Bee Roots for 2023-05-13

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: C/ADEHLN
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 356
  • 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, ...)
1AC4Get a top grade on a test
2AC4,5Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AC4Teen facial zits
2AC6,7Give up (power or territory)
2CA5,6Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
1CA7Rhythmic pattern; sequence of chords in music
2CA4,6Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
1CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
1CA6Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
1CA5Artificial waterway (Erie, Suez, Panama …)
1CA6Leggy French dance
3CA6,8,9Nix, scrub (a concert, game, date, or show; e.g.)
1CA7Unit of luminous intensity
1CA6Light source made from wax and a wick
2CA4,5Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA5Tropical “lily”
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
2CE4,6Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
1CH4Punched-out paper “hanging” from ballots
1CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
2CH6,7Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …)
1CH7Space around a church altar
2CH7,9TV station number on a knob (CBS is 2 in NYC & LA) or strait (swim across the English …), noun/verb, past tense is a pangram
1CL4Wearing, or encased; adj. (iron-… guarantee); archaic past participle of clothe
1CL5Group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor (biology)
1CL4Group of related (Scottish) families
2CL5,7Make tidy, verb (… your room, young man!); or dirt-free, adj.
2CL6,8Close fingers into a tight ball (fist), or contract muscles (buttocks, jaw)
1DA4Type of freshwater fish, including redside, northern pearl, and longnose
1DA5Russian country house
2DA5,6Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
1DA9Large building for moving rhythmically to music (compound pangram)
1DE6Span of ten years
1DE9Moral or cultural decline, luxurious self-indulgence
1DE5Design prepared on special paper for transfer to another surface
1EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
2EN7,8Intensify, increase, or improve (do this to your driver’s license so it meets new TSA rules)
2EN6,7Frilly fabric, or shoestring
1HE8Discomfort in the noggin
1HE5Consequently, or in the future (…forth)
2LA4,5Frilly fabric, or shoestring
2LA5,6Cavalry pole weapon, noun/verb
2LE5,7Dissolve out by percolating liquid, verb; or “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin
1LE4Womanizer, derogatory slang abbr., or former Polish president Wałęsa
2LE5,7Bloodsucking worm, noun; habitually exploit or rely on, verb
1NA7Streamlined enclosure on an aircraft

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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