Bee Roots for 2024-06-02

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: H/ACILNO
  • Words: 36
  • Points: 171
  • 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, ...)
1AC5What a sneeze sounds like
2AL7,9Booze, chemically, negative adj. form is a pangram
1AL5Hawaiian greeting
1AN5Dried poblano pepper
1CH4Spiced Indian tea (… latte)
1CH5String of metal links
1CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
1CH4Faddish “pet” mint plant
1CH5Girl, Spanish
1CH6Pretentious style (or almost 2x fashionable)
1CH5Hot pepper, or spicy meat stew (… con carne)
1CH5Cool (in the fridge), or relax (… out)
1CH4Bottom of face, noun; or raise it above a bar in a pull-up, verb
1CH5Large Asian country, or ceramics from there
1CH10S Am rodent with dense fur we use for clothing
1CH5Business casual khaki pants (usually plural), or city near L.A.
1CH10Person addicted to Hershey or Mars bars
1CI5Easy task (it’s a …), noun; or tighten up (belt or saddle, e.g.), verb
1CL6Secure a victory (If they win today, the team will … a spot in the playoffs), or hug a boxing opponent to bind his arms; verb
1CO5Athletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; bus, noun
1CO4Silver Pacific salmon
1CO5Sea snail with spiral shell
1HA4Frozen rain “stone,” noun; or summon a taxi, verb
1HA5Kosher in Islam
1HA4Corridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
1HA4Nimbus (ring of light or glowing cloud) atop a saint, or Xbox shooter game
1HI4What Jack & Jill went up
1HO6Boss (head …); Japanese
1HO5Cheap liquor
1IN41/12 of a foot, noun; or move slowly, verb
1LO5Fish family that includes the “clown”, or English filmmaker Ken (“I, Daniel Blake”)
1LO4Scottish body of water where Nessie lives
1NA5Tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often other tasty toppings
1NO12Booze, chemically, negative adj. form is a pangram

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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