Bee Roots for 2024-04-26

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: A/DEHOPT
  • Words: 58
  • Points: 253
  • 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, ...)
2AD5,7Get used to a new situation, or modify for new use
1AD5Join something to something else
1AD5Very skilled or proficient at something, adj./noun
3AD5,7,7Legally take responsibility for someone else's child; choose to take up, follow, or use
1AH5Further forward in space or time; in the lead (sports)
1AP4Large primate without a tail, including gorilla, chimpanzees, and orangutans, noun/verb
1AT4Opposite of bottom
1DA6Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water
1DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
2DA4,5June 12, 2021, e.g., noun; or see someone romantically, verb
1DE4Not alive
2DE8,10Remove spent flowers from a plant, compound verb/noun
1DE5Event that ends a life
1DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
1HA6Head covering
2HA4,5Dislike intensely, verb/noun
1HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
1HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
3HE4,6,6Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
1HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
2HE4,6Warm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
1HE5Candy bar with toffee & milk chocolate, actor Ledger, or British field
1HE6A group of seven
2HO7,9Someone who gets angry easily, compound
1OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
1PA6Thick piece of soft material used to cushion something, noun/verb
1PA4Father, slang
1PA6Touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand, verb; or simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing, adj. (… answer)
1PA4Chopped liver (… de foie gras) or other spréâd (French), or archaic for a person’s head
1PA4Walking or bike trail
1PE6Outer shell of small green spherical veggies, usually 2 words
1PE4Fuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
1PH4“Excellent” in hip-hop slang, NOT obese
1PO7Heavy marijuana user, slang, compound pangram
1TA6Touch lightly, verb/noun, or spout for water or beer
1TA4Spanish bar snack (usually plural)
2TA4,5Adhesive strip
1TA6Make lace
2TA6,8Skin “ink”
1TE6Vessel for heating water to pour on crushed Camellia sinensis leaves to make a hot drink, compound (I'm a little …, short and stout)
1TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
1TH58th Greek letter, Θ
1TO4Frog cousin

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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