Bee Roots for 2023-05-24

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: T/CDEIUV
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 191
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Longmont Leader

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, ...)
2CI4,5Quote as evidence
1CI5Asian & African “cat” used for perfume
2CU4,5Adorable (… as a button) or clever (don’t get … with me)
1DE6The act of making someone believe something that is not true; the act of giving a false impression
3DE6,8,9Subtract (I have to … taxes from your weekly pay)
2DE6,8Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
1DE9Someone who solves crimes: fictional ones include Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Columbo
3DI4,6,8Limit your food intake, verb/noun
2DU4,6Air conduit in a home or building (dryer …), or tube in a body (tear …)
2DU4,7Performance by 2 people (music, dance, etc.)
1DU5Bed quilt with a removable cover,
1ED5Official order or proclamation
2ED4,6Revise text
1EI7Technical term for photographic memory
1ET5French for “study,” or short musical exercise piece
3EV5,7,7Kick out of an apartment
1TE4Short stick that holds up a golf ball, noun/verb
2TI4,5Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
1TI6Neatly arranged, adj.; or neaten up, verb
1TI4Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun
1TU6Make an exclamation expressing disapproval or annoyance
1TU5Private instructor
1TU5All together, musically (Italian); Little Richard “Wop bop a loo bop” song
1TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond
1VE6Person with combat experience, noun; check credentials, 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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