Bee Roots for 2024-04-27

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: B/ACELOP
  • Words: 47
  • Points: 196
  • 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, ...)
1AB4Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something, adj. (She was … to walk at 14 months)
1AL9Distribute (resources) for a particular purpose
1AP10Ask for a court ruling to be reversed, verb/noun
1BA4Rum sponge cake, or Ali & his 40 thieves
1BA6Talk rapidly in a foolish or excited way (like an infant); homophone of Genesis “Tower of …,” verb
1BA4Infant, slugger Ruth, or pig film
1BA5Genesis “Tower of …,” noun
1BA4Parcel of hay, or actor Christian
1BA4Where Cinderella lost her slipper, noun; or squeeze or form into a spherical shape, verb
1BA6African tree
1BE5Fast jazz style (“Cowboy …” anime series)
1BE4Car horn sound, noun/verb
1BE4It rings
1BE5Southern pretty ♀ (Scarlett O'Hara, e.g.)
1BL4Reveal a secret by indiscreet talk
1BL5Cover a profanity with a sound (… out)
1BL4Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
1BL4Group of like-minded voters
1BL5Electronic tone similar to profanity cover sound; or mistake (usually with –ER); or a weakly hit fly ball in baseball that is too high for the infielders and too short for the outfielders
1BO4Taiwan sweet tea with gelatin pearls
1BO6Type of “head” doll that nods when moved
1BO5Italian game similar to lawn bowling
1BO4Thrown weighted string weapon
1BO4Cotton seed target for weevil
1BO4Western string tie
1BO4Breast, slang
1BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
1BO4Low-pitched horn sound, noun/verb; or a gentle, playful strike, especially on the nose, noun/verb
1CA5Secret political faction
1CA6Jewish mysticism; usually starts with K
1CA5Thick wire rope (… bridge), San Francisco trolley (… car), or insulated wire (power or USB …)
1CA8Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
1CA7Fit to do or achieve a specified thing
1CE5Person who’s well-known, slang abbr.
1CO6Repair or make, especially shoes; make or put together roughly or hastily
1CO6The act of working with someone to produce or create something, abbrev
1LA5Tag or sticky paper with info (Avery mailing …)
1LO4Brain section, or part of ear most commonly pierced
1LO4Wolf, Spanish
1OB4Double reed orchestra-tuning instrument
1PA8So intense (a feeling or atmosphere) as to seem almost physical (a … sense of loss), or can be felt by touch (negative form is a pangram)
1PE6Small rock (… Beach golf course near Monterey, CA)
1PE8Skin of a fruit, noun; or to remove it, verb
1PL7Harmless medicine or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit of the patient, pangram
1PL4Commoner, slang insult, from Latin
1PL5Military academy cadet, slang

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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