Bee Roots for 2023-05-26

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/BDEKLO
  • Words: 49
  • Points: 221
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Guardian

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, ...)
1BE4Gesture requesting attention; summons (at someone's … and call)
2BE6,8Clothe with finery; or decorate, especially for Christmas
1BL4Group of like-minded voters
2BL5,7large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side, noun; or prevent from moving in a particular direction, verb
1BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
1BO4Dark German lager, or chicken sound
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
1CE5Person who’s well-known, slang abbr.
2CE4,6Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
1CE9Large building subdivided into separate prison cells, compound
1CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
2CL5,7It tells time
1CL4Lump of earth, or dunce (slang insult)
2CO6,7Repair or make, especially shoes; make or put together roughly or hastily
2CO4,6Rooster, or slang for penis
1CO6Edible bivalve marine mollusk with a pretty shell, or slang for your core (it warms the …s of my heart)
2CO6,7Pamper or indulge someone, or cook an egg in water below boiling
2CO4,5Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1CO4♀ student, or mixed ♂ & ♀ school, slang abbr.
1CO4Pepsi rival; or fuel made by heating coal in the absence of air; or slang abbr. for drug people snort
1CO4Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a …)
2CO8,10Knock unconscious; compound made from opposite of hot + rooster
1CO5Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
2CO4,6Prep or heat food
1CO8Bound, printed recipes (e.g. Fanny Farmer’s), compound
2CO4,6“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
2DE6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
2DE4,6Set of playing cards (he's not playing with a full …) or ship floor (meet me for a swim on the Lido …), noun; or punch, slang verb
1DE6Removable wooden frame used in manual papermaking
1DE4Chrysler Bldg. style (Art …)
2DO4,6Structure where you can moor your boat, noun/verb; or device you can plug your laptop into to get a big screen, keyboard and mouse
2LO4,6A door fastener with a key, noun/verb
1LO4Crazy, Spanish

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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