Bee Roots for 2023-01-02

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: C/EFINTV
  • Words: 24
  • Points: 159
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Wikipedia: Николай Усик / - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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, ...)
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1CI4Quote as evidence
1CI5Asian & African “cat” used for perfume
1CI5Popular Honda model; or municipal (adj.)
2EF6,9Result of an action (cause & …)
1EF9Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1EN6Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
2EV5,7Kick out of an apartment
1EV6Formal verb: reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling) (his words … his excitement)
1FE5Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
1FI7Created by imagination
1IN11Result of an action (cause & …)
1IN11Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1IN9Something that motivates you (there’s no … to conserve water)
1IN6Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
2IN6,9Pass on a disease to someone
1IN9Abusive language used to express blame or to hurt (a stream of …)
1NI4Pleasant in manner, or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter
1TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
1VI4Bad habit, or “Miami …” police show

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.

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