Bee Roots for 2024-04-13

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: N/AILOPV
  • Words: 42
  • Points: 189
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: Perfect Peter Wright

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, ...)
1AN5Yearly record book
1AN4Soon, poetically
1AN4Opening at the end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body, adj. form also means uptight
1AN5Heavy block for metalworking (… Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore)
1AN5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
1AP5Bee-related adj.
1AV5Bird-related adj. (… Flu, e.g.)
1LA5Hawaiian porch or island
1LA7Sheep (wool) oil, used as skin moisturizer
1LA4Put something down
1LI4Roaring animal that travels in a pride (… King)
1LL5South American grassy plain
1LO4Borrowed $, noun/verb
1LO4Sex organ region of body (fruit of my …s); anagram of “… King” animal
1LO4“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Spike that’s hammered, noun/verb
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5Seafaring military force, adj., not belly button
1NO91 followed 30 zeroes; Latin 9 prefix
1NO412:00, midday, 🕛
1NO4Star explosion, PBS science show, or Chevy model that doesn’t go (in Spanish)
1ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
1OP7Belief or judgment (In my humble …)
1PA4Sensation from an injury, noun/verb
1PA6Toasted Italian sandwich
1PA8Spaniel with butterfly ears
1PA8Decorative building used as a shelter in a park
1PI5Liberace’s instrument (also Billy Joel's and John Legend's, not to mention Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Clara Schumann, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Glenn Gould)
1PI7Instrument with 88 keys played by a roll of punched paper
1PI7Passenger seat behind rider on motorcycle or horse; starts with above
1PI6Part of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack & …” steering)
1PI6Fosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
1PL5Ordinary, unadorned, NOT a 747; adj.
1PL4Detailed proposal (teacher’s lesson …), noun; or prepare in advance, verb
1PO6Plain-woven fabric, typically a lightweight cotton, with a corded surface
1VA4Conceited (Carly Simon “You’re So …”)
2VA7,8Flavor from beans of white (plain …) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
1VA7Group of commuters who travel together in a baby bus
1VI7Bad guy in a story
1VI6Itzhak Perlman’s fiddle

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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