Bee Roots for 2023-06-03

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/ALMORT
  • Words: 74
  • Points: 315
  • 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, ...)
1AI5Garlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
1AI7Letters transported by plane (compound)
1AL4Illumination, noun/verb (Let there be …)
1AR4Opera solo
1AR4Seed covering
1AR8Relating to heraldry or heraldic devices
2AT5,6Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
1AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
1IM4Prayer leader at mosque
1IM8Copy someone’s speech or mannerisms
1IM7Principled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
1IM8Human subject to death (mere…), noun; or fatal (…wound), adj.
1IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1LA4Animal or criminal den
1LA6Cowboy rope
1LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
1LI4Singsong accent
1LI4Peru capital, or bean
1LI5Size, speed, or amount restriction
1LI4Chauffeured, stretched car, slang abbr.
1LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
1LI8Part of a lake or ocean near the coast
1MA4Letters you get or send
1MA7Dancing or gymnastics tights, ♀ 1–piece bathing suit, or bike racing jersey; a French word for shirt
1MA8Apt. bldg. & office chamber where you pick up letters & packages, compound
1MA4Permanently injure
2MA7,8Ague, or swamp fever from mosquitoes
1MA7Relating to the relationship of wedded couples (… bliss)
1MA7Relating to the armed forces (the dictator imposed … law)
1MI7Armed vigilante group; 2nd Amendment's “Well-regulated …”
1MI4Wheat or pepper grinder
1MI6Looking glass (“Who’s the fairest of them all?”)
1MI6Relating to the bicuspid heart valve between the left atrium & left ventricle, adj.
1MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
1MO4To work hard (archaic); homophone of bris snipper
1MO9Temporary prohibition of an activity (… on evictions because of COVID)
1OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
1OM4Leave out, verb
1OR8Religious music for orchestra & voice (Handel’s Messiah, e.g.)
1RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
1RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
1RA5Proportion in math (Golden …, e.g.)
1RA7Rodent hind appendage, fish, or hair style; compound
1RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
1RI4Small stream
1RI4Civil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
1RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…ed the waters)
1RO4Indian flatbread that isn’t naan
1RO8Break up soil using a …–ER cultivator device with spinning blades
1TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
1TA6Someone who fits clothes
1TA6Fringed prayer shawl
1TA4Ankle bone
1TA6Japanese rich, naturally fermented soy sauce
1TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
1TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
1TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
1TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
1TO4Work hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
1TO9Mexican husk tomato
1TO6New Zealand small bird (Magnum, P.I star 1st name + breast, slang)
1TO5Shinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
1TO8Thin, circular unleavened flatbread, used in Mexican cooking
1TO4Donut shape
1TR5Forest path, noun; follow or fall behind, verb
1TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
1TR7Benedict Arnold, e.g.
1TR9Italian restaurant with simple food
1TR5Courtroom proceeding
1TR5Vibratory sound, Star Trek symbiotic species (Dax, e.g.), or how Spanish say “R”
1TR4Neaten (hair) by snipping off ends
1TR4Musical group of 3 (Kingston …)

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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