Bee Roots for 2023-02-24

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: B/DEIMOV
  • Words: 32
  • Points: 174
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1BE6Furniture you sleep on, noun/verb
2BE5,8Faintly lit, adjective/verb
2BI4,5Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
1BI5Large community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, for example forest or tundra
1BO6Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
2BO4,5Be an omen of a particular outcome
1BO6Your physical structure, or car frame
2BO4,6It explodes, noun/verb
1BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert
1BO5Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
1BO4Breast, slang
1BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
2BO4,6Sound of explosion or subwoofer
1BO5Mammal of the cattle family
2DI8,10Attack by swooping down, verb, said of an aircraft or a bird, compound pangram
1DO6Marijuana cigarette, slang
1EB5Recede, especially in reference to the tide
2EM5,8Plant into (e.g., wartime journalist in a combat unit)
1EM8Be an expression of an idea or quality, verb
2IM6,7Drink (alcohol) (formal)
1MO6Large crowd of disorderly people
1OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
2VI4,5A 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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