Bee Roots for 2023-06-07

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: M/AELNTY
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 289
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1AM4Prayer-ending word
1AM4Abbr. for … nitrite "poppers" you sniff at a rave; or C₅H₁₁ on its own
3EL7,9,11The periodic table is full of these (singular)
1EM7Flow or originate from (warmth from a fireplace, e.g.)
1EN6Opaque or semitransparent glassy substance applied to hard surfaces for ornament or as a protective coating; or the hard coating your teeth have
1EN5Rectal wash (Fleet, e.g.)
1EN5Wartime foe
1LA4Tibetan Buddhist monk (Dalai …)
2LA4,6Disabled or weak; esp. foot or leg, causing a limp
1LA6Song or poem expressing grief or sorrow, noun/verb
2LA6,6Non-ordained or amateur ♂ (“In …’s terms”)
1LE5Math term for intermediate or helping theorem in a proof
1LL5S Am camel
1MA4♂, the sex that produces sperm
1MA4Shopping center with many stores under one roof
1MA6Hammer with a large, usually wooden head, used especially for hitting a chisel
2MA4,5Convert grain for brewing (…–ed milk), noun/verb
2MA4,5♀ parent, slang
1MA6Vertebrate class that has hair, milk, & live birth
1MA5Adult ♂
1MA7Florida creature AKA “sea cow”
1MA4Hair on a horse or ♂ lion’s neck
1MA5Exodus food from the sky
1MA5Ray (fish)
1MA6Shelf above a fireplace, where stockings traditionally hang at Christmas
1MA6The layer between the earth's crust and core
1MA4More than a few (… people are saying)
2MA4,5Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
1MA5Dull finish on paint or photos
2ME4,5Breakfast, lunch, or dinner
4ME4,5,5,6The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
2ME4,5Animal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
1ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
1ME5Confusing scuffle
2ME4,5What ice cream does when you leave it out of the freezer, verb
1ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
2ME6,8Relating to the mind (He has … health issues)
1ME6Experienced and trusted adviser, usually an older person
1ME4Beyond prefix, greek
1ME5Hard but malleable material such as iron, steel, bronze, etc
1ME4Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
1ME6Person’s ability to cope with adversity (test your …), NOT iron or tin; noun
1MY4Talking starling that’s often a pet
2NA4,6What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
1TA6Mexican dish of seasoned meat wrapped in cornmeal dough and steamed or baked in corn husks
2TA4,6Not wild, adj./verb
1TE4Group of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; … up, verb
1TE8A fellow player in the same group, compound
1TE4Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
1TE8Set of rooms within a house, or cheap multi-family bldg.

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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