Bee Roots for 2023-04-02

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: O/BCEKPT
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 123
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

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, ...)
1BE5Fast jazz style (“Cowboy …” anime series)
1BE6Reach for and hold; remove (… away)
1BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
1BO4Dark German lager, or chicken sound
1BO4Breast, slang
1BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
1BO4Printed novel, noun; or reserve something, verb
1BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
1BO6Baby foot covering
1CO4Rooster, or slang for penis
1CO4Pepsi rival; or fuel made by heating coal in the absence of air; or slang abbr. for drug people snort
1CO4Prep or heat food
1CO8Bound, printed recipes (e.g. Fanny Farmer’s), compound
1CO7Range that’s either part of an oven or built into a counter, compound
1CO4Chicken pen, noun; or confine in a small space, verb (…ed up)
1CO5Usually hyphenated verb: take for your own use or for another purpose
1CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
1CO4Deal effectively with something difficult
1CO4Dove shelter, NOT a jacket
1KE4Relating to a ketone (chemistry); or popular diet high in fat and low in carbs
1KO4Crazy or eccentric person, NOT a chef
2KO5,6Russian money: 1/100th of a ruble
1OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
1OC5Group of 8 (musicians)
1PE5Black tea made from young leaves
1PO4A pustule on the body in an eruptive disease (small- or chicken-…, but singular), or a scar from one (…-mark)
1PO6Small bag sewn into clothing
1PO10Handbag, compound pangram made from small bag sewn into clothing + something you read that's made of pages glued or sewn together
1PO4Author of verse
1PO4Jab or prod; or Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish or seafood
1PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)
1PO6(Historical or British) sweet or pretty child, or voodoo doll
1TO4Reach for and hold; remove (… away)
1TO42nd half of a timepiece sound
1TO4Smoke marijuana or tobacco, verb/noun
1TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
1TO4Small grayish slender-bodied shark, or mango tree grove; homophone of grayish-brown color
1TO4Reusable bag, noun; or schlep, 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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