Bee Roots for 2024-06-08

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/ACDEGN
  • Words: 35
  • Points: 188
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: I Am Baker

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, ...)
2AC4,5Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
1AH5Further forward in space or time; in the lead (sports)
2CA5,6Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
1CH4Punched-out paper “hanging” from ballots
2CH6,7Possibility (there’s a small …) or serendipity (they met by …), noun; or take a risk, verb
2CH6,7Make something different (… your mind, … your clothes), or loose coins (spare …), past tense is a pangram
1DA5Russian country house
2DE8,10Remove spent flowers from a plant, compound verb/noun
1EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
2EG7,9A person who is highly academic or studious; slang compound made from what gets scrambled for breakfast + topmost body part
2EN7,8Intensify, increase, or improve (do this to your driver’s license so it meets new TSA rules), noun form is a pangram
1GA7Chocolate & cream icing
1GH4Indian clarified butter
2HA4,6What sticks out of your sleeve
2HA4,6What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
2HE4,6Body part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
1HE8Discomfort in the noggin
2HE5,6Shrub fence, noun; or limit (… your bets)
2HE4,6Pay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
1HE5Consequently, or in the future (…forth)
1HE5Prehistoric circular monument (Stone…)
2HE5,7Hair or temp. tattoo dye

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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