Bee Roots for 2023-03-01

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: G/IKNOUW
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 209
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
1GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game
1GI6Maidenhair tree, source of dietary supplement … biloba
1GO5Leave; move from one place to another
2GO4,7Orchestra chime or dinner bell
1GO7Make a groove with a sharp tool; overcharge (figurative)
2GO4,7Long dress worn on formal occasions, noun/verb
1GU7Lethal weapon; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …), noun/verb
1GU4Unpleasantly sticky or messy substance
1IN6Colored fluid used for writing, drawing, noun; or to sign something, usually a contract (he …ed a new deal)
1IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
2KI4,7♂ monarch
1KI7“Lola” band, offbeat sex, or sharp twist
1KN7Be aware of; have a relationship with someone
1NO6Head, slang (use your…), noun
1NU6Zap in the microwave, slang; or drop an atomic bomb
1OI7Pig sound, noun/verb
1ON7Leave; move from one place to another
1OW5Have an obligation to pay or repay
1OW6Possess, verb; or something that belongs to you, pronoun (I got QB on my …)
1UN9“Lola” band, offbeat sex, or sharp twist
1UN9Be aware of; have a relationship with someone
1WI7Head covering made of hair
1WI7Be victorious in a game or battle
1WI6Fermented grape juice, (Merlot, e.g.), noun/verb
2WI4,7What birds, bats, & planes use to fly
1WI7Close & open 1 eye quickly as a signal
1WI9Separate chaff from grain, or narrow down to the best (… out)
1WO6Seek the favor or support of someone; or try to convince someone to marry you
1WO6Exclamanation expressing astonishment or admiration; or greatly impress someone, verb

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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