Bee Roots for 2023-10-02

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: I/BDEGOT
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 199
  • 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, ...)
1BE5Pale sandy yellowish-brown color
2BE6,7Literary synonym for happen (Woe … the villain)
2BI4,5Remain or stay somewhere, archaic verb (you must go and I must …)
1BI5French bathroom fixture
1BI6Opposite of small
2BI5,7Deeply prejudiced person
1BI4Use teeth to cut into food (take a … out of the apple)
1BO6Your physical structure, or car frame
2BO6,7Dance to fast pop music (…down), slang; or a style of blues played on the piano with a strong fast beat
1BO6Baby foot covering
2DE5,7Entry recording an amount owed
1DI4Cease to live
2DI4,6Limit your food intake, verb/noun
1DI5Finger, toe, or any numeral from 1–9
1DI51–way semiconductor with 2 terminals
1DI5“Same here” or “same as above”
1DO6Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO5Motherless or neglected calf
1DO6Marijuana cigarette, slang
1ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
2ED4,6Revise text
1GE5Hypothetical shape of the earth, coinciding with mean sea level
2GI4,5Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
1GI6Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
1GO6Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
1ID5Stupid person (village …)
1IO6Compound made with element 53
1OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
1TI6Small piece of tasty food or gossip
2TI4,5Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
1TI6Neatly arranged, adj.; or neaten up, verb
1TI4Fasten with string or cord, verb/noun

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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