Bee Roots for 2024-04-29

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: C/AHNRUY
  • Words: 33
  • Points: 167
  • 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, ...)
1AC8Correct in all details; exact
1AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AN7Absence of government
1AR61 of 2 classes in a tarot pack (major & minor), a mystery or deep secret, or specialized knowledge, noun
1AR4Curved span
1CA6Small bird, popular as a pet, once used as a monitor for poison gas (… in a coal mine)
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA5Shrewd; or soup tin adj.
1CA5Person who works in a traveling amusement (slang)
1CA5Lug around (fireman’s …), verb
1CH6Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …); or take a risk, verb
1CH4Partially burn & blacken, verb; or trout-like fish
1CH5Cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something
2CH6,7Place Christians gather and pray
1CH5Machine in which butter is made by agitating milk or cream
1CR6Small, narrow space or opening
2CR6,7Crush a hard or brittle food with the teeth, making a loud but muffled grinding sound
1CU6The office, position or work of an assistant to a vicar or rector
1CU5Dish of meat and/or vegetables, cooked in an Indian-style sauce of hot-tasting spices and typically served with rice
1CY4Greenish-blue (ink cartridge)
1HA6Buttocks & thigh (sat on his…es)
1HU5Intuition (acting on a …), noun; or stoop down (“The …back of Notre Dame”), verb
1NA4Drug cop, slang
1RA4Lively, entertaining, & mildly sexual; adj. (think car or horse speed contest)
1RA5Western cattle farm, or creamy salad dressing
2RA6,7Energetic earthiness; vulgarity
1UN7Shrewd; or soup tin adj.
1YU5Agave with stiff sword-like leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped flowers

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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