL4,5Sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant (2 spellings)
1GO6Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
1GO6Popular web search site
1GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
1GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1HE8Satan’s pit; an oppressive or unbearable place; compound noun
1HE5Phone greeting
1HI5African river horse abbr.
1HO4Golf ball target (get a …-in-one), noun/verb
1HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
1HO4Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
1IG5Ice house
1LI4Fat-sucking procedure, abbr.
1LO4Theater section behind orchestra
1LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
1LO9Word lover, pangram, from Greek
1LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
1LO8Sucking candy on a stick
1LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
1LO4Closed curve
1LO8Ambiguity or inadequacy in the law; compound noun
1LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
1OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
1OG4Eye amorously
1OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
1OL5Skateboard jump, or Stan’s slapstick partner
1PE8A way to find out who's knocking at the door; compound noun
1PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
1PI7Rude term for mouth (“shut your…”), abyss where you shove this pecan tart
1PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
1PO4Bouncy “stick”
1PO4What a firefighter slides down
1PO5Disease that put FDR in a wheelchair
1PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
1PO4Croquet on horseback
1PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
1PO4Swimming venue
1PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)

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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