Bee Roots for 2023-06-01

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: I/DEGOLY
  • Words: 54
  • 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, ...)
1DE4Place to get cold cuts
2DI6,7Pass time aimlessly or unproductively
1DI6Worthless amount (… squat), or guitarist Bo
1DI4Cease to live
1DI5Phallus-shaped sex toy
1DI4Pickle spice
1DI5Excellent example (that was a … of a game)
1DI51–way semiconductor with 2 terminals
1DO6Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO5Motherless or neglected calf
1DO5Ornamental lace mat
1DO7Move on a mobile platform, for example a movie camera
1ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
2EL5,6Leave out a sound or syllable when speaking
1EY6Skin that moves when you close your organs of vision
1GE5Icy, or extremely cold, literary adj.
1GE5Hypothetical shape of the earth, coinciding with mean sea level
2GI5,7Having a sensation of whirling, dizzy; playful and silly; often figurative for extreme happiness (he was … with relief)
1GI6Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
3GI6,6,7Silly laugh; verb/noun
1GI6Male escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
2GI4,6Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
2GI4,6Fish breathing organ
2GL5,6What an engineless plane does (hanging optional), or dental floss brand
1GO6Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
1ID8A system of concepts and beliefs, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy, pangram
3ID4,4,5Not doing anything; or, said of an engine, running but in gear
1ID4Punk rocker Billy; “American …” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
2ID4,5Extremely happy scene or poem
1IG5Ice house
1IL4Not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
1LI6Cover for the top of a jar; or skin that covers your eye
1LI4Be in a horizontal resting position, or say something false
1LI5Feudal superior (“Yes, my …”)
1LI4Monet floral subject (water …)
2OI4,5Viscous liquid used for lubrication, noun/verb; (food) a fat that's liquid at room temperature
1OL5Having lived for a long time
1OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
1OL5Skateboard jump, or Stan’s slapstick partner
2YI5,7Give way to arguments, demands, or pressure, verb; or produce an agricultural product, verb/noun
1YO4Bendy, meditative exercise on mats

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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