Bee Roots for 2023-10-05

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: D/CEHIKL
  • Words: 60
  • Points: 275
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Montana Leather Company

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)
1CE6Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
1CH7Bank draft, noun; or verify, verb
1CH5Youngster, or chef Julia
1CH9Resembling a juvenile (compound pangram)
1CH7Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
1CI7Fish family that includes angelfish, tilapia, & discus
1CL7Phrasé that’s overused
1CL7What you do to a web button or link, verb; or NPR “Car Talk” guy 1; button or link that allows this is a pangram
2DE6,7Make up one’s mind
2DE4,6Set of playing cards (he's not playing with a full …) or ship floor (meet me for a swim on the Lido …), noun; or punch, slang verb
1DE6Removable wooden frame used in manual papermaking
2DE4,6Property ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
1DE7Killing of a god, noun
2DE4,5Deceptive movement that induces an opponent to move out of position (ice hockey)
1DE4Place to get cold cuts
1DE4Michael’s computer company, or farmer locale in kid’s song
2DE5,6Frozen water
2DI4,5Spotted cubes you roll, noun; or chop into cubes, verb
2DI6,7Pass time aimlessly or unproductively
1DI4Cease to live
1DI4Wall or embankment built to prevent flooding from the sea
1DI4Pickle spice
1ED6Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
1EK4Scrape out (a living or a win, e.g.)
2EL5,6Leave out a sound or syllable when speaking
1HE7Interrupt a public speaker with insults
2HE4,6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
1HE6Back of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
1HE4Grasp in your hands, or wait “on …” (on a call with tech support, e.g.)
1HI4Stay out of sight (play “… & seek”), verb; or animal skin, noun
1HI4Go quickly (archaic)
1HI5Go for a vigorous walk through the woods, verb/noun
1HI6What Jack & Jill went up
1IC4Frozen water
2ID4,5Not doing anything; or, said of an engine, running but not in gear
1KE6Bottom stabilizing ridge of a boat or ship, noun; or capsize, verb
1KI6Strike with foot, verb/noun
2KI6,6Child, informal noun; juvenile goat, noun; deceive playfully, noun
1LE4Summary opening sentence or paragraph of a news article (bury the …); NOT "follow" antonym
1LE7Bloodsucking worm, noun; habitually exploit or rely on, verb
1LI6Tongue off (as an ice cream cone, e.g.), verb/noun
1LI6Cover for the top of a jar; or skin that covers your eye
1LI4Be in a horizontal resting position, or say something false
1LI5Similar, adj.; or find agreeable or enjoyable, verb

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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