Bee Roots for 2024-05-29

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.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: G/DEILOP
  • Words: 62
  • Points: 297
  • 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, ...)
2DO5,6Avoid by a sudden quick movement (… the military draft; play …ball)
1DO6Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
1DO4Chief magistrate of Venice or Rome, historically; now his palace is a museum
1DO6Persistent, adj.; or stalked, verb (domestic canine past tense) + adv. (persistently)
1DO5Remaining silent & motionless to hide (lie …) (think domestic canine)
1DO5Motherless or neglected calf
2DO6,9Follow a sharply bending route (shaped like a canine limb), compound
1DO7A mass of people who have piled on top of one another, compound pangram
2ED4,5A border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
1EG5What baby birds hatch from, noun; or throw those things at a house or car, verb; or encourage someone to do something, usually something dumb, verb
1EP6“Afterword” section of a book, nontraditional spelling (missing –ue)
1GE6Thick, clear, slightly sticky substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products, noun; or become more solid, verb; or take a definite form, verb
2GE4,6Castrate (a horse)
1GE5(Smucker’s) fruit preserve, or cosmetic cream, French spelling (with 3 E’s)
1GE5Icy, or extremely cold, literary adj.
1GE5Rock with crystals inside
1GE5Hypothetical shape of the earth, coinciding with mean sea level
1GI6Live performance by or engagement for a musician or group, especially playing pop or jazz; noun/verb
2GI6,7Silly laugh; verb/noun
1GI6Male escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
2GI4,6Coat with element Au, atomic no. 79
2GI4,6Fish breathing organ
1GL4Delight, choir (… club), or TV show about a HS choir
2GL5,6What an engineless plane does (hanging optional), or dental floss brand
3GL4,5,7Sticky and amorphous substance, typically something unpleasant (2 spellings)
2GO6,7Eye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
1GO4Element Au, atomic no. 79
2GO4,6Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
2GO6,7Popular web search site
1GO6Large number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
1GO4Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, or unpleasant messy gel
1IG5Ice house
1LE5Narrow, projecting cliff “shelf,” or window sill
1LE6Body part that connects the rest of you to your feet
1LI5Feudal superior (“Yes, my …”)
2LO5,6Provide someone with a place to sleep (at a ski resort?)
1LO6Tree trunk that has been cut or fallen down; official record of events, noun/verb
1LO4Theater section behind orchestra
1LO4Company graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
1OG4S–shaped line or molding, noun; or having a double continuous S–shaped curve, adj.
2OG4,5Eye amorously
1PE6short cylindrical piece of wood for holding things together, noun/verb
1PI6Animal that is the source of bacon, noun/verb
2PL6,7Promise, noun/verb; or someone trying to join a fraternity or sorority, noun; or spray furniture polish brand
2PO4,6Bouncy “stick”, noun/verb

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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