Bee Roots for 2023-07-06

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/ADILPY
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 169
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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, ...)
1AI6What you breathe
1AI7Broadcasting time devoted to a particular song or performer
1AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
1AP6Honey-producing beehive collection
1AR4Opera solo
1AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
1AR4Seed covering
1AR5Ordered series, esp. math
1DA5Place you buy or produce milk, or food with milk adj.
1DI5Journal with personal thoughts (Anne Frank’s …)
1DR4Cart with open sides
1DR5Power tool with bits for making holes, or practice for an emergency (fire …); noun
2DR4,6Let liquid fall, as a leaky faucet or melting ice cream cone, verb/noun
1DR5Not wet
1DR5Mythical Greek tree nymph
1LA4Animal or criminal den
1LA8Gem cutting & polishing adj., pangram
1LA4Pig fat for cooking
1LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
1LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
1PA4Twosome (socks, aces, e.g.)
1PA6Egyptian writing sheet made from plant fiber
1PA6Turn winnings from a bet into a greater amount by gambling, verb/noun
1PA5Ward off a weapon with a countermove, esp. in fencing
1PI6Tall vertical structure that supports or decorates a building; or, figuratively, someone who reliably supports a group (… of the community)
1PR4Appeal to God; what you do in a house of worship
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
2RA6,8Modern tire design; or arranged like spokes of a wheel, adj.
1RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
1RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
1RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
1RA5Mass meeting of people for a common cause (pep, political)
2RA5,7Swift, as in “transit,” adj., or river whitewater (plural)
1RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
1RI4Small stream
1RI6Tiny wave that spreads out in a liquid, noun/verb; or ice cream with wavy lines of flavored syrup running through it (fudge …)
1RI5$ in Saudi Arabia
1YA43 feet (…stick), or grassy area outside a house

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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