Bee Roots for 2023-07-25

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: Y/AEIMNT
  • Words: 27
  • Points: 139
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Great Divide Brewing Company

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, ...)
1AM7Desirable (hotel or apartment) feature (pool, free wi-fi & parking), pangram
1AM5Friendly relationship (esp. between nations)
1AN7Compound adv. akin to “whenever,” pangram
1EN5Wartime foe
1EN6Extreme hostility or hatred
1EN6Something with distinct existence; foreign business ones have to register
1IN7Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
1IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
1MA4More than a few (… people are saying)
1MA5Fellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
1ME5The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“… Girls”); or intend (I didn’t … to do it)
1ME5Animal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
1MI5Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
1MI6Jewish prayer quorum (10 people, traditionally ♂)
1MY4Talking starling that’s often a pet
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
1NA5Well dressed, adj.
1NE5UK outhouse, slang; or butterfly & fish mesh catcher adj.
1NI6Number of justices on Supreme Court
1NI5Foolish or silly person
1TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
1TE5Minuscule, or trendy youth (…-bopper)
1TI5Silvery-white metal, atomic number 50 (Cat on a Hot … Roof)
1TI4Very small, adj., “Christmas Carol” kid
2YE5,5Matchmaker or gossip, Yiddish
1YE4Abominable snowman

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout