Bee Roots for 2024-03-31

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: Y/ADEGLO
  • Words: 53
  • Points: 272
  • 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, ...)
2AL5,7Put (fears) at rest
1AL9Claim without proof
1AL5Narrow passageway between buildings. (… cat, …-oop)
2AL5,7Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
1AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict, noun/verb
1DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
1DA5Move slowly, or have casual sex with
1DE6Not alive
1DE7Expert marksman, or disc with holes for sailboat lines, compound made from opposite of alive + vision organ
2DE5,7Make something late (flight …, rain …)
1DO5Avoid by a sudden quick movement (… the military draft; play …ball)
1DO5Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO8Persistent, adj.; or stalked, verb (domestic canine past tense) + adv. (persistently)
1DO5Move on a mobile platform, for example a movie camera
1DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
1DY4Substance used to change the color of something, noun/verb
1ED4Water swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
1ED4A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
1EE4Snake-like fish
1EG4What baby birds hatch from, noun; or throw those things at a house or car, verb; or encourage someone to do something, usually something dumb, verb
1EL5Poem that’s a lament for the dead
1EY4Organ of vision
1GA6Ship or plane kitchen
1GA5Homosexual (used especially of a man); lighthearted and carefree (dated)
1GE7Study of rocks
1GL6Pleased, delighted
1GO5Pious (deity adj.)
1GO6Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
1GO5Informal exclamation of surprise (part of Little Richard song title “Good …, Miss M...”)
1GO5Sticky or slimy substance
1GO6Generous, considerable, or ample (… portion)
1GO5Something attractive or desirable, especially something tasty or pleasant to eat
1GO6Unfocused or rolling eyes, adj.; or cricket bowling variation
1LA4♀ counterpart of gentleman ("… & the Tramp")
1LA5Fall behind, verb/noun
2LA8,11Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
1LE5Body part that connects the rest of you to your feet
1LE7Law adj. (not forbidden by law)
1LO4Sluggish, adj., or “study of” suffix
2LO8,11Dawdle, slang (ends in “mouth covering” synonym)
2LO5,7Faithful, devoted
1OD5Opposite of even (math); unusual
2YE4,6Shout (Billy Idol’s “Rebel …”)
2YO5,7Drake snack cake, or call or sing (in the Swiss Alps?) by alternating between normal voice & falsetto
1YO4Bendy, meditative exercise on mats

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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