Bee Roots for 2023-01-10

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: O/AGHPRT
  • Words: 61
  • Points: 239
  • 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.
1AG5Ancient Greek market
1AO5Main blood pipe from heart
1AT4Opposite of bottom
1GA5Croc cousin, slang abbr.
1GO4Alt milk source (nannies, billies, & kids)
1GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1GO4Trail mix of dried fruit & nuts
1GO4Person who wears dark clothing, dark rock genre, or German invader of Rome
1GO5Have to do so, slang contraction (I’ve … run)
1GR5Medieval coin, or hulled kernels (bulgur, e.g.) used in soup & porridge (kasha, e.g.)
1GR4Watered-down (nautical) rum
1GR6Small picturesque cave (the Blue … in Capri)
1HO4Crystallized frost
1HO4O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
1HO6US Marine cheer word, each syllable pronounced separately
1HO4Owl sound
1HO4Jewish circle dance (“The …”)
1HO6Scary Steven King genre
1HO6Asian dish similar to fondue; AKA steamboat (compound)
1OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
1OP4Sunfish, kingfish, Jerusalem haddock, or redfin ocean pan; close to TV queen with her OWN network & magazine
1OR6Make a speech
1PA9Squad of soldiers who drop from planes; (…-er)
1PA6Talking tropical bird, noun; or to mimic someone, verb (pic of me)
1PH7Ancient Egyptian ruler (watch the vowel order!)
1PH6Someone who takes pictures for a living, slang
2PH5,10Picture made using a camera: short form is more common in the Bee, long form is a pangram
1PO4Bouncy “stick”
1PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
1PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
1PO4Nautical “left,” harbor, or wine from Lisbon
1PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
1PR10Spread and promote an idea widely; or grow new plants from a parent plant
1RA6Fabric car roof, or slang for convertible; compound that starts with old cloth
1RA7Close relationship with good communications
1RA6Carnivorous bird (eagle. hawk, owl, vulture) or dinosaur (veloci-…)
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO4Plant anchor that sucks up water
1RO7Move in a circle around an axis or center
1RO5Device or blade that spins
1TA7Central plant anchor that grows straight down (others branch off it) & sucks up water; compound; a carrot is one
1TA4Asian veg that sounds like next word
1TA5Fortunetelling cards
1TA6Skin “ink”
1TH6Front of neck, “Deep …” Watergate source
1TO4Wrap worn in ancient Rome (… party)
1TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
1TO5What you chew with
1TO51st 5 books of Bible in scroll form for Jews
1TO4Bull, Spanish
1TO6Lethargy, not quite hibernation
1TO4Legal wrong, NOT pastry
1TR5Soldiers (usually plural), or unit of Boy or Girl Scouts
1TR4Fast walking pace for horses or people
1TR5Archaic var. of “honesty”; you pledge your … in marriage vows

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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