Bee Roots for 2023-07-03

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: C/ABEHMO
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 130
  • 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, ...)
1AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AC5What a sneeze sounds like
1AC4Peak; or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
1BE5Sandy shoreline
1BE9Look for stuff in the sand by the water, compound pangram
2BE6,6Turn into; or begin to be; or qualify as (She hopes to … a doctor)
1BE5Tree that’s a homophone of a sandy shoreline
1BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
1CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
1CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
1CA5Jewelry with a carved portrait; bit part in a movie played by a celebrity (… appearance)
1CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
1CA4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CH5Cancer treatment with poison, slang abbr.
1CO5Athletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; bus, noun
1CO41st part of popular soda brand name
1CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
1CO4Silver Pacific salmon
1CO4Prolonged unconscious state
1CO4Toothed instrument to fix hair
1CO5Slang abbr. for a small jazz band, or a grouping of different foods (… platter or meal)
1CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
1EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
1EC4Reflection of a sound, reverberation, noun/verb
1EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
1HO5Cheap liquor
1MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
1MA5Showing aggressive pride in one's masculinity (Village People's … Man)
1ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
1MO5Espresso drink with chocolate
1MO5Beggar or scrounger, noun; to ask for or obtain without paying, verb; or nickname of 10–day White House press secretary (“The …”)

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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