Bee Roots for 2024-03-29

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: V/ADELTU
  • Words: 41
  • Points: 234
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: The Sun

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, ...)
2DE5,6Reach inside a receptacle and search for something
2DE7,8What something’s worth (retail … of a used car)
1DU5Bed quilt with a removable cover
2EA4,5Roof overhang, NOT Adam’s mate
2EL7,8Raise up, verb
2EV5,6Escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or trickery
2EV8,9Assess, verb, past tense is a pangram
1LA4Molten rock from a volcano
1LE5Depart, verb
1LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
2LE5,7Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
1UV4Pigmented eye layer beneath the white part
2UV5,6It hangs above your throat at the back of your mouth
1VA4Low area of land between mountains (… of Tears)
2VA5,7Parking attendant, or one who helps you dress
2VA7,8Appraise, verb, past tense is a pangram (seems like it should start with an e)
2VA5,6What something’s worth (retail … of a used car)
1VA5Device that controls passage of fluid or air (shut-off …, heart …)
2VA5,7Bank safe, or high arched ceiling, or gym jump, noun/verb, past tense is a pangram
1VE4Calf meat (… Parmesan)
2VE4,5Open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa
1VE6Soft fabric, developing antler cover, or Lou Reed’s “… Underground” rock band
1VE6Person with combat experience, noun; check credentials, verb
3VU5,6,6♀ outer genitals

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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