Bee Roots for 2023-02-13

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: D/ACINOR
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 345
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
1AC6Treaty, or large Honda sedan; noun; or agree (we are in …), verb
1AC9Handheld instrument with keys and buttons (think polkas), pangram
2AC4,6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
1AC5Strong & unpleasant taste or smell, adj.
1AD5Decorate (… with) (Xmas tree, e.g.)
1AN8South American snake that can grow very large
1AN7Metal support for fireplace wood (firedog)
1AN7Non–Apple phone OS, or humanoid robot (do they dream of electric sheep?)
2AR7,8Region or scene of simple pleasure or quiet, city near LA, or mountainous southern region of Greece
1AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
1AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
1CA6Unfounded rumor (that old …), or plane forewing
1CA6Unposed photo, or frank; adj. (Smile! You’re on “… Camera”)
1CA6The quality of being both open and honest
1CA5Member of the dog family, noun
1CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry, verbified noun
1CA7Heart, medical adj. (… arrest)
1CA6Exercise that works the heart, slang abbr.
1CA8Heart-shaped curve in math
1CI6Noisy 17–year insect
1CI924–hour body rhythm, physiology adj.
1CO4Concluding event, remark, or section, especially in music
1CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
1CO7Agreement or harmony among nations or other groups
1CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
1CO6Large vulture like bird
1CO4Unit of firewood, or a string-like object (umbilical, vocal, electric …)
1CO6Line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing access, noun/verb (they'll have to … off the building)
1CO7Bullfight, Spanish (… de toros)
1DA4Mild exclamation; or mend holes in socks, verb
1DI5Arab $, not supper
1DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
1DO4Extinct bird; or stupid person, slang
1DO5Someone who gives (blood, organs, $)
1DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
1DO4Room or bldg. entrance
1DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
1DR9Harsh law, named for the first legislator of Athens (also think of one of Harry Potter's nemeses at Hogwarts)
1DR8Synonym for harsh law, or having the form of a dragon
1DR5What sink water goes down
1DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
1IN6Subspecies of cannabis plant
1IN7Bulk-mail postage stamp substitute, or other distinguishing mark
1IN6Not outside
1IN6Progress (make), usually plural noun, contains street synonym
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA5Lowest point, rock-bottom, depths; or below the observer in astronomy
1NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
1OD4Bad smell (body …)
1OR6Make someone a priest
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
1RA6Unit of angular measure of a ○
1RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
1RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
1RA5Harmful gas that seeps into homes; atomic no. 86
1RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
1RA6Adj. for food with oil or fat that smells off
1RA4Kirk’s Yeoman Janice on Star Trek, or South African $
1RA5Slang for odd or suspicious person (short for chosen by chance)
1RI4Tough outer skin of certain fruit, especially citrus
1RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
1RO5Musical form with recurring theme, often final movement of a piece, from Italian
1RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance

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.

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