Bee Roots for 2024-02-14

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: V/EGILNO
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 237
  • Pangrams: 1

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, ...)
1EL6Hour before noon
2EN7,10Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
1EV4Number that can be divided by 2 without a remainder, or flat & smooth; adj.; or to make or become that (… out the edges)
1EV7Between afternoon and night
1EV4Wicked (ELO’s “… Woman”, Santana's "… Ways")
2EV6,8Develop gradually (Darwin said that humans and apes …ed from a common ancestor), verb
3GI4,5,6Opposite of take
2GL5,7Covering for your hand with fingers (fits like a …)
2IN8,10Persuade someone to do something by trickery or flattery
2IN7,9Include someone or something as a necessary part or result; past tense can also mean being in a relationship with someone
1LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
2LE5,8Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
4LI4,5,6,8Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
2LO4,6The ♥ in I♥NY, or “zero” in tennis
1NO9Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
1NO5Book of fiction (romance, mystery), noun; or “new” (… idea), adj.
1OG5In architecture, a pointed or Gothic arch; in statistics, a cumulative frequency graph (put a vowel before “take” antonym)
1OL5Small oval fruit with a hard pit, green when unripe, brownish black when ripe
1OV4Appliance for baking
1OV5Sheep adj.
2VE6,7Short for plant or part of a plant used as food; or relax totally, slang
2VE4,7Bride’s face covering
1VE4Tube that returns blood to the heart
1VI5Time spent awake when usually sleeping, especially to keep watch or pray
1VI4Despicable, NOT a small glass container; adj.
1VI4Climbing plant (Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through The Grape…”)
1VI46–stringed upright Renaissance fiddle
1VI6Itzhak Perlman’s fiddle
2VL4,8Personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos, noun/verb
1VO5Thin, semitransparent fabric
1VO4Small burrowing rodent AKA field mouse

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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