Bee Roots for 2024-06-07

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/CHNOPY
  • Words: 38
  • Points: 169
  • 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, ...)
1AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AC5What a sneeze sounds like
1AH4Nautical greeting (“… there, matey!”)
1AN5Dried poblano pepper
1AN5Irritate, vex, irk
1AN4Soon, poetically
1AN6Informal, humorous subject-changer after an interruption or diversion; compound
1CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
1CA9Harsh discordant mixture of sounds, pangram
1CA6Leggy French dance
1CA5Tropical “lily”
1CA6Wheeled artillery
1CA5Shrewd; or soup tin adj.
1CA5Nikon rival, or accepted (Church) lore, noun, adverb form is a pangram
1CA6Awning, or ornamental cloth cover over beds or Jewish weddings (huppa)
1CA6Deep gorge, from Spanish (Grand …)
1CA4Mafia boss, or moveable bar on a guitar
1CA5Castrated chicken fattened for eating
1CH6Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …); or take a risk, verb
1CH4Become dry or sore (e.g., lips), verb; guy, fella (British)
1CO5Athletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; bus, noun
1CO41st part of popular soda brand name
1CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
1CO5Your out-of-pocket share of a medical bill before insurance
1CY4Greenish-blue (ink cartridge)
1HA5Pleased (“Don’t worry, be …”)
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA5Tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often other tasty toppings
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA5♀ goat, or nursemaid
1PA4Father, slang
1PA6Office or reign of the Pontiff
1PA6Tropical fruit with black seeds
1PA5Slang term for father or grandfather
1PO5Cook by simmering in a small amount of liquid (...ed egg); hunt illegally, verb
1YA5Exclamation ("I’m rich!"), or Web portal & search engine before Google!
1YA5Sharp, shrill bark; slang term for a person's mouth; Pacific island with giant coins

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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