Bee Roots for 2023-05-27

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: G/ABLNOT
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 193
  • 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, ...)
1AG4Very excited to hear or see something, adj.
2AL4,5Pond scum
1AL5Down or next to (… the road), during (… the way), or with (brought …), preposition or adv.
1AN6Clock with hands; not digital; adj.
1BA4Sound of a collision, noun (“The Big … Theory”)
1BL4Online journal, noun/verb
1BO7Large smoked, seasoned North American sausage
1BO4Water pipe for smoking weed, or sound of a large bell
1BO5Paired small drum held between the knees
1BO8Far-right anti-government extremist movement & militia (… bois), starts with ghost scare word
1GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
1GA4Formal ball or fundraiser (The Met …, e.g.)
1GA8Asian plant of the ginger family, widely used in cooking and medicine
1GA4Liver secretion, or bold behavior
1GA7Brave, heroic
1GA6128 liquid oz.
1GA6Slang for a clumsy or oafish person (“You big …”)
1GA4Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
1GL5Be smug in your success or your opponent’s misfortune, verb
1GL4Semi-liquid lump, as in cheese
1GL6Worldwide, adj., as in “… warming”
1GL7Of a sound produced by the opening between the vocal folds; a … stop is the sound of the T in “cat,” e.g.; adj.
1GN4Tiny flying insect
1GO4Objective, or sport target or point
1GO4Alt milk source (nannies, billies, & kids)
1GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
1GO5Intend to do, slang contraction
1GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
1GO5Have to do so, slang contraction (I’ve … run)
1LA6Inlet separated by a reef; “Blue…” film with Brooke Shields
1LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
1LO4“Short” antonym, adj.; or yearn (for)
1LO6Tropical Asian fruit similar to lychee
1LO8Large oared vessel carried by a sailing ship
2NO7,99–sided shape
1OB6Having an stretched-out rectangular or oval shape; ends in list word
1OO6Dark Chinese tea (black dragon)
1TA8Someone who persistently and often annoyingly follows the lead of another
1TA4Strong taste, flavor, or smell; astronaut orange juice
1TA5South American ballroom dance with abrupt pauses, noun/verb
1TO8Long, narrow sled for coasting downhill
1TO4Wrap worn in ancient Rome (… party)
1TO4Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural (or used as a 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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout