Bee Roots for 2023-09-26

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/ABDELO
  • Words: 59
  • Points: 275
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Britannica

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, ...)
1AC8An award granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit
1AC4Get a top grade on a test
2AC6,7Give up (power or territory)
1AL9Distribute (resources) for a particular purpose
1BL4Group of like-minded voters
1BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
1CA6Taxi, noun; or travel in a taxi, verb
1CA5Secret political faction
1CA6Jewish mysticism; usually starts with K
2CA5,6Thick wire rope (… bridge), San Francisco trolley (… car), or insulated wire (power or USB …)
1CA8All the things of a group, slang (the whole kit and …)
1CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
3CA4,6,8Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
1CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
1CA8Caribbean veg dish
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
1CE5Person who’s well-known, slang abbr.
2CE4,6Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
1CE5Yo-Yo Ma’s instrument (also Pablo Casals')
1CL4Wearing, or encased; adj. (iron-… guarantee); archaic past participle of clothe
1CL5Group of organisms believed to have evolved from a common ancestor (biology)
1CL6Combo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
1CL4Lump of earth, or dunce (slang insult)
1CO4“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
2CO6,7Repair or make, especially shoes; make or put together roughly or hastily
1CO41st part of popular soda brand name
1CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
1CO4Concluding event, remark, or section, especially in music
2CO6,7Pamper or indulge someone, or cook an egg in water below boiling
3CO4,5,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1CO4♀ student, or mixed ♂ & ♀ school, slang abbr.
1CO4Pepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
1CO4Low temperature, adj.; or flu-like illness, noun (I have a …)
1CO6The act of working with someone to produce or create something, abbrev
1CO5Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
2CO4,6“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
1DA4Type of freshwater fish, including redside, northern pearl, and longnose
2DE6,7Write a computer program, or cipher a message to hide it
1DE6Span of ten years
1DE5Design prepared on special paper for transfer to another surface
1DE4Chrysler Bldg. style (Art …)
2LA4,5Frilly fabric, or shoestring
1LO5From a nearby area, or a train making all stops
1LO6Place where something happens (exotic …)
1LO4Crazy, Spanish

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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