Bee Roots for 2024-02-10

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: I/ACHLRV
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 201
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
1AC6African or Australian wattle tree
1AC4Trendy smoothie berry
1AR7No longer in use (words, e.g.), adj.
1AR8A collection of historical documents or records, noun/verb, adj. form is a pangram
1AR9Biggest foe or competitor, compound pangram
1AR4Opera solo
1AR4Seed covering
1AR7Get there; what you do at the end of a trip
1AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
1CA6Roe (Beluga...)
1CA5Make petty or unnecessary objections, verb/noun
1CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
1CH5Furniture for sitting
1CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
1CH5Girl, Spanish
1CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2x fashionable)
1CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
1CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
1CH9Medieval knightly system, noun, adj. form is a pangram
1CI5Short microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
1CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
1CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
1CI5Popular Honda model; or municipal (adj.)
1CI5Non-military, or polite; adj.
1HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
1HA4“Age of Aquarius” ‘60s nude hippie rock musical, or what grows on your scalp
1HI4What Jack & Jill went up
1IL5Hip bone
1LA4Animal or criminal den
1LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
1LI5Purple flower or shade
1LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
1RA6Grouping of people based on shared physical characteristics (regardless of …, creed, or color)
1RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
1RA7Car or wagon that is part of a train, compound
1RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
1RI4Wealthy, adj.
1RI4Small stream
1RI5Foe or competitor (sibling …-ry)
1VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
1VI5Catholic rep. or deputy to a bishop, or Episcopal & Anglican clergy member
1VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
1VI5Pathogen that causes diseases such as colds, flu, or COVID; or harmful computer program that spreads across a network

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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