Bee Roots for 2023-03-04

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: M/EINOTZ
  • Words: 54
  • Points: 231
  • 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, ...)
1EM7Renowned (scholar); used with “domain” to mean gov property grab
1EM4Give off (radiation, signals)
1EM5Ham it up as an actor
1IM8About to happen (… demise, e.g.), adj.
2IT4,7One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
1ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
1ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
1ME7Souvenir in English; or 2000 thriller about an amnesiac (Guy Pearce)
1ME4Office note abbr.
1ME7Refer to something briefly and without going into detail, verb/noun
1ME6Experienced and trusted adviser, usually an older person
1ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
2ME4,5Mediterranean appetizer platter
1ME5Voice between soprano and alto
1ME9Monochrome printmaking process of the intaglio family, pangram
1MI4A person’s look or expression, NOT an average
1MI4Silent performer
1MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
1MI4Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
1MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
1MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
1MI8Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
1MI6Underling, as seen in “Despicable Me”
1MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
1MI4Tiny tick, or very small amount (I'm a … testy today)
1MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
1MI6Fingerless winter glove for a kid or Sen. Bernie Sanders at inauguration
1MI6Rearmost sail & mast on a ship
1MO6Very brief period of time (“I’ll be with you in just a …”)
1MO8Business jargon for the process of converting something something into money, pangram
1MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
1MO8Sound that is unchanging in pitch (“She spoke in a … that put me to sleep”)
1MO53–card … con game
1MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
1MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a … point)
1MO4Speck of dust
1MO5Short piece of sacred choral music, typically polyphonic & unaccompanied
1MO6Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
1MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
1NO7Propose a candidate for election or an honor
1OI8Medicinal cream for your skin
1OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)
1OM4Leave out, verb
1ON7Former, compound (He's a … football star)
1TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
1TE8Set of rooms within a house, or cheap multi-family bldg.
1TI4What clocks measure & display
1TO4Large, heavy book
1TO6New Zealand small bird (Magnum, P.I star 1st name + breast, slang)
1TO5Symbolic object (… pole)
1ZO4travel quickly, or change between close-up and long shot, or a popular video conferencing platform

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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