Bee Roots for 2023-05-03

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/AELOTV
  • Words: 56
  • Points: 245
  • 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, ...)
1AG5Banded quartz, perhaps a toy marble
1AG5Tequila plant source
1AG5Shoelace tip protector
1AG4Very excited to hear or see something, adj.
3AL4,5,5Pond scum
1AL6Claim without proof
2EA5,6A bald one is the USA's national bird
1GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
1GA6A “herd” of geese
1GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
1GA4Strong wind storm
1GA7French flat fruit pie
1GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
1GA6Slang for a clumsy or oafish person (“You big …”)
1GA4Hinged barrier, or airplane boarding area
1GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
1GA6Force-feeding through a tube, noun
1GA5Judge's hammer
1GA7Medium-paced French dance in quadruple meter, popular in the 18th century, marked by raising rather than sliding of the feet
1GA4Opposite of take
1GE6Italian ice cream; limone is my fav
1GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
1GE4Yiddish for $, bet during dreidel game
1GE6Add locational data to a photo, video, or social media post
1GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
1GL5Be smug in your success or your opponent’s misfortune, verb
1GL7Of a sound produced by the opening between the vocal folds; a … stop is the sound of the T in “cat,” e.g.; adj.
1GL5Covering for your hand with fingers (fits like a …)
1GO4Objective, or sport target or point
1GO4Alt milk source (nannies, billies, & kids)
1GO6Pointed beard
1GO6Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
1GO6Popular web search site
1GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
1GO5Have to do so, slang contraction (I’ve … run)
1LA6Literary or medical term for washing a body part
1LE5Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
1LE6General or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy; or a member of the clergy, esp. a cardinal, representing the Pope
1LE7Person who receives a legacy
1LE6Musical direction indicating that the notes are to be played or sung smoothly & connected
1LO4Theater section behind orchestra
1LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
1LO6Large edible white-flowered plant of the parsley family
1OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
1OG4Eye amorously
1TO4Wrap worn in ancient Rome (… party)
1TO6Key or command that switches between two modes, such as the caps lock key, noun/verb
1TO8Barrier across the road that raises when you pay the usage fee (compound)
1VA5Tenth cranial nerve, supplying the heart, lungs, and upper digestive tract
1VE7Relating to plants
1VE8Live in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way
1VL4Personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos, noun/verb
1VO7Electromotive force (… meter); in the US it’s 110 at a typical socket; pangram noun

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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