Bee Roots for 2024-04-05

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: C/ADEIMT
  • Words: 75
  • Points: 449
  • Pangrams: 5

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, ...)
1AC6African or Australian wattle tree
3AC7,8,8Place of study or training
1AC4Trendy smoothie berry
1AC4Get a top grade on a test
2AC6,7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
2AC4,6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
1AC4Peak; or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
1AC5Do something
2AC6,7Give up (power or territory)
2AD6,8Someone who’s hooked on drugs
1AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
1CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
2CA6,7One who carries golf clubs
1CA5Trainee in the armed services or police force
1CA4♀ sleeveless undergarment top, slang abbr.
1CA4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
2CE4,5Give up (power or territory)
1CI6Noisy 17–year insect
2CI4,5Quote as evidence
1DE6Span of ten years
1DE6The act of making someone believe something that is not true; the act of giving a false impression
2DE6,7Make up one’s mind
2DE8,9Kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage of a group, pangram
3DE8,9,9Devote time and effort to a particular purpose; or mark an artistic work as being in someone's honor
1DE7Killing of a god, noun
2DE6,8Notice (Do I … a hint of lemon in this cake?)
2DE5,6Frozen water
2DI4,5Spotted cubes you roll, noun; or chop into cubes, verb
1DI5(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
2DI7,8Lay down authoritatively; prescribe; say words that someone will type
2DI6,8Person over-inclined to instruct others
1DI8Limit your food intake, verb/noun
1ED5Official order or proclamation
1EI7Technical term for photographic memory
2EM8,9Cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin, past tense is a pangram
2EM5,6Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
1EM6Med that induces vomiting
1IC4Frozen water
1MA7Stone paving material; last name of Brit surveyor John Louden
1MA9Nut used in candy from Hawaii
2MA4,5Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
1ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
1ME5Soldier who treats wounded
2ME8,9Administer a drug; or treat a condition with a drug, pangram verb
1MI4Flaky rock that breaks off in sheets
1MI43 blind rodents in rhyme
1MI7Imitative behavior, adj.
1MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
1TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
1TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
1TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
1TI7Small songbirds; plural; starts with “breast” slang & ends in “3 blind” rodent

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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