Bee Roots for 2023-03-06

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: F/AGIKLN
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 200
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: The Aviationist

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, ...)
1AL7Grass for hay, or Little Rascal
2FA4,7Don’t pass a test
1FA6Phony, noun/verb
2FA4,7Autumn, noun; or plummet, verb
1FA7Device, manual or electrical, that moves air for cooling or drying, noun/verb; enthusiastic supporter of a sports team
1FA4Large sharp tooth, esp. of a dog, wolf, or vampire
1FI6Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
1FI6Folder of related papers, or tool for smoothing edges (fingernails, e.g.), noun/verb
1FI6Of or due from a son or daughter, adj.
2FI4,7Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
1FI9Get something by devious or dishonest means
1FI5Last one (… exam, “… Countdown”)
1FI6Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
1FI6Ornament at end or top of an object
2FI4,7Inform on someone, slang noun/verb
2FL4,8Old Glory
2FL5,8Swing (arms) wildly
1FL4Anti-aircraft fire (the bomber pilots wore … jackets)
1FL7Small, flat, thin piece of something (Corn …s); or unreliable, eccentric person, noun/verb, gerund form is a pangram
1FL4Caramel-topped custard
1FL8A projecting flat rim, collar, or rib, noun/verb
2FL5,8Side of an animal's body between the ribs and the hip; or a side of an army or navy, noun/verb, gerund form is a pangram
2FL5,8Throw forcefully (monkeys often … poop at spectators)
1GA4Stick with hook or barbed spear for fishing, or sailboat spar, NOT a social or speaking faux pas
1IN6Add material until the container or hole is at capacity
1IN9Material that plugs a hole, noun; or build on vacant land in a dense city
1KN7Cutting tool with a blade attached to a handle, noun/verb
1NA4Inexperienced person (from French)

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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