Bee Roots for 2024-03-27

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/ACDKPT
  • Words: 34
  • Points: 132
  • 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, ...)
1AP5Separately (… from that), or in pieces (taken …)
1AP7Soviet admin system (…-chik)
1AT5Flower oil for perfume
1AT7Entice, lure, or evoke (… attention; opposites …), verb
1CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1CA4Thing used to play poker & bridge, noun; or ask for ID as proof of age before entry, verbified noun
1CA4Gefilte fish source, noun; or to complain (… about), verb
1CA7British word for a lot or garage where you can pay to leave your car temporarily
1CA4Shopping trolley you push
1CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
1CR5Slang for cocaine you smoke, or fracture line, noun + adj.
1CR4Excrement, or something of extremely poor quality, noun/verb
1DA4Absence of light
1DA4Spike thrown at a board
1DR4Mild exclamation of annoyance used by cartoon villains, anagram of spike thrown at board
1KA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1KA4Small racing vehicle (Go-…), NOT shopping basket
1PA7Bushy-tailed rodent (Neotoma cinerea) that hoards food and miscellaneous objects; or a person who keeps lots of unnecessary things, compound
1PA4Large public green area in a town, used for recreation (a walk in the …, or …s & rec), noun; or turn your car off and leave it temporarily, verb
1PA5Warm hooded coat, usually lined with fur or fake fur
1PA4Some but not all, or line combed into hair
1PR4Brit slang for a fool or butt (“…fall”); similar to “Jurassic Park” actor Chris
1RA4Frame used to lock up bikes, set up billiards balls, organize spices, or dry dishes, e.g.
1RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
1RA4Fascinated, mesmerized; adj.
1RA7Machine gun sound
1RA7Device to catch large rodents, or a run-down place, compound
1TA4Waterproof sheet used as outdoor roof, abbr.
1TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
1TR5What people, cars, & horses race on
1TR8Alt name for computer touch input device (mouse substitute); compound pangram
1TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
1TR4Device for catching things

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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