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Find the links to divide the words into four equal groups, then link the main word from all four links to get the one word answer.

Bird Blood
Source
Dancer Estries
Family Four Magic Mound
Orange Ping Public Room
Rubber Slim Steel Tulip
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The four connecting groups are:

Group 1: Words with synonyms that end with ARROW
BIRD = (sp)arrow, BLOOD SOURCE = (m)arrow, MOUND = (b)arrow, SLIM = (n)arrow

Group 2: Can follow TAP ___
(tap)DANCER, (tap)ESTRIES, (tap)PING, (tap)ROOM

Group 3: Can precede ___ SQUARE
MAGIC square, PUBLIC square, FOUR square, STEEL square

Group 4: Can precede ___ TREE
FAMILY tree, ORANGE tree, RUBBER tree, TULIP tree

The final connection between these four groups is:

ROOT - a word which also means 'bottom', as in the title ('get to the root of...'):
ARROWroot, TAProot, SQUARE root, TREE root.

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  • $\begingroup$ My puzzle was solved in only 2 hours. Nicely done! $\endgroup$
    – Tobbs
    Mar 22, 2023 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Tobbs You posted on my lunch break! That first category had potential to be a real stumper but fortuitously I somehow stumbled upon it before the others :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Mar 22, 2023 at 15:43

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