Bee Roots for 2023-11-25

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: N/GILMUZ
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 267
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Business Insider

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, ...)
1GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
1GI8Silly laugh; verb/noun
1GI7Fish breathing organ
1GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game
1GL6Adhesive substance; noun/verb
1GL8Drink or pour liquid & make a hollow sound, verb
1GU7Noisy shore bird
1GU7Skin around your teeth; something you chew but don't swallow
1GU7Lethal weapon that shoots bullets; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …), noun/verb
1GU8Drink greedily
1IM10Resistant to infection; protected or exempt from
1IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
2LI4,7(Literary verb) represent by image or words, or outline or highlight
1LI6A queue, what you wait in for your turn
1LI8Narrow ribbon pasta (Italian diminutive of tongues)
1LU7Carry or drag with great effort; slang term for someone who is strong but not smart
1LU6High-speed sled you ride on your back
1LU7Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
1LU4Breathing organ
1LU7Thrust the body forward suddenly
1MI7Wheat or pepper grinder
1MI6Silent performer
1MI6Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
1MI8Mix or cause to mix together; associate with others at a social function
1MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
1MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
2MI7,10Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
1MU7Large cup, used without a saucer; slang term for a person's face
1MU7Think over, heat cider or wine, verb; or actor Martin
1MU4Small round green bean native to India, noun
1MU8Projecting part of the face, including the nose and mouth, of an animal such as a dog or horse; open end of a firearm (gerund form is a pangram)
1NI8Cause slight but persistent annoyance or worry (a …ing suspicion or doubt)
1NU4Having no legal or binding force; invalid
1NU8Rub or push against gently with the nose and mouth
1UN10Projecting part of the face, including the nose and mouth, of an animal such as a dog or horse; open end of a firearm (gerund form is a pangram)
1ZI7Sharp change of direction; noun/verb
2ZI4,7Enthusiasm, move rapidly with a high-pitched noise, criticize, or center word in Sheldon Cooper’s “gotcha!” catchphrase

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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