Bee Roots for 2024-03-02

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: R/GNOPUW
  • Words: 23
  • Points: 82
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Greek Gods and Goddesses

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, ...)
1GO63 Greek sisters with snakes for hair & petrifying gazes
1GO4Trail mix of dried fruit & nuts
1GR4Watered-down (nautical) rum
1GR5Set of nearby and/or similar people or things, noun/verb
2GR4,5Get bigger (kid, plant)
1GR7Adult, pangram
1GU4Indian spiritual teacher
1PO4Lacking $, or worse than ideal
2PO4,5Smutty images
1PO4Flow rapidly in a steady stream
1PR5Fork or antler tine, or deer species (-horn)
1PR7In grammar, word that refers to people being discussed (I or you, e.g.)
1PR4Support (… up), verb; on-stage object or ballot initiative abbr., noun
1PR4The part of the bow of a ship that's above water
1PU4Happy cat rumbling sound
1RU4Make a bell sound, verb/noun; encircle, verb/noun
1UN7Set of nearby and/or similar people or things, noun/verb
1UN6What you do with clothes, verb; or the result of a lot of that, noun (… and tear)
1WO4What you do with clothes, verb; or the result of a lot of that, noun (… and tear)
1WR5What you do to a mop to remove the excess water (… out); or what some do with their hands when anxious
1WR5Opposite of right

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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