Bee Roots for 2022-12-25

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/DEONTU
  • Words: 75
  • Points: 469
  • Pangrams: 4

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, ...)
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
1CE41/100th of a dollar
2CO7,8Give up (power or territory)
1CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
2CO6,8Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
2CO4,5Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
1CO4♀ student, or mixed ♂ & ♀ school, slang abbr.
1CO6Swindle, verb; someone serving a prison sentence (noun, slang)
2CO7,9Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
1CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
2CO7,8Accept or allow misbehavior to continue (“We don’t … this behavior”)
2CO7,9Behavior, noun (disorderly …); or lead an orchestra, verb; or allow electricity to flow, verb
2CO4,5Ice cream holder shape
2CO7,9Join (4, perhaps?) things together, verb/noun
2CO7,8(of a word or fact) imply, verb
2CO7,9Assert something as a position in an argument; or compete to win something
2CO7,9Peacefully happy or satisfied, adj.; or what’s included, noun (a book’s “Table of …s”)
1CO5Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
1CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
1CO4Dove shelter, NOT a jacket
2CO6,8Soft fabric or its plant source
2CO5,7Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
1CU4Something that signals an actor or other performer, noun/verb
1CU4Adorable (… as a button) or clever (don’t get … with me)
1CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary, compound
2DE6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1DE8A person who has died, in legalese; noun
1DE6Proper (Are you …? Can I come in?), adj.
1DE4Chrysler Bldg. style (Art …)
2DE6,8Extract the essence of something by heating or boiling
2DE6,7Draw a logical conclusion
2DE6,8Subtract (I have to … taxes from your weekly pay)
2DE8,9Publicly declare to be wrong or evil, inform against someone
2DE6,8Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
1DE5A playing card with the number 2 on it (the … of spades), noun
1DO6Person, usually a volunteer, who acts as a guide in a museum, art gallery, or zoo
2DU4,6Air conduit in a home or building (dryer …), or tube in a body (tear …)
1DU5Stupid person (he has to sit in the corner & wear a … cap)
1EC7Region of transition between 2 biological communities, starts with “green” prefix
2ED5,6Formal verb meaning to draw out something hidden
2EN6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
1NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
1OC5Group of 8 (musicians)
1ON4A single time (they deliver … a week)
1OU5Unit of weight or liquid measure; 128 in a US gallon & 16 in a pound
1UN7Give up (power or territory)
1UN11Join (4, perhaps?) things together, verb/noun
1UN9Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
1UN5Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement, verb/noun
1UN10Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)

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.

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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