Bee Roots for 2024-03-25

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: B/GILMNO
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 273
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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, ...)
2BI4,7Invoice, or actor Murray, noun/verb
1BI71 followed by 9 zeroes (in US & France); Latin 2 prefix, ordinal form is a pangram
1BI7Receptacle for storing a specified substance, noun/verb; trash can (British)
1BI7Overindulge (…-watch Netflix); verb/noun
1BI5Game with a number sheet, marker, and a number caller
2BL4,5Russian pancake
1BL5Flashy jewelry (think rappers), noun
2BL4,8Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
2BL4,8Online journal, noun/verb
2BL5,8(Of a plant) produce flowers
1BO7Make a quick short movement up and down (… for apples); short haircut for women
1BO6Sewing machine thread holder
1BO8Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
1BO7Wet muddy ground too soft to support something heavy; become stuck in such a place, verb (negotiations …ed down)
1BO8Cause someone to be astonished or overwhelmed
2BO4,7Heat water to 212°F or 100°C
1BO5Sound of a spring or jack-in-the-box, noun
1BO4Cotton seed target for weevil
1BO4Western string tie
2BO4,7It explodes, noun/verb
1BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
1BO6Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
1BO4Water pipe for smoking weed, or sound of a large bell
1BO5Paired small drum held between the knees
1BO6Small ape related to chimps
1BO6Express disapproval at a game, verb; what ghosts say
1BO4Breast, slang
1BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
2BO4,7Sound of explosion or subwoofer
1BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
1GI6Another small ape related to chimps, or “Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire” author; noun
1GI6Insulting or mocking remark, noun/verb
1GL4Insincere & shallow
1GL4Semi-liquid lump, as in cheese
1GO8Eat quickly and noisily; or sound that turkeys make
1GO6Monstrous creature in folklore, LOTR, or D&D; noun
1IM8Drink (alcohol) (formal)
1LI4General term for an arm or leg, or large tree branch (go out on a…)
1LI5Uncertain waiting period (in …), a place for a soul not in either Heaven or Hell, or a dance where you bend backwards to pass under a bar
1LO7Throw or hit a ball high in the air, verb/noun
1LO4Wolf, Spanish
1MO7Large crowd of disorderly people
1NI8Small, tentative chew, verb; or a snack, noun
1NI5Large gray rain cloud
1NO4Beginner, gamer slang
1OB8Compel (past tense is a pangram)
1OB6Having an stretched-out rectangular or oval shape

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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