Bee Roots for 2023-07-23

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/ADMOPU
  • Words: 51
  • Points: 182
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1AM5Love in French, noun
1AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
1AR6Warship fleet (Spanish one defeated by England in 1588)
1AR5Protective covering against weapons (suit of …)
1AR5Pleasant smell (baking bread, e.g.)
1AR4Plant genus with → shaped leaves, often called … lilies
1AU4Supernatural glow encircling a person
1AU6Polar lights (… Borealis)
1DO4Room or bldg. entrance
1DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
1DO4Student housing abbr.
1DO4Gloomy appearance or manner
1DR4Scottish whisky serving size, ⅛ oz.
1DR5Serious or exciting play, show, film, or events (Don’t be such a … queen!)
1DR5Sag, or hang limply
1DR4Let fall, verb; or a tiny amount of liquid, noun
1DR4Rhythm instrument you play with sticks, noun/verb
1DU5Hard wheat used in pasta
1MA6Search for things to steal or people to attack (think pirates, gangs, or armies); from Old French "rascal"
1MA4Old-timey schoolteacher honorific
1MO4Othello (“The …”), noun; or to tie up a boat, verb
1MU7Where you take off your shoes after playing outside (compound)
1MU6Soft, indistinct sound (noun/verb)
1OD4Bad smell (body …)
1PA7Government-owned hotel in Spain
1PA8Release people or supplies from a plane by ‘chute
1PA8Married person’s mistress (from French ‘by love’)
1PO9Upswept hairstyle named after a mistress of French King Louis XV, pangram
1PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
1PO4Flow rapidly in a steady stream
1PR4Baby carriage in Britspeak
1PR4Poke, nudge, or spur (reluctant person or cattle)
1PR4Formal dance held in springtime
1PR5A piece of publicity or advertising, especially in the form of a short film or video
1PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
1PR5Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of your own achievements, or those of someone close to you
1PU4Happy cat rumbling sound
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
1RA6Covered porch, or hotel brand
1RA4Sloped walkway
1RA6Stick for loading a gun, or adj. for rigid posture (compound)
1RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
1RO7Diagram that shows where highways and towns are (compound)
1RO4Wander, or use your phone on another network
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO4Play roughly and energetically, verb/noun
1RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance
1RO4Chamber of a house (kitchen, bed-…, bath-…), noun/verb
1RU5Scuttlebutt, gossip (… has it)
1UP6Furor, turmoil

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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