Bee Roots for 2023-10-21

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: O/DGINXZ
  • Words: 31
  • Points: 161
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: The Leakey Foundation

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, ...)
1DI5Wild Australian canine (“A … ate my baby!”)
1DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
1DI6Carcinogenic component of Agent Orange
1DO5Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)
1DO7Avoid by a sudden quick movement (… the military draft; play …ball)
1DO4Extinct bird; or stupid person, slang
1DO7Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO5Remaining silent & motionless to hide (lie …) (think domestic canine)
1DO7Put on (… we now our gay apparel)
1DO4₫ (Vietnam $), or 2nd ½ of doorbell sound
3DO4,6,7Publish identifying information about someone on the internet, typically with malicious intent
1DO6Sleep lightly and briefly, snooze
1GO5Leave; move from one place to another
2GO4,7Orchestra chime or dinner bell
1GO5Journalism in an exaggerated, subjective, or fictionalized style (exemplified by Hunter S. Thompson)
1GO4Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
1IN6Tropical pea, blue dye from it, or a dark blue color (“… Girls” folk rock duo)
1IO8Treat with element 53 (often done with salt)
1IO8Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
1NO7Move your head up and down a little, usually to signal agreement, verb/noun
1NO6Head, slang (use your…), noun
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
1ON7Leave; move from one place to another
1ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
1OO6Slowly trickle or seep out, verb/noun
1OX9Combine with element 8 (the process that produces rust)
1ZO6An area with a particular purpose, noun; divide an area into parts with designated purposes, verb (residential …)

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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