Bee Roots for 2023-04-24

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: R/ACJLOU
  • Words: 28
  • Points: 125
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Robert Pittman - NOAA

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, ...)
1AC7Make provision for a charge at the end of a financial period for work that has been done but not yet invoiced
1AJ4Slightly open, adj.
1AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
1AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
1AU5Hearing-related adj.
2AU6,7Polar lights (… Borealis)
1CA5Actress Burnett with a variety show, or a Xmas song
1CO6Cloth or leather strip a dog or cat wears around its neck
1CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
1CO5Reef building marine invertebrates, a deep pink hue, or a sea off Australia
1CO7Small Toyota sedan, or the inner ring of flower petals
1CO6Animal pen, or “O.K. …” gunfight site
1CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
1CU7Dutçh Çaribbean island, or blue liqueur with bitter orange peel
1CU4Cause to form into a curved or spiral shape, especially hair, verb/noun; or a weight lifting exercise to develop the biceps
1JO7Humorous, pangram adj. (in a … mood)
1JU51 of the 12 of your peers who decide your fate at a trial
1OC5Happen, exist, or come to mind (it never …-ed to me)
1OC6Medical adj., of or connected with the eyes or vision
1OR8Priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity (the … at Delphi)
1OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
1OR4Killer “whale”
1RA4Indian royal title
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO6Ornamental decorative style from the late Baroque
1RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
1RU5Countryside adj.; opposite of urban

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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