Bee Roots for 2023-02-15

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/ADEGPY
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 154
  • 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.
1AP6Climax, or furthest point of moon’s orbit
3DO5,5,6Avoid by a sudden quick movement (… the military draft; play …ball)
1DO4Extinct bird; or stupid person, slang
1DO5Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO4Chief magistrate of Venice or Rome, historically; now his palace is a museum
1DO6Persistent, adj.; or stalked, verb (domestic canine past tense) + adv. (persistently) (2 words)
1DO5Remaining silent & motionless to hide (lie …) (think domestic canine)
1DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
4DO4,4,5,5Simpleton, or slang for drugs
1EP5Form of lyric poem written in couplets, in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, from Greek
1GE5Rock with crystals inside
2GO4,6Provoke, use a spiked stick to drive cattle
1GO5Sticky or slimy substance
1GO4Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
1GO5Something attractive or desirable, especially something tasty or pleasant to eat
2GO4,5Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1OD4Greek or Roman building used for musical performances (smaller than theaters)
1OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
1PA6Asian tiered tower
1PE6Outer shell of small green spherical veggies, usually 2 words
1PE8Study of the theory & practice of teaching & learning, pangram
2PO4,6Bouncy “stick”, noun/verb
2PO4,6Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO6Make a light explosive sound (… the cork, … the question)
1PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
1PO5Flower used to make opium or honor veterans
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.

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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