Bee Roots for 2024-04-10

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: B/ELMNOW
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 152
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: EmergeOrtho

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, ...)
1BE4Past participle of “to exist” (“How have you … doing?”)
1BE4It rings
1BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
1BE7Porters, hotel ♂ (plural) who carry bags in response to a ding sound (compound)
1BE6Make a roaring shout; singular of “I Dream of Jeannie” doc
1BE5Underneath (“Look out …!”)
1BL4Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
1BL5(Of a plant) produce flowers
3BL4,4,5What the wind does, or what you do to extinguish birthday candles
1BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
1BO4Cotton seed target for weevil
1BO4Western string tie
1BO4It explodes, noun/verb
1BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert
1BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
1BO4Skeleton part, or what dogs chew & bury; study intensely
1BO6Small ape related to chimps
1BO4Breast, slang
1BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
1BO4Sound of explosion or subwoofer
1BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
1BO5(Usually plural) intestine, or the deepest area of something
1BO4Dish for cereal & soup, noun; or trying to knock down pins in an alley
1BO6Archer; compound made from his main tool and ♂
1BO6Rhyming compound bark of a cartoon dog
1EB4Black, poetic; and/or black wood (“… & Ivory”)
1EL5Arm joint, or macaroni shape
1EM6(Heraldic) symbol or badge (of a nation)
1EN7Aristocrat, aristocratic, or righteous, NOT a Peace Prize from Oslo
1LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
1LO4Wolf, Spanish
1NO5Aristocrat, aristocratic, or righteous, NOT a Peace Prize from Oslo
1NO8♂ from a social class just below royalty; compound
1NO10♀ from a social class just below royalty; compound, plural is a pangram (singular is impossible because it has eight distinct letters)
1NO4Beginner, gamer slang
1OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
1WO6Teeter, as an uneven table
1WO4Where you live before you're born

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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