Bee Roots for 2023-09-01

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: M/CDEILO
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 250
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: Point to Point Limousines

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, ...)
1CL5Literary term for a region with ref. to prevailing weather (sunny …, e.g.), NOT scale a ladder
1CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CO7Funny genre, “… Central” “Daily Show” network
1CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
1CO7Fancy word for “toilet,” or cabinet or chair containing one
2DE4,6Consider (I … it a great success)
2DE4,6Show off, slang abbr. (a … model impressed investors); or demolish, slang abbrev.
1DI6Faintly lit, adjective/verb
1DI4Coin worth 10 cents
2DO4,5Rounded vault on a roof
2DO8,9Legally, your permanent home, noun/verb, past tense is a pangram
2DO4,6Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
2EM5,6Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
1ID5Slang phrase particular to a language (“raining cats & dogs”), noun
2LI4,5Small green citrus fruit
1LI4Chauffeured, stretched car, slang abbr.
2LO4,6Cloth weaving device
2ME6,7Interfere without the right to do so (don’t … in my affairs!)
2ME5,6Soldier who treats wounded
2ME4,6Combine (Vulcan mind …)
1ME5Confusing scuffle
1ME7Principal musical theme, or pleasing sequence of notes, noun, adj. form is a pangram
2ME4,5Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
1ME4Office note abbr.
1MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
1MI6Between the edges (… of the road)
1MI4Computer music protocol, calf-length skirt, or noon in French
1MI4Not severe (a … case of the flu), or gentle (Clark Kent, the …-mannered reporter)
1MI45,280 feet, or 1.6 km
2MI4,6Wheat or pepper grinder
2MI4,5Silent performer
1MI5Old stencil duplicator, abbr. (missing –graph suffix)
1MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
1MO4Manner in which something happens (… of operation), or fashion (pie à la …)
2MO5,7Strut down a runway showing off new fashion
1MO5Device to get a computer online (cable or DSL …)
2MO4,6To work hard (archaic); homophone of bris snipper
2MO4,6Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
1MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
1MO4Mobster’s ♀
1MO5Sound a cow makes
1MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout