Bee Roots for 2023-08-22

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: T/AKLOUW
  • Words: 27
  • Points: 94
  • Pangrams: 1
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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, ...)
1AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
1AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
1AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
1AU4Car, abbr., or “self” prefix
1KO6Act in an excessively subservient manner
1LO7A person stationed to keep watch for danger or trouble, compound
1LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
1LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
1LO4Uncouth & aggressive ♂, noun
1OU6Someone who has done something illegal, especially one who remains at large, noun; or make something illegal, verb, compound
1OU7Someone's point of view or general attitude about life; or prospects for the future; or Microsoft email program, compound
1OU7Overcome in speaking or argumentation; compound made from opposite of in plus speak
1TA4Speak (… to the hand!)
1TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
1TA6Animal fat rendered for candles or soap
1TA6Skin “ink”
1TA4Not slack, as a rope, adj.
1TO4Reach for and hold; remove (… away)
1TO4Road use fee (paid at a booth)
1TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
1TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
1TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)
1TO4Promote, or offer horse racing tips
1TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond
1WA7Sudden angry departure, especially as a protest or strike, compound pangram
1WA4Unit of electric power
1WO4Slang exclamation of elation, or Amazon daily deals siteag motto "Don't … on me"

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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