Bee Roots for 2024-07-20

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: H/ACIORT
  • Words: 58
  • Points: 276
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: SoundCloud

Table content

root #answers coveredanswer's first letterclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AWhat a sneeze sounds like
21ACurved span
31ANo longer in use (words, e.g.), adj.
41ABuddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
51ASwelling and tenderness of one or more joints
61AFasten 2 things together, noun form is a pangram
71CExcessive buildup of mucus; sounds like feline + pirate sound; has double R
81CIntercept & hold (a fish, a thrown ball, e.g.)
91CThe process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions
101CSpiced Indian tea (… latte)
112CFurniture for sitting
121CComplete disorder and confusion
131CPartially burn & blacken, verb; or trout-like fish
141CHorse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle (…s of Fire), pangram
151CNautical map, or pictorial data representation (pie, bar …)
161CInformal conversation, noun or verb (online … room, group …)
171CFaddish “pet” mint plant
191CGirl, Spanish
201CPretentious style (or almost 2x fashionable)
211CIOU note, Navy memo
221CIdle small talk; slang compound noun or verb that starts with a list word
231CSinging group (Mormon Tabernacle …)
241CAthletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; or bus, noun
251CSilver Pacific salmon
261CA sidekick, or Roman military unit of 6 centuries (1/10 legion)
281H“Age of Aquarius” ‘60s nude hippie rock musical, or what grows on your scalp
291HFrench name for navy bean, pangram
301H♂ deer, not ♥
311HEmerge from an egg, verb
321HArchaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
331HYoga type that pairs poses with breathing
341H“Psycho” director Alfred nickname, or slang for thumb a ride, verb; or device on a vehicle that allows it to attach a trailer, noun
351HCrystallized frost
361HCheap liquor
371HUS Marine cheer word, each syllable pronounced separately
381HOwl sound, noun/verb
391HJewish circle dance (“The …”)
401HMilky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice
411HScary Steven King genre
421IGreek gods’ blood; or wound seepage
431IWhat you scratch (an …)
441OVow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
451OPrescription shoe insert
461REnglish speaking style in which R before a consonant or at the end of a word is pronounced
471RWealthy, adj.
481RScurrying insect; often starts with COCK–
491TDashboard engine RPM gauge abbr.
501TPronoun for the other thing (this & …)
511TStraw roof covering
521TThe part of your body between neck and abdomen
531TFront of neck, “Deep …” Watergate source
541TWhat you chew with
551T1st 5 books of Bible in scroll form for Jews
561T“Tiki” flame holder
571TArchaic var. of “honesty”; you pledge your … in marriage vows

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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