Bee Roots for 2023-02-22

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: T/GILNPY
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 175
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: NotFromUtrecht - Own work, 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, ...)
1GI4Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
2GL5,8Give out or reflect small flashes of light, verb/noun
1IG8Catch fire, or cause to do so
1IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
2LI4,7Singsong accent
2LI4,5Dryer fluff
1PI416 fluid oz., or typical UK beer serving
1PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
1PI7Large hole in the ground, noun; set someone in competition against, verb
3PI4,7,9Feeling of sorrow for someone who’s had misfortunes, noun or verb (Mr. T: “I … the fool ...”)
1TI6Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
2TI4,7Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
2TI4,7Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
1TI5Silvery-white metal, atomic number 50 (Cat on a Hot … Roof)
1TI7Color slightly (…ed with pink), verb/noun
2TI6,8Slight prickling or stinging sensation, noun/verb
2TI4,7Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
2TI4,6Very small, adj., “Christmas Carol” kid
2TI5,7The end of a pointed thing, noun; money given for good service, noun/verb
1TI8Drink alcohol, verb; or the drink, slang noun
1TI7Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
1TY5Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
1TY6What you do on a keyboard

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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