Bee Roots for 2023-07-02

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: R/ACDLOT
  • Words: 67
  • Points: 300
  • 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, ...)
1AC6Treaty, or large Honda sedan; noun; or agree (we are in …), verb
1AC5Do something
1AL9Distribute (resources) for a particular purpose
1AL5Table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for making sacrifices
2AO5,6Main blood pipe from heart
1AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
1AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
1AT5Flower oil for perfume
2AT7,9Entice, lure, or evoke (… attention; opposites …), verb
1CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry, verbified noun
1CA7Capacity of an automobile; compound (I have a … of groceries; can you help me bring them in?)
1CA5Actress Burnett with a variety show, or a Xmas song
1CA6Orange veg that bunnies eat
1CA4Shopping trolley you push
1CA8Capacity of shopping trolley, compound pangram
1CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
1CO6Cloth or leather strip a dog or cat wears around its neck
1CO7Southern cabbage …greens; add a letter to the neck of a shirt
1CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
1CO5Reef building marine invertebrates, a deep pink hue, or a sea off Australia
1CO4Unit of firewood, or a string-like object (umbilical, vocal, electric …)
1CO7Small Toyota sedan, or the inner ring of flower petals
1CO6Animal pen, or “O.K. …” gunfight site
1CO7Espresso with a small amount of steamed milk, smaller than a flat white
1CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
1DA4Spike thrown at a board
2DO6,8“Who” travels in a TARDIS, or physician + degree they & professors hold; adjective form of the degree is a pangram
1DO6US currency
1DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
1DO4Room or bldg. entrance
1DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
1DO6“Old & feeble” insult used by N Korea about our former pres.
1DR4Mild exclamation of annoyance used by cartoon villains, anagram of spike thrown at board
1DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
1DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
1LA4Pig fat for cooking
1LO7Find, pinpoint; GPS helps you do this
1LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
1OD4Bad smell (body …)
1OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
1OR6Make a speech
1OR4Killer “whale”
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
1RA7Machine gun sound
1RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO6Ornamental decorative style from the late Baroque
1RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
1RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
1RO4Plant anchor that sucks up water
1RO7Move in a circle around an axis or center
1RO5Device or blade that spins
1TA4Asian veg that sounds like fortunetelling cards
1TA5Fortunetelling cards
1TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
1TO4Bull, Spanish
1TO4Legal wrong, NOT pastry
1TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
1TR7Farm vehicle for towing
1TR4Step on; snake flag motto "Don't … on me"
1TR5Monster who lives under a bridge, or online forum troublemaker
1TR4Fast walking pace for horses or people

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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