Bee Roots for 2024-05-11

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: A/CDEJNY
  • Words: 43
  • Points: 209
  • 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, ...)
1AC4Get a top grade on a test
1AC4Teen facial zits
2AC6,7Give up (power or territory)
1AD5Join something to something else
2AD6,7Math term for a number which is summed with another (the “1” or “2” in 1 + 2 = 3)
1AD9Next to; or (geometry) angles having a common vertex and a common side
1CA5One who carries golf clubs
1CA7Rhythmic pattern; sequence of chords in music
1CA6Cylindrical metal container, noun; be capable, verb, fire from a job (slang verb)
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA5Sweets (cotton…)
2CA4,5Walking stick, or striped peppermint Xmas crook
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA5Shrewd; or soup tin adj.
1CA7Hot chili pepper
1CY4Greenish-blue (ink cartridge)
1DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
2DA5,6Move rhythmically to music, verb/noun
1DA5Fop, or foppish (“Yankee Doodle …” Cagney film)
3DE4,6,8Not alive
1DE7Expert marksman, or disc with holes for sailboat lines, compound made from opposite of alive + vision organ
1DE4College administrator, or actor James of “Rebel Without a Cause”
1DE6Span of ten years
1DE9Moral or cultural decline, luxurious self-indulgence
2DE5,7Rot, verb/noun
2DE6,8One who plays recorded music, on the radio or at a party, noun/verb
1DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
1EN6A group of 9, from Greek (such as the 9 Egyptian deities “The Great …”)
1JA4Hard, typically green stone used for ornaments
1JA5Tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much
1JE4Dungaree, or tennis legend Billie … King
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA4Nothing, Spanish
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid

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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