Bee Roots for 2023-08-09

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: N/ADELYZ
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 190
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: African Wildlife Foundation

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, ...)
2AD6,7Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
2AN7,8Examine the elements or structure of something; both the gerund and the past tense are pangrams
1AN5Yearly record book
2AN6,8Heat then cool metal or glass slowly to toughen it
2AN4,6Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body, adj. form also means uptight
1DA5Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
2DE6,8Not alive
1DE4College administrator, or actor James of “Rebel Without a Cause”
1DE4Refuse to give, grant or admit
1DY4Unit of force in physics: 1 g / sec.²
1EL4Énérgy, stylé, énthusiasm; from Frénch
1EL5African antelope, noun; put a consonant after the end of above
1EN5Final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story, noun/verb
1EN6A group of 9, from Greek (such as the 9 Egyptian deities “The Great …”)
1LA5Load cargo (root is archaic, derivatives are still in use)
2LA4,6Alight on the ground, verb/noun
1LA8♀ who owns your apartment (compound)
1LA4Small road (Beatles’ Penny … or Superman’s Lois …)
2LE6,8Guide your group from the front; be ahead in a game; dull gray metal
3LE4,6,6Not fatty (… meat), adj.; or incline (… back in your chair)
1LE4Allow someone to borrow from you (“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, … me your ears”)
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
3NE4,5,6Require; verb/noun
2NE6,7Tool to sew, noun; or goad, verb
1NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
1YE6Basic monetary unit of Japan, noun; or longing; noun/verb
1ZA4Amusingly unconventional

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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