Bee Roots for 2024-03-28

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: U/AGHLMP
  • Words: 30
  • Points: 73
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Hawaii Magazine

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, ...)
1AL4Graduate, noun, Latin abbr.
1GA7Move with a clumsy heavy tread, pangram
1GL4Drink or pour liquid & make a hollow sound, verb
1GL4Dejected, morose
1GU5Soviet labor camp
1GU4Noisy shore bird
1GU4Swallow hurriedly or greedily, verb/noun
1HA4Schlep; rent a “U” one when moving to new home
1HU4Polynesian dance, or hoop you twirl around your waist
1HU4Base of ship, or skin of nuts
1HU4A camel has one or two of these
1HU5A snort used to express doubt or contempt
1LA5What you do when you think something's funny, verb/noun
1LU4Hawaiian BBQ
1LU4Soothe (… into a false sense of security), verb; or a pause in activity, noun
1LU4Doozy, or “To Sir With Love” singer
1LU4What you get on your head after being struck
1MA4Wound by tearing & scratching, or Star Wars Sith Lord (Darth …)
1MU4Think over, heat cider or wine, verb; or actor Martin
1MU6A Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine and usually holding an official post
1MU6Loose, brightly-colored Hawaiian dress with a double name
1PL4Obstruction blocking a hole or pipe, noun/verb; or the thing at the end of an electrical cord that goes into an outlet, noun/verb
1PL4Juicy fruit; when dry it’s a prune
1PL5Polite way of saying “fat”
1PU4Tug on, verb
1PU4Soft, wet, shapeless mass (“… Fiction” film), or floating bits of fruit in orange juice, noun/verb
1PU4Cougar AKA panther AKA mountain lion, etc.; also a sneaker brand
1PU4Device for putting air in tires or gas in cars, or slang for high-heeled shoe
2PU4,5Immature insect stage

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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