Bee Roots for 2023-10-28

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: N/CEFITU
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 187
  • 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, ...)
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1EF9Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1EN5World weariness (French)
1EN7Friendly understanding between countries (French)
1EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
1FE5Deceptive movement in sports (esp. swordplay), not "keel over"
1FE5Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
1FE10Pasta made in ribbons
1FI7Quinceañera age
1FI4Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
1FI6Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
1IN11Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1IN8Having limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
1IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
1IN6Pass on a disease to someone
1IN5Concave belly button, slang
1IN6Determined to do (I’m … on finishing this puzzle), adj.; or objective, noun
1IN6TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
1NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
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
1TE4Adolescent (…ager), or numbers 13–19
1TE5A principle or belief; or a Christopher Nolan time-travel film
1TE4Shelter you sleep in while camping
1TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
1TI4Fork prong
1TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
1TU4Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
1TU5Upper body garment in a uniform or in ancient Greece & Rome
1UN6End of shirt sleeve or pant leg; or restraining device attached at the wrists, noun/verb
1UN5Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement, verb/noun
1UN5Of suitable quality (all the news that's … to print), adj.; be of the right shape and size, verb/noun
1UN5Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
1UN6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
1UN4Something whole on its own but part of larger thing (apartment, Army squad, e.g.)
1UN5Bring together

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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