Bee Roots for 2023-03-21

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: N/CDEOVY
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 247
  • 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, ...)
2CO7,8Give up (power or territory)
2CO6,8Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
1CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
1CO6Swindle, verb; someone serving a prison sentence (noun, slang)
1CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
2CO7,8Accept or allow misbehavior to continue (“We don’t … this behavior”)
2CO4,5Ice cream holder shape
2CO7,8Bring together for a meeting
2CO6,8Transport to a place; make (an idea, impression, or feeling) known or understandable to someone, or pass on a message or info
2CO6,8Breaker 1–9! Trucker film & song of 1978, or a group of ships or vehicles traveling together for protection
1CO5A gathering of witches
1DE7Proper (Are you …? Can I come in?), adj.
1DE4Refuse to give, grant or admit
1DO6Put on (… we now our gay apparel)
1DO5Give to a good cause
1DO4Finished (with a task)
2DO5,7Most respected or senior person in a particular field, ♂ + ♀ terms
1DY4Unit of force in physics: 1 g / sec.²
2EN6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1EN5Final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story, noun/verb
1EN5Messenger or representative, especially a diplomat
1EN4Jealousy, noun/verb
2EV4,6Number that can be divided by 2 without a remainder, or flat & smooth; adj.; or to make or become that (… out the edges)
3NE4,5,6Require; verb/noun
1NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
1NE6Person with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
1NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
1NO6Move your head up and down a little, usually to signal agreement, verb/noun
1NO4Connecting point
1NO5Literary word meaning “for the [time being]”
1NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
1OD5Greek or Roman building used for musical performances (smaller than theaters)
1ON4A single time (they deliver … a week)
1OV4Appliance for baking
2VE4,6Sell (…-ing machine, e.g.)
1YE6Basic monetary unit of Japan, noun; or longing; noun/verb
1YO4Archaic for “over there;” usually has BE– prefix (Bed, Bath, & Be…) or –ER suffix (wild blue …er)

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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