Bee Roots for 2023-10-24

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: T/DEIMPU
  • Words: 66
  • Points: 302
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
2DE5,8Obscure word meaning resign from an office or position
2DE6,7Obscure verb from French meaning to appoint someone to perform a task for which you are responsible; delegate
2DI4,6Limit your food intake, verb/noun
2DU4,7Performance by 2 people (music, dance, etc.)
2ED4,6Revise text
2EM4,7Give off (radiation, signals)
1EM7Opposite of full, adj./verb
1ET5French for “study,” or short musical exercise piece
2IM6,7Ascribe, verb (past tense is a pangram)
1IT4One thing as part of a set, 10 or fewer of these at an express register
1ME4Encounter (I’m supposed to … him in the park)
1ME6Informal gathering of people, service to organize online groups that hold in-person events, compound
2ME4,5Dispense justice (“… out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
1MI4Tiny tick, or very small amount (I'm a … testy today)
1MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
2MU4,5Not able to make sound, noun/verb
1MU4Mixed-breed dog, slang
1PE7Short chain of amino acids
1PE6Animal kept in your house, noun/verb
1PE5The kind of jury that renders verdicts (from French for small)
1PE6Small (French)
2PI5,7Slender tube with a bulb, used to transfer or measure small amounts of liquid in a lab; has 2 spellings
1PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
1PI6Large hole in the ground, noun; set someone in competition against, verb
1PI6Feeling of sorrow for someone who’s had misfortunes, noun or verb (Mr. T: “I … the fool”)
1PU6Marionette, but no strings (Elmo, e.g.)
2PU4,6Hit a golf ball gently on the green
1PU7(Silly?) paste used to seal window glass
1TE6The quality of being boring for a long time
1TE4Short stick that holds up a golf ball, noun/verb
2TE4,6Be full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
2TE5,6Native Am conical hut; 2 spellings
2TE4,6Office worker fill-in, slang abbr.
1TE5Speed at which a passage of music is played; more generally, pace of an activity
2TE5,7Entice (as a donut to a dieter, e.g.), verb
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
2TI4,5What clocks measure & display
1TI5Lacking courage or confidence, adj. (… as a mouse)
1TI6The end of a pointed thing, noun; money given for good service, noun/verb
1TI6Long fur scarf, stole or shawl; or a clerical scarf
1TU5Swollen (rhymes with having a high level of water vapor in the atmosphere)
1TU6Make an exclamation expressing disapproval or annoyance
1TU5Private instructor
1TU5All together, musically (Italian); Little Richard “Wop bop a loo bop” song
1TU4Ballet skirt, or S Afr Bishop Desmond
1UP6Period in which a computer system is operational, compound

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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