Bee Roots for 2024-05-06

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: C/AEHMNT
  • Words: 55
  • Points: 309
  • Pangrams: 4
Source: Shropshire Star

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, ...)
1AC6Foreign pronunciation (Ricky speaks with a Cuban …), or stress marks on letters (à é ì ó ù)
1AC7Vinegar adj., or acid it contains
1AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AC4Peak; or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
1AC4Teen facial zits
2AT6,10Fasten 2 things together, noun form is a pangram
1AT7A member of an ambassador's staff (French)
1CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
1CA6Prestige; or a distinguishing mark (French)
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA4Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA4Tilt, or “I am unable to do so” contraction; hypocritical and sanctimonious talk
1CA7Medium-length narrative music for voice & instruments, from Italian for “sung”
1CA7Army or scout water flask
1CA5Intercept & hold (a fish, a thrown ball, e.g.)
1CA9Collection of rainfall over a natural drainage area, pangram
1CA4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
1CE6Powder mixed for concrete & mortar
1CE41/100th of a dollar
1CE8Whale & dolphin noun or adj. from Latin order name
1CH6Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …); or take a risk, verb
1CH5Repeated rhythmic phrase (Gregorian…), or to recite one
1CH4Informal conversation, noun or verb (online … room, group …)
1CH5Break the rules of a game, verb/noun
1CH7Fastest land animal
1EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
1EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang noun/verb
2EN5,9Make a bill into law
2EN7,11Captivate or charm; or put someone or something under a magical spell, noun form is a pangram
2EN7,11Intensify, increase, or improve (do this to your driver’s license so it meets new TSA rules), noun form is a pangram
1ET4Engrave metal, glass or stone (…ing); or corrode (…ed away by acid)
1HA5Emerge from an egg, verb
1HA7Small axe
1HE5Consequently, or in the future (…forth)
2HE8,8“Evil …,” ♂ criminal helper, compound
1MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
1MA7Long knife for cutting brush
1MA5Tennis or boxing contest, noun; or agree in color (does my tie … my shirt?), verb
1MA6Ground Japanese green tea leaves; also flavors sweets
1ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
1ME6Threaten, verb; or person who causes harm (Dennis the …)
1NA5Of course, as may be expected; slang abbr.
1TA5Musical direction meaning “silent”
1TA4Dashboard engine RPM gauge abbr.
1TA4Diplomacy, sensitivity
1TE5What professors do
1TE4Last word in name of Cambridge school M.I.T., abbr.
1TH6Straw roof covering
1TH6(Formal or archaic adv.) from a place previously mentioned, or as a result (…-forth means “from that time forward")

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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