Bee Roots for 2023-08-30

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: A/DILNTY
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 272
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Alvesgaspar - Own work, 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, ...)
1AL5Put (fears) at rest
1AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict, noun/verb
1AL4Illumination, noun/verb (Let there be …)
1AN5Yearly record book
1AN4Opposed to (prefix), NOT uncle’s wife nickname
2AN4,6Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body, adj. form also means uptight
1AT6Succeed in getting, or reach; verb (… nirvana), noun form of the adjective form is a pangram
1AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
1DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
2DA6,8Delicately small and pretty, adj. (adverb for is a pangram)
1DA5Move slowly, or have casual sex with
2DA5,7Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
1DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
1DA524-hour period
1DA7Monet’s fav flower, one that lasts only 24 hrs.
1DA6Illuminated by the sun (but not at night), compound adj.
1DI4What you turn on a rotary phone or radio knob
1DI10Waste time (compound)
1DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
1IN7Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
2IN7,9First (letter, as in J.R.R. Tolkien)
1IN6Not on the coast
2IN5,6Decorate something by embedding pieces of a different material in it, flush with its surface
1LA4♀ counterpart of gentleman ("… & the Tramp")
1LA5Hawaiian island or porch
1LA4Alight on the ground, verb/noun
1LA8♀ who owns your apartment (compound)
1LA7Tropical perennial flowering plant in the verbena family
2LA4,4Put something down
1LI6Tedious series of complaints
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
1NA4Spike that’s hammered, noun/verb
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
2NA5,8Latin adj. relating to place or time of birth
1NA6Swimming or floating adj. from Latin
2NA5,7Well dressed, adj.
1TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
1TA5Smear of corruption or pollution, noun/verb
1TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
1TA6Fringed prayer shawl
1TA5Add up (keep a running …, or …–Ho! The quarry is in sight)
1TA4Ankle bone
1TA6Brown chemical in tea & wine used to preserve leather, noun
1TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
2TI5,7Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
1TI5Pre-Olympic god, largest Saturn moon, or industry bigwig

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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