Bee Roots for 2023-07-09

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: C/DEFINT
  • Words: 48
  • Points: 309
  • 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, ...)
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
1CE41/100th of a dollar
2CI4,5Quote as evidence
1CI8Large town (NY, LA, Chicago, etc.)
1DE8A person who has died, in legalese; noun
1DE6The act of making someone believe something that is not true; the act of giving a false impression
1DE6Proper (Are you …? Can I come in?), adj.
2DE6,7Make up one’s mind
2DE6,8Shortcoming or imperfection, noun; or abandon one's country in favor of an opposing one, verb
1DE9Not having enough of something (vitamin …, or immune …)
1DE7Amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small (… spending, attention …)
1DE7Killing of a god, noun
2DE6,8Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
2DE5,6Frozen water
2DI4,5Spotted cubes you roll, noun; or chop into cubes, verb
1DI8Limit your food intake, verb/noun
1DI10Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
1ED5Official order or proclamation
1ED7Formal term for a building, esp. a large, imposing one
2EF6,8Result of an action (cause & …)
1EF9Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1EI7Technical term for photographic memory
2EN6,7Tempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
2FE5,6Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
1IC4Frozen water
1IN8Proper (Are you …? Can I come in?), adj.
1IN11Achieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy …), adj.
1IN9Statistical frequency or occurrence of something bad (disease, crime, e.g.), noun
1IN8Event or occurrence
2IN6,7Provoke unlawful behavior (… a riot)
2IN6,8Legal term for formally charging with a crime
2IN6,8Pass on a disease to someone
1NI4Pleasant in manner; or city in SE France
1NI5Your sibling’s daughter
1TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”

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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