Bee Roots for 2024-02-06

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: F/CDEINO
  • Words: 45
  • Points: 267
  • Pangrams: 5

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, ...)
1CO8Arrange laws, rules, or regulations systematically
1CO6Hot drink from roasted & ground beans; you might get some at Starbucks
2CO6,8Burial box, noun; or put a dead person in a burial box, verb (past tense is a pangram)
3CO4,6,7Style someone’s hair, verb/noun
2CO7,8Let in on a secret (… in), pangram verb
1CO10The feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something, noun (we have full … in our staff), pangram noun
2CO7,8Restrict in space, scope, quantity, or time (jailed, e.g.), past tense is a pangram
2DE6,8Resist an attack or protect from harm
2DE6,7Give the meaning of a word, as a dictionary
1DE6Openly resist or refuse to obey
1DE7Treat someone or something as a god
1DI10Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
2DO4,6Remove a hat or clothing
1ED7Formal term for a building, esp. a large, imposing one
1ED7Instruct or improve someone, morally or intellectually
1FE4Give a meal to
2FE5,6Wall (white picket, chain-link), engage in swordplay, or deal in stolen goods; noun/verb
2FE4,6Look after & provide for oneself, without any help from others
1FI4Medieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
1FI5Devilish person, or slang for addict or fanatic
2FI4,5Small flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
1FI6Flat appendage on the body of an aquatic animal (dorsal …)
1FI4Locate something that was lost, verb/noun
2FI4,5Impose a $ penalty (the judge …d him $100 for speeding)
1FO4Center of interest or activity, noun; adjust a camera to get a clear image, verb
1FO4Having an affection or liking for (I’m … of my dog)
1FO4What you eat; victuals
1FO6Slang for eating & cooking enthusiast
1IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
1OF5Murder (slang); gerund form also means the near future
2OF6,8Cause to feel upset, annoyed, or insulted (I didn’t mean to … you with my remark)
1OF6White-collar workplace with desks

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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