Bee Roots for 2024-02-11

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.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: I/AGJMNU
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 274
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Holland Veterinary Hospitals

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, ...)
1AG5Another time; once more; adv.
1AG5How old you are, noun; or grow older, verb; or period of history, noun
1AI6Point at a target
1AN6Medical term for severe (chest) pain
1AN5Jungian term for inner ♀ part of ♂
1GA7Choke or retch, verb; or material placed over someone's mouth to prevent them from speaking or crying out, noun/verb
2GA4,7Increase the amount or rate of (you always … a few pounds on a cruise)
1GA6Competitive form of play (poker, soccer, Scrabble, etc.)
1GA5Archaic word for a ♂ street urchin, from French
1GA7Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
1GA7Measuring dial (fuel …)
1GI7Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
1GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; or card game, noun/verb; or device for separating cotton seeds from fibers, noun/verb
1GU7Skin around your teeth; something you chew but don't swallow, noun/verb
1GU7Lethal weapon that shoots bullets; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …), noun/verb
1IG6Tropical lizard, noun
1IM7Picture or other representation of a person or thing (mirror … is that thing reversed), or public perception of a celebrity or company (polish their…), noun/verb
1IM9Form a mental picture or concept; or John Lennon's 1971 album and title song
1IM4Prayer leader at mosque
1IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
1JA7Spree (crying …); or prick/thrust/move in jerks, verb (… edge)
1JA7Squeeze or pack tightly, verb/noun (often happens to paper in a printer or copier)
1JI7Lively dance with leaping movements, noun/verb
2JI4,5Arabian air or flame spirit, portrayed as living in lamps & granting 3 wishes
1JU7Container for liquids, noun; stew or boil a hare or rabbit, verb
1MA4The 3 biblical wise ♂, Latin plural
2MA4,7Permanently injure
1MA4Primary (Street), adj.
1MA7Adult ♂
1MA8Administer (she got promoted to …ment)
1MA5Craze, noun (Beatle-…)
1MI6Silent performer
1MI6Where you dig for ore, or anti-ship bomb
1MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
1MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
2MI6,7Smallest amount (the … bet at this table is $100)
1MU7Large cup, used without a saucer; slang term for a person's face
1NA7Annoy or irritate with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging
1NA6What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
1NI5Stealthy Japanese warrior in black
1UM5Savory taste, noun, from Japanese
1UN9Squeeze or pack tightly, verb/noun (often happens to paper in a printer or copier)
1UN9Adult ♂

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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