Bee Roots for 2023-11-02

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: O/ACIKLT
  • Words: 58
  • Points: 199
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Indianapolis Zoo

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, ...)
1AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
1AL5Apportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
1AL4Sax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
1AT5Coral island (Bikini, e.g.)
1CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
1CA6Rough cotton fabric, or colorful cat
1CA8Caribbean veg dish
1CI4“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
1CL6Combo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
1CL5Sleeveless jacket, or espionage “… & dagger” term
1CL5It tells time
1CL4Lump of blood that stops bleeding or circulation
1CO4“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
1CO4Outdoor jacket (trench-…)
1CO5Central American raccoon
1CO8Flap on lower back of jacket; popular politicians have long ones, inverse of formal jacket list word, compound
1CO41st part of popular soda brand name
1CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
1CO4Rooster, or slang for penis
1CO8Crested parrot species
1CO8Mixed alcoholic drink (rooster + what dogs wag), compound pangram
1CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
1CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
1CO6Relating to sexual intercourse, formal adj.
1CO4Pepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
1CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
1CO4Young ♂ horse
1CO4Prep or heat food
1CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
1CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
1IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1KI4Greek 1,000 prefix; also an abbr. for 1,000 grams of weight
1KO5Tree climbing marsupial “bear”
1KO4Small African tree with nuts that flavor Pepsi
1KO4Crazy or eccentric person, NOT a chef
1LO5From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
1LO4A door fastener with a key, noun/verb
1LO4Crazy, Spanish
1LO4A particular point or place
1LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
1LO4Direct one’s gaze toward someone or something, verb/noun
1LO4Pirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
1LO5State-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
1OC5Base–8 number system
1OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
1TA4Mexican filled tortilla, or “… Bell” restaurant
1TA8Formal ♂ dinner jacket worn with a white bowtie, compound
1TA6Skin “ink”
1TI8Compound word that is both parts of a mechanical clock sound
1TO4Reach for and hold; remove (… away)
1TO7Virtuoso musical piece (Bach’s “… & Fugue in D Minor”)
1TO42nd half of a timepiece sound
1TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
1TO4Road use fee (paid at a booth)
1TO4An implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a …box
1TO7A set of implements
1TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
1TO5The whole amount (sum of numbers, e.g.)

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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