Bee Roots for 2024-03-24

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: R/ACDILO
  • Words: 65
  • Points: 268
  • 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, ...)
1AC6Treaty, or large Honda sedan; noun; or agree (we are in …), verb
1AC5Strong & unpleasant taste or smell, adj., noun form is a pangram
1AR7Region or scene of simple pleasure or quiet, city near LA, or mountainous southern region of Greece
1AR4Musically, “with the bow,” or gas brand
1AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
1AR4Opera solo
1AR4Dry (climate or land), adj.
1AR4Seed covering
1CA7Unit of energy in food; one of the adjective forms that mean having lots of these is a pangram
1CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry, verbified noun
1CA7Heart, medical adj. (… arrest)
1CA6Exercise that works the heart, slang abbr.
1CA8Heart-shaped curve in math
1CA7Rio de Janeiro native
1CA7Capacity of an automobile; compound (I have a … of groceries; can you help me bring them in?)
1CA5Actress Burnett with a variety show, or a Xmas song
1CI5“Around” when used before a year, Latin
1CI5Cloud forming wispy streaks (“mare's tails”) at high altitude
1CO4Fiber from the outer husk of the coconut, used for making ropes & matting
1CO6Cloth or leather strip a dog or cat wears around its neck
1CO7Southern cabbage …greens; add a letter to the neck of a shirt
1CO5Red, green, blue, purple, etc.
1CO5Reef building marine invertebrates, a deep pink hue, or a sea off Australia
1CO4Unit of firewood, or a string-like object (umbilical, vocal, electric …)
1CO7Warm & friendly (… relations), adj.; or a liqueur (cherry …), pangram noun
1CO7Small Toyota sedan, or the inner ring of flower petals
1CO6Animal pen, or “O.K. …” gunfight site
1CO7Bullfight, Spanish (… de toros)
1CR4Holey shoe, or alligator relative abbr.
1CR5Small plant that blooms early in spring
1DO6US currency
1DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
1DO4Room or bldg. entrance
1DO6Mahimahi; or South American freshwater fish with a golden body and red fins
1DR5Power tool with bits for making holes, or practice for an emergency (fire …); noun
1DR5Star Wars robot (R2D2, C3PO, BB–8), or last syllable of Google phone OS (An…)
1DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
1DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
1LA4Animal or criminal den
1LA4Pig fat for cooking
1LI4Someone who doesn’t tell the truth
1LI4₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
1LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
1OD4Bad smell (body …)
1OR4Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
1OR4Killer “whale”
1RA6Grouping of people based on shared physical characteristics (regardless of …, creed, or color)
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
1RA6Modern tire design; or arranged like spokes of a wheel, adj.
1RA7Extreme or new (… idea, change), adj.
1RA5AM/FM music & talk device in car & home
1RA5Distance from a point on a circle to the center
1RA4Sudden attack, as in “air” or police;” or insect spray
1RA4What a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
1RA7Car or wagon that is part of a train, compound
1RA8Trains & tracks, compound noun; ends in below (“I’ve been working on the …”)
1RI4$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
1RI4Small stream
1RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
1RO4Lion “shout”
1RO6Ornamental decorative style from the late Baroque
1RO4Stir up mud or trouble (…ed the waters)
1RO4What you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
1RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance

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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