Bee Roots for 2023-09-19

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: P/DEGINX
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 287
  • 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, ...)
4DE4,6,8,9Not shallow
3DE6,8,9Rely on, or singular of adult diaper brand
2DI6,7Put something down quickly into liquid, verb; or brief swim, noun
1EP4Fencing sword
3EX6,8,9Use or use up (… energy)
1NI7Bowling variation with 1 target less than standard; compound
2NI6,7Pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply, verb/noun
2PE4,6Urinate, slang
1PE4Backside of a hammer
3PE4,6,7Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
2PE6,7short cylindrical piece of wood for holding things together, noun/verb
2PE6,7Tool for writing with ink, noun/verb; or small enclosure for keeping animals, noun/verb
3PE4,6,7Literally, to hang; to await (a decision); usually has DE– prefix or –ING suffix
1PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
2PE6,7Energy, liveliness, noun/verb
1PI6Grammatically simplified form of a language, NOT an urban avian pest, noun/adj.
1PI4Multicolored (… Piper of Hamelin)
2PI6,7Animal that is the source of bacon, noun/verb
1PI6Messy Peanuts boy, or where oinkers live, compound
2PI6,7Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
3PI4,5,6Evergreen tree with cones, noun; or to long for, verb
3PI4,6,7Query a computer to determine connection speed; or get a sonar hit; or first word of informal name for table tennis
1PI8Scientific name for seals (“feather-footed” in Latin)
3PI4,5,6Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
1PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
1PI5Small British fairy (Tinkerbell’s dust)

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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