Bee Roots for 2024-04-11

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: T/ABCIKR
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 215
  • 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, ...)
1AR6North Pole adj. (… Circle or Ocean)
1AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
1AT6Assault, noun (an enemy …) or verb (… the problem head-on)
1AT5Flower oil for perfume
1AT5Unfinished room below roof; garret
1AT7Entice, lure, or evoke (… attention; opposites …), verb
1BA8Card game of 2- or 3-card hands, in which the winner has the highest remainder when its face value is divided by ten
1BA7Say mean or spiteful things about someone who is not present, compound
1BA9Retrace your steps; or reverse your previously-stated opinion, compound
1BA4(Put a) worm on a fishing hook; verb/noun
1BA9Branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of obesity
1BA5Technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent
1BR4Badly behaved child; or a type of sausage (…wurst)
1BR8Fragment of a hard material, especially when used as a missile, compound pangram
1CA5Succulent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
1CA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1CA4Shopping trolley you push
1CA8Eye cloudiness, or waterfall
1CI8Italian “slipper” bread
1CI6Tree genus that includes lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit, or the fruit of those trees
1CR6Fault-finder (“everyone’s a …”), or arts & dining reviewer
1KA5Unit of weight for gems, NOT bunny food
1KA4Small racing vehicle (Go-…), NOT shopping basket
1RA6Gregarious, plant-eating mammal with long ears, long hind legs, and a short tail (famous ones include Bugs and Roger)
1RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
1RA7Machine gun sound
1RI6What a frog says (I'm not kidding - it's really a Spelling Bee word)
1TA5Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
1TA4Small nail (thumb …, carpet …), noun; use one, or sail into the wind, verb
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
1TA6Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
1TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
1TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
1TI5Shin bone
1TI4Bloodsucking arachnid that transmits Lyme disease, or mechanical clock sound; noun/verb
1TI4Polynesian or Maori god, or Polynesian style (… bar or torch, Kon-… raft)
1TI5Indian dish of small pieces of meat or vegetables marinated in a spice mixture
1TR5What people, cars, & horses race on
1TR5Large land area, or body passage (“digestive …”)
1TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
1TR5Action meant to deceive or cheat, noun/verb; or a skillful act performed for entertainment (one … pony)

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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