Bee Roots for 2023-07-29

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/DEIMOT
  • Words: 54
  • Points: 305
  • Pangrams: 3

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)
2CI4,5Quote as evidence
1CO5Spherical or nearly spherical bacterium
2CO4,5Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1CO4♀ student, or mixed ♂ & ♀ school, slang abbr.
1CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CO7Funny genre, “… Central” “Daily Show” network
1CO5Icy solar system body with a tail
1CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
2CO6,9Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
1CO9Group of people appointed for a specific function, usually members of a larger group
1CO7Fancy word for “toilet,” or cabinet or chair containing one
1CO5Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
1CO4Foolish old ♂, or water bird
1CO6Kid’s imaginary germ, or a body louse
1CO4Dove shelter, NOT a jacket
2DE6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
2DE8,11Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
1DE6The act of making someone believe something that is not true; the act of giving a false impression
2DE6,7Make up one’s mind
1DE4Chrysler Bldg. style (Art …)
2DE6,8Extract the essence of something by heating or boiling
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
1DO6Slang: company that relies largely on internet commerce
1EC7“Killing” of the environment
1ED5Official order or proclamation
1EI7Technical term for photographic memory
2EM5,6Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
1EM6Med that induces vomiting
1IC4Frozen water
1ID7Stupid person (village …)
2ME5,6Soldier who treats wounded
1MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
1MI7Imitative behavior, adj.
1MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
1OC5Group of 8 (musicians)
1TI7Small songbirds; plural; starts with “breast” slang & ends in “3 blind” rodent

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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