Bee Roots for 2024-06-06

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: Y/ACILRT
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 311
  • Pangrams: 4
Source: Simple Wikipedia

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, ...)
1AC7Type of paint used in art
1AC7Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
1AI6What you breathe
1AI4Spacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
1AL8Physical quickness coupled with eagerness or enthusiasm, pangram
1AL5Put (fears) at rest
1AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict, noun/verb
1AR5Ordered series, esp. math
1AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
1CA5Lug around (fireman’s …), verb
1CA8Large bag or case, compound with lug around and synonym for everything
2CA5,7Furry pet that purrs
2CA9,13Relating to a chemical reaction that involves a substance that speeds it up but is not comsumed by it (… converter)
1CI4Large town (NY, LA, Chicago, etc.)
1CL7The quality of being clear, pangram
1CL4Dirt used to make ceramic pots, or boxer Ali former name
2CR10,11Fault-finder (“everyone’s a …”), or arts & dining reviewer
3CY6,8,10Ride a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
1IC5Frozen water
1IL4Not healthy, sick, adverb/noun; hardly, or only with difficulty, adverb (they could … afford the cost of a new car)
1IL9Not forbidden by law or custom
1IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
1LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
1LI7Not forbidden by law or custom
1LI4Monet floral subject (water …)
3LY5,7,9Adj. for small harp, or singular of term for words to a song
1RA8Grouping of people based on shared physical characteristics (regardless of …, creed, or color)
2RA4,6Lively, entertaining, & mildly sexual; adj. (think car or horse speed contest)
1RA5Mass meeting of people for a common cause (pep, political)
1RA6Uncommon; steak served with red inside
1RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
1RA6Rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds, noun/verb; or make someone nervous, worried, or irritated
1RI5$ in Saudi Arabia
1TA7Understood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
1TA10Action planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
1TA9Perceptible by touch, adj.
1TA5Add up (keep a running …, or …–Ho! The quarry is in sight)
1TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
1TA6Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
1TR4Use it to carry drinks

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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