Bee Roots for 2024-03-17

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: N/AGLOPY
  • Words: 46
  • Points: 207
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Elephango

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, ...)
1AG5Extreme pain
1AL5Down or next to (… the road), during (… the way), or with (brought …), preposition or adv.
1AN6Clock with hands; not digital; adj.
1AN7Comparison (life is like a box of chocolates)
1AN5Yearly record book
1AN5Irritate, vex, irk
1AN4Soon, poetically
2AN4,6Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body, adj. form also means uptight
1GA8Asian plant of the ginger family, widely used in cooking and medicine
1GA6128 liquid oz.
1GA4Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
1GA6Said of a person who is tall, thin, and awkward
1GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
1GO5Intend to do, slang contraction
1GO5Black-footed albatross
1LA6Inlet separated by a reef; “Blue …” film with Brooke Shields
1LL5South American grassy plain
1LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
1LO4“Short” antonym, adj.; or yearn (for)
1LO6Tropical Asian fruit similar to lychee
2LO4,5“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA5Annoy or irritate with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
1NO10Acknowledgement of regret (I owe him an … for my insult)
2NO7,99–sided shape
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
1NY5Synthetic stocking fabric
1ON5Pre-molded tooth restoration that covers chewing surface
1ON4Sole, nothing more (“I’m … human!”)
1OO6Dark Chinese tea (black dragon)
1PA5Heathen; worshiper of the old gods (… rituals)
1PA4Stab of emotion (… of guilt or regret)
1PA7Splendid display; complete or impressive collection of things
1PL4Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
2PO7,9Geometric figure with an unspecified number of sides
1PO4Early Atari table tennis game
1PO4Yankee Doodle went riding into town on this small horse breed
1PY5Traffic cone or endzone marker
1YA4Representing heaven, positivity, masculinity, and activity (Chinese philosopy)

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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