Bee Roots for 2023-10-18

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: R/AHNOTW
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 274
  • 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, ...)
1AN9Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
1AO5Main blood pipe from heart
1AR5Buddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
1AR6Complete & utter (nonsense), archaic adj.
1AR5What you shoot with a bow
1AR9West Indian plant that produces starch
1AT5Flower oil for perfume
1AT7Prevent from accomplishing something
1HA6Farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with teeth that is dragged over plowed land to break up clods, remove weeds, and cover seed, noun; or cause distress, verb (usually in gerund form)
1HA4♂ deer, not ♥
1HA8Shrub or tree of the rose family, with white, pink, or red blossoms and small dark red fruits, commonly used for hedges (pangram)
1HO4Crystallized frost
1HO5High respect/great esteem; noun/verb
1HO6US Marine cheer word, each syllable pronounced separately
1HO4Jewish circle dance (“The …”)
1HO4Hard body part in some animals; many have two, but one large Asian animal has one, while its African cousin has a large one and a small one
1HO6Scary Steven King genre
1NA8Provide a spoken commentary
1NA6Opposite of wide
1NO6French opposite of “oui,” + “painting & sculpture”; compound
1NO5Opposite of south
1NO7Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
1OR6Make a speech
1RA4Speak or shout wildly & at length
1RA7Machine gun sound
1RA6Palm fiber for furniture
1RO4Horse with 2–colored coat
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO4Plant anchor that sucks up water
1RO7Move in a circle around an axis or center
1RO5Device or blade that spins
1RO5Mountain ash with scarlet berries
1TA7Onomatopoetic name for war trumpet
1TA6Hindu/Buddhist mystical text, involving sex
1TA4Asian veg that sounds like fortunetelling cards
1TA5Fortunetelling cards
1TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TA6Plaid patterned Scottish cloth
1TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
1TH5Sharp point grown by some plants as protection
1TH6Front of neck, “Deep …” Watergate source
2TH5,6Hurl (a baseball, e.g.)
1TH6Prevent from accomplishing something
1TO51st 5 books of Bible in scroll form for Jews
1TO4Ripped, adj. or past participle
1TO4Bull, Spanish
1TO4Legal wrong, NOT pastry
1TR4Fast walking pace for horses or people
1TR5Archaic var. of “honesty”; you pledge your … in marriage vows
1WA4Alert someone to impending danger
2WA7,9Document authorizing police to make an arrest, noun; or officially affirm or guarantee, verb
1WA4Small, hard benign skin growth (on a witch’s chin?) (…-hog, plantar …)
1WO4What you do with clothes, verb; or the result of a lot of that, noun (… and tear)
1WO4Medicinal plant (St. John’s …), or liquid extract from brewing grains
1WO5Value (net …)
1WR5Anger, literary
1WR5Angry, archaic

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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