Bee Roots for 2023-06-21

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: C/AORTUY
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 211
  • 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, ...)
1AC8Correct in all details; exact
1AC5Do something
1AC7Insurance risk analyst
1AC8Cause a machine to start up, or motivate a person
1AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
2AT7,9Entice, lure, or evoke (… attention; opposites …), verb
2AU8,9Dictator with absolute power
1CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
1CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1CA6Orange veg that bunnies eat
1CA5Lug around (fireman’s …), verb
1CA8Prepared food you take home
1CA4Shopping trolley you push
1CA5Furry pet that purrs
1CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
1CO4Outdoor jacket (trench-…)
1CO41st part of popular soda brand name
1CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
1CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
1CO5Where trials are held
1CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
1CU7Dutçh Çaribbean island, or blue liqueur with bitter orange peel
1CU6The office, position or work of an assistant to a vicar or rector
1CU7Keeper or custodian of a collection
1CU5Dish of meat and/or vegetables, cooked in an Indian-style sauce of hot-tasting spices and typically served with rice
1CU4Rudely brief, adj.
1CU6Cardboard person (how you make one), or spy intermediary, compound
1OC5Happen, exist, or come to mind (it never …-ed to me)
1OR4Killer “whale”
1OU6Strong public disapproval or anger
1RA4Lively, entertaining, & mildly sexual; adj. (think car or horse speed contest)
1RO6Ornamental decorative style from the late Baroque
1TA4Mexican filled tortilla, or “… Bell” restaurant
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
1TO7Virtuoso musical piece (Bach’s “...& Fugue in D Minor”)
1TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
1TR7Farm vehicle for towing
1YU5Agave with stiff sword-like leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers

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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