Bee Roots for 2023-04-14

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: Y/AGELNO
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 214
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1AG5Extreme pain
1AL5Put (fears) at rest
1AL5Narrow passageway between buildings. (… cat, …-oop)
1AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
1AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict, noun/verb
1AN7Comparison (life is like a box of chocolates)
1AN5Irritate, vex, irk
1AN6Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body
1AN6Unspecified person, “nobody” antonym; compound
1EE4Snake-like fish
1EG4What baby birds hatch from
1EL5Poem that’s a lament for the dead
1GA6Ship or plane kitchen
1GA6Said of a person who is tall, thin, and awkward
1GA5Homosexual (used especially of a man); lighthearted and carefree (dated)
1GE9Study of family history, pangram
1GE7Study of rocks
1GO6Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
1GO5Informal exclamation of surprise (part of Little Richard song title “Good …, Miss M...”)
1GO5Sticky or slimy substance
1GO6Unfocused or rolling eyes, adj.; or cricket bowling variation
1GO5Black-footed albatross
1LA5Fall behind, verb/noun
1LA8Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
1LE6Not fatty (… meat), adj.; or incline (… back in your chair)
1LE5Body part that connects the rest of you to your feet
1LE7Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
1LO4Sluggish, adj., or “study of” suffix
1LO8Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
1LO6Solitary (… wolf, e.g.), adj.
1LO5“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
2LO5,7Faithful, devoted
1NA5Annoy or irritate with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
1NY5Synthetic stocking fabric
1OE8Study of wine
1ON5Pre-molded tooth restoration that covers chewing surface
1ON4Sole, nothing more (“I’m … human!”)
1YA4Representing heaven, positivity, masculinity, and activity (Chinese philosopy)
1YE4Shout (Billy Idol’s “Rebel …”)
1YO4Bendy, meditative exercise on mats

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout