Bee Roots for 2023-08-03

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: M/AINRTV
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 161
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Moody Mixologist

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, ...)
1AI6Flying ♂, compound
1AN5Jungian term for inner ♀ part of ♂
1IM4Prayer leader at mosque
1MA4Permanently injure
1MA4Primary (Street), adj.
1MA8Keep up (appearances), or support; verb
2MA4,5♀ parent, slang
1MA5Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
1MA5Exodus food from the sky
1MA5Ray (fish)
1MA6Repeated yoga word, or slogan
1MA6Place to tie up boats
1MA8Tomato pasta sauce
1MA4Old-timey schoolteacher honorific
1MA4Store (K–, Wal–)
1MA7Someone from the red planet (Marvin, e.g.)
1MA6Rat Pack singer Dean (Dino); or a swift-flying insectivorous songbird of the swallow family
1MA7007’s “shaken not stirred” drink
1MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
1MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
1MI6Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
1MI7Soccer parent or carpool vehicle
1MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
1MI5Sweet Japanese cooking wine made from fermented rice
1MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
1TA6Japanese rich, naturally fermented soy sauce
1TA7Small forest-dwelling South American monkey of the marmoset family, typically brightly colored and with tufts and crests of hair around the face and neck
1TA6Japanese & dojo floor mats (畳)
1TR4People mover in Disney parks, parking lots, & cities
1TR4Neaten (hair) by snipping off ends
1TR83-hulled sailboat (“feline” 2-hulled ones are more common)
1VA7Troublesome wild animal, or what Yosemite Sam calls Bugs, pangram
1VI7Nutritional substance such as A & B6, or pill such as Centrum

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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