Bee Roots for 2023-11-28

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: B/AGINRV
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 248
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: National Geographic Kids

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, ...)
1AI6Car safety feature that blow up in your face, compound
1BA6Sound a sheep makes, noun/verb
1BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
1BA7Container made of flexible material with an opening at the top, used for carrying things, noun/verb
1BA7Prohibit, verb
1BA6Common yellow plantain variety
2BA4,7Sound of a collision, noun (“The Big … Theory”)
1BA7Place to buy a drink, noun; or prevent from entering, verb
1BA4Sharp projection near end of fishhook or on top of wire fence; start of Streisand name
1BA9An uncivilized or primitive person
1BA6Naked, adj./verb; or minimal, adj. (… necessities)
2BA7,10Unusually good price, noun; or negotiate for lower prices or higher wages, verb
1BA7Large flat-bottomed unpowered boat, noun; or intrude (… in), verb
1BA4Large farm bldg. for storage & livestock
1BA9Bombard, noun/verb
1BI7Receptacle for storing a specified substance, noun/verb; trash can (British)
1BI7Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
2BR4,8Boast about your accomplishments, verb or noun
2BR5,8What you think with (or, in the case of some men, what you should think with); or hit someone in the head, verb
1BR4Grain husk (Raisin … cereal)
1BR7Courageous, adj./verb (you get a lollipop because you were so … at the doctor's office), gerund form is a pangram
1BR5Exclamation expressing approval when a performer has done something well, from Italian; also has a feminine form; or B in the phonetic alphabet
1BR5Prickly shrub (… patch)
1BR7Persuade someone to do something, by means of an illegal gift of money
1BR4Prison, especially on a warship
1BR7Soak food in very salty water before cooking
2BR5,8Lead, carry, or cause to come along with you (past tense is a pangram)
1GA7Talk at length, typically about trivial matters
2GA4,7Clothing, noun; or dress (in), verb; start of “Grand Hotel” actress Greta name
1GI6Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
2GR4,8Seize suddenly & roughly, verb
1NA7Take, grab, or steal something; catch someone doing something wrong
1RA5Jewish minister or teacher
1RA6Sack of fabric scraps, or miscellaneous collection; compound
1RI7Curved bone, part of the chest
1VI6A person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others

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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