Bee Roots for 2023-04-27

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/BDEINT
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 249
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Duane Raver (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) - from Wikipedia

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, ...)
2BE4,6Cow meat, noun; or strengthen, slang verb; or complaint, slang noun
3BE7,9,10Payment or gift made by an employer, the state, or an insurance company, noun/verb (does this job offer …s?)
2BE5,8Of suitable quality (all the news that's … to print), adj.; be of the right shape and size, verb/noun
2BI4,6Strike someone roughly with a fist, slang; eldest son in "Death of a Salesman, or antagonist in “Back to the Future”
2DE6,8Resist an attack or protect from harm
2DE6,7Give the meaning of a word, as a dictionary
1DE8Not vague or doubtful (plans, opinion, proof), adj.
1DE4Neatly skillful, quick & clever (… footwork)
1DE6Openly resist or refuse to obey
1DE7Treat someone or something as a god
1DI9Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
1ED7Instruct or improve someone, morally or intellectually
1EF6Pretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
1FE4Give a meal to
2FE5,7Deceptive movement in sports (esp. swordplay), not "keel over"
2FE4,6Look after & provide for oneself, without any help from others
2FE4,5Honor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
1FE5Extremely foul-smelling, adj.
1FE4What you cover with a sock
1FI6Tell an unimportant lie, verb/noun
1FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
1FI5Devilish person, or slang for addict or fanatic
2FI4,5Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
1FI7Quinceañera age
1FI6Flat appendage on the body of an aquatic animal (dorsal …)
1FI4Locate something that was lost, verb/noun
2FI4,5Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
1FI6Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
1FI6Of suitable quality (all the news that's … to print), adj.; be of the right shape and size, verb/noun
1ID10Find out who or what someone or something is
1IN10Not vague or doubtful (plans, opinion, proof), adj.
1IN8Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
1TI4Petty quarrel, or computer image format

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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