Bee Roots for 2023-11-23

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: C/AEINPT
  • Words: 74
  • Points: 462
  • Pangrams: 6

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, ...)
1AC6African or Australian wattle tree
1AC4Trendy smoothie berry
1AC6Foreign pronunciation (Ricky speaks with a Cuban…), or stress marks on letters (à é ì ó ù)
2AC6,10Consent to receive, or come to believe; verb
2AC6,7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
1AC4Teen facial zits
1AN7Belonging to the very distant past (the … Greeks built the Parthenon)
1AN5Childish or playful tomfoolery, usually plural
2AN10,10Regard as probable, expect, or predict; or be a forerunner
1AP6Each, or cost per item, adv.
1AP5Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
1AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
1CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
1CA6Small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA6Dog family, or pointy tooth
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA4Tilt, or “I am unable to do so” contraction; hypocritical and sanctimonious talk
1CA7Medium-length narrative music for voice & instruments, from Italian for “sung”
1CA7Army or scout water flask
1CA7Mexican or Spanish bar, or the Mos Eisley bar on Tatooine in “Star Wars”
1CA11Maximum amount something can hold (room, freezer, vehicle)
1CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
1CA7Ship commander rank (Aye, aye, …)
1CA6Short feline snooze, compound
1CA6🐱 🐈 Mint that drives felines wild, compound
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1CE8Whale & dolphin noun or adj. from Latin order name
1CI4Quote as evidence
1EN5Make a bill into law
1EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
1EP4Long poem celebrating heroic feats, noun; or historically important, adj. (… struggle, … quest)
1EP7Having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex
1IN12Maximum amount something can hold (room, freezer, vehicle)
1IN6Recite a spell or a prayer; chant or intone, verb, usually occurs in its -ation noun form
2IN9,10Beginning to come into being or to become apparent, adj.
1IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
1IN6Not damaged or impaired in any way; complete (I left with my dignity …), adj.
1IP6Medicinal syrup that induces vomiting, used to be used for poisonings
1NI6Vitamin B3
1NI4Pleasant in manner; or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter
1PA4Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
1PA4Formal agreement, treaty (don’t make one with the Devil)
1PA7Remedy for all difficulties or diseases
1PA8Italian bacon
1PA5Lose your cool in a crisis (at the disco?)
1PA8Able to tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious, adj.; or someone receiving medial treatment, noun
1PE5smooth pinkish-brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut; pies made with this are a specialty of the American South
1PE6Setting agent in jams and jellies
1PE7What you do to atone for a sin
1PE51/100 of a £, or former VP & Indiana Gov
1PE9Feeling or showing sorrow & regret for having done wrong, adj.; or a person seeking forgiveness for their sins, noun
1PE6Medical adj. for digestion (… ulcer)
1PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods
1PI7Spicy (from Spanish)
1PI7Cooked in a sauce of lemon, parsley, & butter (chicken or veal …)
1PI6Outdoor dining on a blanket (from a basket?), noun/verb (past tense is a pangram)
1PI5Section of something larger (homophone of “tranquility” term), noun; or assemble (… together), verb
1PI8Very small or inadequate amount of money, noun
1TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
1TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
2TA6,9Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
1TA6Brown chemical in tea & wine used to preserve leather, noun
1TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
1TI7Pre-Olympic god, largest Saturn moon, or industry bigwig

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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