Bee Roots for 2023-10-01

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.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: C/AEMNPT
  • Words: 39
  • Points: 192
  • 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, ...)
1AC6Foreign pronunciation (Ricky speaks with a Cuban…), or stress marks on letters (à é ì ó ù)
2AC6,10Consent to receive, or come to believe; verb
1AC7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
1AC4Peak; or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
1AC4Teen facial zits
1AP5Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
1CA4Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
1CA6Small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping, often served with drinks at a reception or formal party
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA4Tilt, or “I am unable to do so” contraction; hypocritical and sanctimonious talk
1CA7Medium-length narrative music for voice & instruments, from Italian for “sung”
1CA7Army or scout water flask
1CA4Superhero back covering, or land that juts into water (… Cod)
1CA6Short feline snooze, compound
1CA4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CE6Powder mixed for concrete & mortar
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1CE8Whale & dolphin noun or adj. from Latin order name
1EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
2EN6,10Live temporarily in a tent, verb/noun
2EN5,9Make a bill into law
1MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
1ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
1ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the …)
1PA4Walk back & forth anxiously, verb; or speed of an activity, noun
1PA4Formal agreement, treaty (don’t make one with the Devil)
1PA7Remedy for all difficulties or diseases
1PA8Italian bacon
1PE5smooth pinkish-brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut; pies made with this are a specialty of the American South
1PE7What you do to atone for a sin
1PE51/100 of a £, or former VP & Indiana Gov
1TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity

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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