Bee Roots for 2024-04-24

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: I/AOPRTY
  • Words: 40
  • Points: 191
  • 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, ...)
1AI7Where you catch flights, compound
1AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
1AP6Honey-producing beehive collection
1AR4Opera solo
1AT5Large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
1IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
1OR8Religious music for orchestra & voice (Handel’s Messiah, e.g.)
1PA4Twosome (socks, aces, e.g.)
1PA6Egyptian writing sheet made from plant fiber
1PA6State or condition of being equal, esp. status or pay (achieve …), noun
1PA7Musical suite of variations, usually for a solo instrument
1PA5Outdoor terrace adjoining a house, from Spanish (… furniture)
1PA7Person who vigorously supports their country & is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors (… Act or missile)
1PI5Ground-dwelling bird that wags its tail & is named for its song
1PI4Flat bread with a pocket, often dipped in hummus or filled with falafel
1PI7Rhyming, usually hyphenated, adv. for rapid beating (my heart went …)
1PI4Feeling of sorrow for someone who’s had misfortunes, noun or verb (Mr. T: “I … the fool”)
1PO8Depiction of someone on canvas (… artist, self …)
2PR5,6Existing before in time, adj. (Sorry, I have a … engagement)
1PR8Fact or condition of being regarded as more important (The pilot’s top … is landing safely)
1RA5Indian yogurt veg dip
1RA6Uncommon; steak served with red inside
1RA5Proportion in math (Golden …, e.g.)
1RI4Civil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
1RO4Indian flatbread that isn’t naan
1TA5Animal similar in appearance to a pig, lives in Central & S America & SE Asia
1TI5Jeweled, ornamental ½ crown
1TI5The end of a pointed thing, noun; money given for good service, noun/verb
1TI6Rhyming compound adj. that means “of the very best quality” (in … condition), compound
1TO7Art of clipping shrubs & trees into ornamental shapes, perfect pangram
1TO5Shinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
1TO4Donut shape
1TR5Characteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
1TR7Benedict Arnold, e.g.
1TR9Italian restaurant with simple food
1TR4Musical group of 3 (Kingston …)
2TR4,6Journey, noun (you’ve won a … to Paris!), or stumble (… over your own 2 feet), verb

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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