Bee Roots for 2024-05-22

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: V/ACDEIT
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 332
  • Pangrams: 5
Source: Longmont Leader

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, ...)
3AC6,8,9Doing things energetically or frequently; opposite of inert
1AD9Someone who’s hooked on drugs
1AD8Math operation with plus (+) symbol, or new rooms that expand a house
1AD6Guidance or recommendations about what to do in the future
2AV6,7Pilot or fly in a plane, verb (from Latin for bird)
1AV4Eager for or enthusisatic about (… reader)
1CA4Spanish sparkling wine, or vein to heart (vena …)
2CA4,5Large underground chamber, where stalactites and stalagmites form and bats live, noun; or give in (slang)
1CA6Warning; … emptor is Latin for “buyer beware,” noun
1CI5Asian & African “cat” used for perfume
1CI5Popular Honda model; or municipal (adj.)
1DA6In languages with noun declension (German for example), a case indicating an indirect object or recipient
2DE10,11Doing things energetically or frequently; opposite of inert
2DE7,8Cause someone to believe something that is not true; give a false impression, gerund form is a pangram
1DE10Devote time and effort to a particular purpose; or mark an artistic work as being in someone's honor
1DE9Someone who solves crimes: fictional ones include Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Columbo
2DE7,8Depart from the norm, noun form is a pangram
1DE6Something made for a purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment
1DI4Famous female opera singer; self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please
2DI4,5Jump headfirst into water
2DI6,7Separate into parts, or ÷ arithmetic operation
1DI7Break into parts for sharing (… up the proceeds)
2EA4,5Roof overhang, NOT Adam’s mate
2EV5,6Escape or avoid, especially by cleverness or trickery
3EV5,7,7Kick out of an apartment
1IV5Climbing plant with shiny, dark green five-pointed leaves (… League)
2TI8,9Spiff up (clothing or appearance), obscure verb
2VA6,7Leave a place that was previously occupied (… the premises immediately!), or legal term for cancel (contract, judgment, or charge); verb
1VE6Person with combat experience, noun; check credentials, verb
1VI4Bad habit, or “Miami …” police show
1VI4Compete eagerly
2VI7,8Formal, obscure verb meaning spoil or impair; or legal term meaning destroy or annul the force & effect of an act or instrument; (also Star Wars Sith Emperor Tenebrae)
1VI6Music played in a lively and brisk manner
1VI5Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind (a … memory); or, of a color, intensely deep or bright

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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