Bee Roots for 2023-01-30

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: Y/AEHNPT
  • Words: 27
  • Points: 136
  • 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, ...)
1EY8Cuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper (I’d give my … for); Possibly only in Spelling Bee, can also be singular
1HA5Pleased (“Don’t worry, be …”)
1HY5Scavenging, laughing wild dogs
1HY4Intense promotion, noun or verb (“Don’t believe the…”)
2HY6,9Punctuation between compound words (dog-friendly, e.g.)
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
1NA5Well dressed, adj.
1NE5UK outhouse, slang; or butterfly & fish mesh catcher adj.
1PA5♀ undergarment, slang (…hose)
1PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
1PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
1PA5Peppermint candy (& friend of Marcie in “Peanuts”) or burger form
1PA5Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
1PE5Fuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
1PE51¢ coin
1PE5Energy, liveliness, noun/verb
1PE5Trivial (… crime) (think late “Heartbreakers” singer Tom)
1TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
1TE5Minuscule, or trendy youth (…-bopper)
1TH4Plural non-gendered pronoun (… were delicious candies)
1TY4What you do on a keyboard
1YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins
1YE4Informal affirmative reply
2YE5,5Matchmaker or gossip, Yiddish

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.

A few words can have one meaning as a suffixed form and another as a stand-alone word. EVENING, for example. In those cases I will use the meaning that I think is more common.

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout