Bee Roots for 2023-11-10

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: K/ACDEHL
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 145
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Today Show

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, ...)
1AL5Archaic exclamation of regret or dismay; from list word for “absence of”
2CA6,7Make a harsh, raucous sound when laughing, verb/noun; (the witch …d with delight as she stirred the potion)
2CA4,5Baked dessert, often with layers and icing; traditional birthday party fare
2CH5,7Soft white limestone that can be made into sticks for writing
2CH5,7Bank draft, noun; or verify, verb
1CH5Side of your face, noun; or sass (British)
2CL5,7Heel sounds on tile, verb; or NPR “car” show guy 2
2DE4,6Set of playing cards (he's not playing with a full …) or ship floor (meet me for a swim on the Lido …), noun; or punch, slang verb
1DE6Removable wooden frame used in manual papermaking
2DE4,5Deceptive movement that induces an opponent to move out of position (ice hockey)
1EK4Scrape out (a living or a win, e.g.)
2HA4,6Cut with rough or heavy blows; use a computer to gain unauthorized access, verb/noun
1HA6Hair on a dog's back that rises when it's alarmed or angry (usually plural)
1HA4Maori ceremonial dance
1HA4Large-headed elongated fish with long jaws and strong teeth
1HE4Mild cuss (“… of a job, Brownie!”), euphemism for Satan’s domain
2HE6,7Interrupt a public speaker with insults
1KA4Trendy lettuce (but really leaf cabbage)
2KE4,6Bottom stabilizing ridge of a boat or ship, noun; or capsize, verb
2LA4,6Absence of (talent or imagination, e.g.), verb/noun
1LA4Large body of freshwater (Great ones are Erie, Superior, etc.)
2LE4,6Place where water escapes a pipe or hose, or info spilled to a reporter
1LE4Veg similar to onion; homophone of place where water escapes a pipe

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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