Bee Roots for 2023-07-19

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/GHINOW
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 197
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: By Muhammad Mahdi Karim - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikipedia

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, ...)
1GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1HI5African river horse abbr.
2HO4,7O you jump through or spin around your waist (hula …)
1HO7Move by jumping on one foot
1HO6Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
1NI7Pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply, verb/noun
1OP7Express a belief or judgement
1OP7Belief or judgment (In my humble …)
1PH7Device to make calls (tele…)
1PH5Record player, slang abbr.
1PI7Animal that is the source of bacon, noun/verb
1PI7Thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end, used especially for securing fabric, noun/verb
1PI6Evergreen tree with cones, noun; or to long for, verb
2PI4,7Query a computer to determine connection speed; or get a sonar hit; or first word of informal name for table tennis
2PI6,9Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
1PI6Copper or plastic tube that carries water, noun; or to move liquid in one, verb; decorate a cake with icing
1PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
2PO4,7Bouncy “stick”, noun/verb
1PO4Early Atari table tennis game
1PO4Christopher Robbins’ Winnie The … Bear
2PO4,7Tire out (I’m …-ed); or defecate, slang verb/noun
1PO7Make a light explosive sound (… the cork, … the question)
1PO6North American Indian ceremony involving feasting, singing and dancing
2WH4,8A strip of leather fastened to a handle, noun/verb
2WH5,8Loud cry of joy or excitement, noun/verb
2WH4,8Hit hard, or the sound of a hard hit (American informal - drop an O from loud cry of joy or excitement)
1WI6Clean or dry something by rubbing it with a cloth, a piece of paper, or a hand, verb; or a pre-moistened cleaning cloth, noun

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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