Bee Roots for 2023-04-23

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: W/ADELON
  • Words: 60
  • Points: 274
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Time

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, ...)
2AL5,7Permit, verb
1AN4Opposite of old
1AW4Feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder, noun/verb
2DA6,7Move slowly and idly
2DA4,61st appearance of light in the sky
1DE8HBO historical western, part of a tree that is no longer alive, or something no longer useful, compound noun
1DO5Connecting or supporting peg or rod
2DO4,6↓ elevator button you push to go to the lobby from a higher floor
2DO8,10Copy a song, video, or app from the cloud to your computer or phone, compound, past tense is a pangram
2DW5,7Reside at, or linger over a worry
2EN5,7Bequeath $, or given by "Creator with unalienable Rights"
1LA4Area of short, mown grass in a yard, garden, or park
1LE4Obscene (behavior, usually)
1LO5Opposite of high; sound made by cattle
1LO7Slang compound adj. for mean & unfair (… dog), or noun for “inside info” (get the … on), compound
1LO7Sunken terrain, or region of Scotland if plural, compound
1NE5Supporting post on a staircase or railing
1OW4Have an obligation to pay or repay
1OW5Possess, verb; or something that belongs to you, pronoun (I got QB on my …)
1WA6Compress something soft into a lump or ball (the kids were shooting spit …s in study hall)
2WA6,7Walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion
2WA4,5Walk in ankle-deep water
1WA4Ridge on fabric (corduroy, e.g.) or a ship (gun-…), NOT large marine mammal, NOR a loud, unhappy sound from a baby
2WA4,6Barrier between rooms, or Pink Floyd album ("The …")
2WA6,8Roll around in mud, or indulge "in" emotion (misery, self-pity)
1WA4What a magician, wizard, or TSA agent waves
2WA4,5Decrease (esp. moon), NOT Batman alter ego Bruce
1WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
1WE4Archaic noun for that which is best for someone or something (common-…); remove –THY from end of rich synonym
2WE4,6Taper someone off of, esp. mother’s milk
2WE4,6Unwanted plant, noun, or remove them from the garden, verb
2WE4,6Join metal with a blowtorch
2WE4,6Hole in the ground you draw water from
2WE4,6Go, in a non-linear route; meander; (of person, river, path)
1WO5Seek the favor or support of someone; or try to convince someone to marry you
3WO4,6,6Forest (Pooh’s “100 acre …”) or tree flesh, noun
1WO8Tree-covered terrain (…creatures), compound noun
2WO4,6Warm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.
1WO5Exclamanation expressing astonishment or admiration; or greatly impress someone, 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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