Bee Roots for 2023-06-29

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: P/ABELNO
  • Words: 64
  • Points: 243
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1AP5Sleep breathing disorder
1AP6Horrify (his tasteless jokes … me)
3AP6,8,10Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
1AP51 of these fruits a day keeps the doctor away
1BE8Stick for supporting legume plants, or slang for tall & thin person, compound pangram
1BE5Fast jazz style (“Cowboy …” anime series)
1BE4Car horn sound, noun/verb
1BL5Cover a profanity with a sound (… out)
1BL5Electronic tone similar to profanity cover sound; or mistake (usually with –ER); or a weakly hit fly ball in baseball that is too high for the infielders and too short for the outfielders
1EL5Run away to marry
1EP4Fencing sword
1LA5Jacket edge that’s folded back
1LE4Forceful jump (of faith?), noun/verb
1LO6Move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
1LO4Closed curve
1LO4Run like a wolf, with bounding strides
1NA4Scruff of the neck
1NA8Flaky rectangular pastry with a sweet filling; or a French general who lost at Waterloo
1NE4Tide with least difference between low & high water
1NO4Slang negation
1OP4Gemstone from Australia, October birthstone
2OP4,8Pull on a door handle to gain admittance, verb/adj.
1PA5Song of praise or triumph
1PA6Spanish rice, saffron, chicken, and seafood dish
1PA6Traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches, esp. on a beach, noun
1PA4White-faced, NOT a bucket
1PA5Diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans
1PA4Figurative dark cloud, or funeral "bearer"
1PA4Arthropod antenna for touch & taste, or start of medical exam by touch term
1PA8So intense (a feeling or atmosphere) as to seem almost physical (a … sense of loss), or can be felt by touch
1PA4Single sheet of window glass
1PA5Flat component set into the surface of a door or wall; flat surface with instruments (control ...)
1PA4Father, slang
1PA5Pontiff adj.
1PE4Repeated bell ringing or laughter
1PE6Small rock (… Beach golf course near Monterey, CA)
2PE4,8Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
1PE4Backside of a hammer
1PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
1PE5Relating to punishment (law)
1PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
1PE4Low-ranking worker, drudge
1PE6Humanity, or celeb mag with annual “sexiest man”
1PL4Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
1PL5Flat geometric surface; or short for flying vehicle
1PL4Urgent request (Mercy!), or court statement of guilt or innocence
1PL4Commoner, slang insult, from Latin
1PL5Military academy cadet, slang
1PL5Puerto Rican music having a highly syncopated rhythm and often satirical lyrics
1PL4Sound of Alka–Seltzer before the fizz
1PO7Large dark green mild chili pepper,
1PO4What a firefighter slides down
1PO4Opinion survey, homophone of above (straw, Gallup, e.g.)
1PO6Dusty flower reproductive emission that causes allergies
1PO4Croquet on horseback
1PO4Unleavened cornbread, often Southern or Native American
1PO4Swimming venue
1PO4Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)

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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