Bee Roots for 2023-10-16

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: E/ACINTX
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 229
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Strategist

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, ...)
1AC6Foreign pronunciation (Ricky speaks with a Cuban…), or stress marks on letters (à é ì ó ù)
2AC6,7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
1AC4Teen facial zits
1AN7Belonging to the very distant past (the … Greeks built the Parthenon)
1AN5Building add-on (“The Learning …”)
1AN4$ to join a poker game, or “before” prefix
2AN7,8It picks up TV or radio signals
1CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
1CA7Army or scout water flask
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1CE8Whale & dolphin noun or adj. from Latin order name
1CI4Quote as evidence
1EA5Consume food
1EN5Make a bill into law
1EN7Friendly understanding between countries (French)
1EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
1EX5Precise (the … amount owed is $12.47), negative form is a pangram
1EX6Bet in which 1st 2 places in a race must be predicted in correct order
1EX6Cause strong feelings of enthusiasm
1EX4Corp. bigwig abbr.
1EX4Leave, verb; the door by which you leave, noun
1EX6Remaining, adj. (the original manuscript is no longer …)
1EX6Degree, size, scope, or amount (… of damage, to some …)
1EX7(Of a species or volcano) has died out (gone…), adj.
1IN7Precise (the … amount owed is $12.47), negative form is a pangram
1IN5Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
1IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
1IN8Cause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
1IN6Present from birth (… behavior), adj.
1IN5Concave belly button, slang
1IN6Determined to do (I’m … on finishing this puzzle), adj.; or objective, noun
1NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
1NE4Word you hear when it’s your turn at the deli
1NI4Pleasant in manner; or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter
1NI4Number of justices on Supreme Court
1NI8One more than the number of holes on a golf course
1NI4Part of the day when it’s dark, slang spelling
1TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
1TE4Adolescent (…ager), or numbers 13–19
1TE6Person a landlord rents to
1TE5A principle or belief; or a Christopher Nolan time-travel film
1TE4Shelter you sleep in while camping
1TE4Short, written message sent by a mobile phone to another one
1TI4Fork prong

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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