Bee Roots for 2023-11-27

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: A/CDHINP
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 139
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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
2AC4,6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
1AP5Garden pest (insect)
1AP5Bee-related adj.
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA6Unposed photo, or frank; adj. (Smile! You’re on “… Camera”)
1CA5Member of the dog family, noun
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CH4Punched-out paper “hanging” from ballots
1CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
1CH5String of metal links
1CH4Become dry or sore (e.g., lips), verb; guy, fella (British)
1CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
1CH5Girl, Spanish
1CH5Large Asian country, or ceramics from there
1CI6Noisy 17–year insect
1DA5Russian country house
1HA4What sticks out of your sleeve
1HA8Impediment, noun/verb pangram
1IN6Subspecies of cannabis plant
1IN7Bulk-mail postage stamp substitute, or other distinguishing mark
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NI6Vitamin B3
1PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
1PA5Chinese bamboo-eating bear
1PA5Lose your cool in a crisis (at the disco?)
1PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
1PA4Father, slang
1PA4Give $ in exchange for goods or services, verb/noun
1PI4A printed type size, or medical condition that makes you want to eat non-foods

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout