Bee Roots for 2023-02-25

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: A/DILNTU
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 231
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Alvesgaspar - 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, ...)
1AD5Not a child anymore
1AL11How far up in the air you are
1AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
1AN4Uptight, or butt-related; adj.
1AN5Yearly record book
1AN6Yearly, adj.
1AN5Void a marriage
1AN6Ring-shaped object, structure, or region
1AN4Opposed to (prefix), NOT uncle’s wife nickname
1AT6Succeed in getting, or reach; verb (… nirvana)
1AT11A settled way of thinking or feeling, that shows in your behavior
1AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
1AU5Review financially (tax returns or business ledgers)
1AU4Parent’s sister
1DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
1DA5Make someone feel intimidated or apprehensive (a task, opponent, or situation)
1DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
1DU4Having two parts; NOT pistols at ten paces
1IN7First (letter, as in J.R.R. Tolkien)
1IN6Not on the coast
1IN6Decorate something by embedding pieces of a different material in it, flush with its surface
1LA5Hawaiian island or porch
1LA4Alight on the ground, verb/noun
1LA7Tropical perennial flowering plant in the verbena family
1LA11How far from the equator you are; or freedom of action or choice
1LA4Praise, verb/noun
2LA4,4Put something down
1LU4Hawaiian BBQ
1LU4Roman moon goddess, or nutrition bar brand
1LU6½–moon shaped fingertip base white area (Latin "little moon")
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
1NA4Spike that’s hammered, noun/verb
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5Latin adj. relating to place or time of birth
1NA6Swimming or floating adj. from Latin
1NA7Cephalopod mollusk with a spiral shell, namesake of Captain Nemo's submarine
1TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
1TA5Smear of corruption or pollution, noun/verb
1TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
1TA6Fringed prayer shawl
1TA4Ankle bone
1TA6Brown chemical in tea & wine used to preserve leather, noun
1TA5Provoke with words
1TA4Not slack, as a rope, adj.
1TI5Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
1TI5Pre-Olympic god, largest Saturn moon, or industry bigwig
1TU4Chicken of the sea (Ahi …)
1UL4Forearm bone opposite radius
1UN6Put something down
1UN8Move with a smooth up-and-down motion

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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