Bee Roots for 2023-07-13

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: L/CDGHIO
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 128
  • 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, ...)
1CH5Youngster, or chef Julia
1CH9State of being a youngster, compound (youngster + head covering)
1CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
1CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
1CH10Person addicted to Hershey or Mars bars
1CI7Fish family that includes angelfish, tilapia, & discus
1CL4Lump of earth, or dunce (slang insult)
1CL4Reason to use Drāno, or wooden shoe, or a type of dancing
1CO7Supplement that amends a will
1CO4Wind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal …”
1CO4Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a …)
1CO5Baby or horse upset tummy
1CO7In anatomy, a gelatinous substance; in chem., a mixture that doesn’t settle & can’t be separated
1CO4“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
1DI5Phallus-shaped sex toy
1DI4Pickle spice
1DO4Small human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
1GI6Male escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
1GI4Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
1GI4Fish breathing organ
1GO8A kid you sponsor at baptism (deity plus youngster), compound pangram
1GO4Element Au, atomic no. 79
1GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
1HI4What Jack & Jill went up
1HO4Grasp in your hands, or wait “on …” (on a call with tech support, e.g.)
1ID4Punk rocker Billy; “American …” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
1IG5Ice house
1IL7Thinking that is rational
1LO4Scottish body of water where Nessie lives
1LO4Crazy, Spanish
1LO4A particular point or place
1LO5Thinking that is rational
1LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
1LO4Hang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
1OL4Mixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine

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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