Bee Roots for 2023-10-10

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/ABLMOR
  • Words: 37
  • Points: 133
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1AB8Standard (noun), or former SNL Weekend Update comic Macdonald
1AN5Yearly record book
1AN4Soon, poetically
1AN4Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body, adj. form also means uptight
1BA6Large monkey with red butt
1BA7Helium or air filled toy that can pop
1BA5Unoriginal, dull
1BA6Common yellow plantain variety
1BA6Serving ♂ at a tavern, compound
1BA4Large farm bldg. for storage & livestock
1BA5Noble rank; Snoopy has aerial dogfights with the “Red …”
1BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
1BO6Small ape related to chimps
1BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
1BO4Existing as a result of birth, adj. (Biden was … in Scranton)
1BO5Element 5
1BR4Grain husk (Raisin … cereal)
1LL5South American grassy plain
1LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
1LO4“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
1MA6Wealth that’s an evil influence, per the New Testament & Milton
1MA5Exodus food from the sky
1MA5Large country house with lands (Batman’s “Stately Wayne …”)
1MA6Dark red (Adam Levine’s “… 5” band), noun; or strand on an island, verb
1MO4Sound of pain or sexual pleasure (Harry Potter’s ghost “…-ing Myrtle”)
1MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
1MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
1MO4Poetic start of day, NOT lament the dead; + period before midday
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA5Conspicuously rich person, as in VP Agnew’s “nattering …s of negativism”
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NO4Beginner, gamer slang
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
2NO4,6Standard (noun), or former SNL Weekend Update comic Macdonald
1RO4Horse with 2–colored coat

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout