Bee Roots for 2023-11-16

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: T/ADINOP
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 284
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Kids Activities Blog

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, ...)
2AD5,10Get used to a new situation, or modify for new use
1AD8Math operation with plus (+) symbol, or new rooms that expand a house
2AD5,8Legally take responsibility for someone else's child; choose to take up, follow, or use
1AN6Ceremonially smear someone with oil, or designate as a successor
1AN4Opposed to (prefix), NOT uncle’s wife nickname
1AN10Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
1AP7Assign someone to a job or role
1AT6Succeed in getting, or reach; verb (… nirvana), noun form is a pangram
1AT4Opposite of bottom
1DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
1DI4Archaic word whose only surviving use is “by [means] of” (hard work)
1DI5“Same here” or “same as above”
1DO8Give to a good cause
1ID5Stupid person (village …)
1IN5Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances, adj.
1IN10Cause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
1IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
1IN10Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
1IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1NA6Swimming or floating adj. from Latin
1NA6Country, or temperance activist Carrie
1NO8Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
1NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
1ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
1PA5Latex or oil-based wall coating
1PA6Term of respect for a Hindu scholar &/or priest, from Sanskrit; rhymes with masked “robber” word
1PA4What a dog does when it’s hot, verb; or singular of trousers, noun
1PA6Green film from aging on copper, or sheen on wood from polishing
1PA5Outdoor terrace adjoining a house, from Spanish (… furniture)
1PI6Stuffed añimal with toys & cañdy that you hit with a stick
1PI5Wine grape variety
1PI8Locate exactly, or sharp end of sewing fastener, compound
1PI416 fluid oz., or typical UK beer serving
1PI5Type of bean, horse, or Ford car
1PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
1PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
1PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
1PI5Rock-climbing spike
1PO5Indicate with finger, or end of sharp object
1PO7Temp floating bridge; or cylinder full of air, two of which keep a type of slow boat afloat
1PO6Witch or mad scientist concoction; “love,” e.g.
1TA5Smear of corruption or pollution, noun/verb
1TA6Brown chemical in tea & wine used to preserve leather, noun
1TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
1TA6Skin “ink”
1TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
1TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition), compound
1TI5Pre-Olympic god, largest Saturn moon, or industry bigwig
1TO4Frog cousin
1TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car…)
1TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb

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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