Bee Roots for 2023-03-18

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: I/ACOPRT
  • Words: 65
  • Points: 352
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Gadgetronix

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, ...)
1AC6African or Australian wattle tree
1AC4Trendy smoothie berry
1AI7Where you catch flights, compound
1AO6Main blood pipe from heart
1AP7Soft juicy orange-yellow fruit with a pit, resembling a small peach
1AR6North Pole adj. (… Circle or Ocean)
1AR4Opera solo
1AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
1AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
1CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
1CA9Component in an electric circuit that stores charges for a little while
1CA7Rio de Janeiro native
1CA9Italian hors d'oeuvre consisting of thin slices of raw beef or fish served with a sauce
1CA5Group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand
1CI4“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
1CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
1CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
1CI6Tree genus that includes lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, or the fruit of those trees
1CO5Central American raccoon
1CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
1CO4Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes & matting
1CR6Fault-finder (“everyone’s a …”), or arts & dining reviewer
1CR5Small plant that blooms early in spring
1IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1OC6Aquatic animal with eight arms
1OP5Relating to the eye (… nerve), med. adj.
1OR8Religious music for orchestra & voice (Handel’s Messiah, e.g.)
1PA4Twosome (socks, aces, e.g.)
1PA7Musical suite of variations, usually for a solo instrument
1PA5Outdoor terrace adjoining a house, from Spanish (… furniture)
2PA7,9Person who vigorously supports their country & is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors (… Act or missile)
1PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
1PI7Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley, & butter (chicken or veal …)
1PI5One of a series of small ornamental loops forming an edge on ribbon or lace
1PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
1PI7Someone from a ship that flies the Jolly Roger; sea thief, often depicted with an eye patch
1PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
1PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
1PO7Roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building
1PO8Depiction of someone on canvas (… artist, self …)
1PR7Penis adj.: resembling one, relating to ♂ sexuality, or having a persistently erect one; from Greek mythology
1PR5Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
1RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
1RA5Proportion in math (Golden …, e.g.)
1RI7Italian cheese used in lasagna
1RI4Civil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
1RO4Indian flatbread that isn’t naan
1TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
1TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
1TA7Cassava root starch used in pudding & boba tea balls
1TA5Animal similar in appearance to a pig, lives in Central & S America & SE Asia
1TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
1TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition, compound
1TO5Subject of a discussion (his ears must have been burning because he was the current … of conversation)
1TO5Shinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
2TO4,5Donut shape
1TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
1TR7Benedict Arnold, e.g.
1TR9Italian restaurant with simple food
1TR6Fine-knitted fabric, from French “to knit”
1TR4Musical group of 3 (Kingston …)
1TR4Journey, noun (you’ve won a … to Paris!), or stumble (… over your own 2 feet), verb
1TR6Area near the equator

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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