Bee Roots for 2023-04-07

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: P/AGIKLN
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 309
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1AP5Large primate without a tail, including gorilla, chimpanzees, and orangutans, noun/verb
1AP5Bee-related adj.
2AP6,9Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
1GA9Ramp used to board a ship, compound
1GA6Stare open-mouthed
1KA510th Greek letter, popular in frat & sorority names
1KI7Bowling comedy with Bill Murray; or person essential to success; or crime boss, compound noun
1KI5Hebrew term for Jewish head covering
1LA7Flat area between the waist and knees of a seated person, noun; or once around a racetrack, noun/verb; or take up liquid with the tongue in order to drink
1LI7Body part with which you kiss
1NA7Brief period of sleep during the day
1NA6Paper or cloth used to wipe mouth when eating
1NI7Pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply, verb/noun
1PA5Heathen; worshiper of the old gods (… rituals)
1PA6Book leaf, noun; or summon with a beeper or announcement, verb
1PA7Relating to the pages of a book or periodical
1PA4Bucket, NOT white-faced
2PA4,7Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
1PA11Having the ability to make you feel better when something hurts, compound adj. (he was addicted to … medication)
1PA7Close friend or good buddy, noun; the verb form is usually "… around"
1PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
1PA6White-faced, NOT a bucket
1PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
1PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
1PA7Something you cook food in, noun; try to find gold in a stream, verb; something a critic loves to do, verb
1PA4Stab of emotion (… of guilt or regret)
1PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
1PA4Father, slang
1PA5Pontiff adj.
1PA7Small rounded bump on body part such as tongue (from Latin)
1PI7Animal that is the source of bacon, noun/verb
1PI6Heap, stack (dirty laundry, raked leaves, etc.), noun/verb
2PI4,7Tablet of medicine
1PI9Rob using violence, especially in wartime
1PI7Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
1PI6Evergreen tree with cones, noun; or to long for, verb
2PI4,7Query a computer to determine connection speed; or get a sonar hit; or first word of informal name for table tennis
2PI4,7“Raise Your Glass” singer, color between red & white, or cut a scalloped edge (…ing shears)
1PI6Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
1PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
1PL5Ordinary, unadorned, NOT a 747; adj.
2PL4,8Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
1PL7Flat geometric surface; or short for flying vehicle
2PL5,8Long, thin, flat piece of timber, used especially in building and flooring (pirates or mutineers might force someone to walk the …)
2PL5,8Short, sharp, metallic or ringing sound, noun/verb

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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