Bee Roots for 2024-03-04

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: G/ACENOT
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 186
  • Pangrams: 2

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, ...)
1AG5Banded quartz, perhaps a toy marble
1AG5Person who acts on behalf of another person or group (secret …)
1AG4Very excited to hear or see something, adj.
1CA4Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
1CO6Clear, logical, and convincing
1CO6High-quality brandy from western France
1CO7Having the same linguistic derivation as another word
1CO5Latin American dance of African origin, usually with several people in a single line, one behind the other; tall drum played with hands
1CO6Broth or porridge made from rice
1CO7Small simple house, typically one near a lake or beach (… cheese, … industry)
1CO9Completely different line of thought or action (sometimes I go off on a …); (math) a line or plane that approximates a curve or surface at a point; or (math) trig function (sine/cosine)
1EC7Sabotage designed to publicize or harass people believed to be harming the environment
1EG6Creamy Xmas drink with nutmeg & rum
1EN6Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
1EN6Commit to marry (with an …-ment ring)
1GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
1GA4Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
1GA4Hinged barrier, or airplane boarding area
1GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
1GE4DNA sequence that determines traits, or singing cowboy Autry
1GE4♂ counterpart to “lady,” slang abbr.
1GE6Add locational data to a photo, video, or social media post
1GN4Tiny flying insect
1GO4Alt milk source (nannies, billies, & kids)
1GO6Pointed beard
1GO4Away, out of, past; adj. (“… Girl” film with Affleck)
1GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
1GO5Intend to do, slang contraction
1GO5Have to do so, slang contraction (I’ve … run)
1NE6Nullify; make ineffective
1NO79–sided shape
1OC78-sided shape
1OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
1TA4Strong taste, flavor, or smell; astronaut orange juice
1TA7Completely different line of thought or action (sometimes I go off on a …); (math) a line or plane that approximates a curve or surface at a point; or (math) trig function (sine/cosine)
1TA5South American ballroom dance with abrupt pauses, noun/verb
1TE7Between twelve and twenty
1TO4Wrap worn in ancient Rome (… party)
1TO72,000 pounds; or 2,240 pounds; or a whole lot, noun
1TO4Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural (or used as a verb)

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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