Bee Roots for 2024-06-09

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/EGIKNW
  • Words: 48
  • Points: 251
  • Pangrams: 3

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, ...)
1AG5Another time; once more; adv.
2AG5,6How old you are, noun; or grow older, verb; or period of history, noun
1AK4Similar (… to), from folksy word for “relative,” adj.
1AN6Medical term for severe (chest) pain
1AN4Opposite of old
1AW5Feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder, noun/verb
1AW6Canvas overhang for shade or shelter from rain, noun
4AW5,6,7,9Emerge from sleep
2EN6,8Commit to marry (with an …-ment ring)
1GA7Choke or retch, verb; or material placed over someone's mouth to prevent them from speaking or crying out, noun/verb
1GA4Super enthusiastic; Biden inauguration National Anthem singer
2GA4,7Increase the amount or rate of (you always … a few pounds on a cruise)
2GA4,7Group of thugs ("Working on the Chain …"), noun/verb
1GA4Measuring dial (fuel …)
2GA4,7Stare (at) openly & stupidly
1GE6Showy knickknack, noun (2nd syllable starts with 1st 3 letters of above)
2GN4,7Chew persistently, as a beaver on a log
1IN5Stupid, silly, ridiculous (… questions or comments); adj.
1NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
1NA7Annoy or irritate with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging
1NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
1NA7Yellowish cotton cloth or pants made from it, named for city in China
1WA7What a happy dog does with its tail
2WA4,6Salary, noun; or carry on a war
4WA4,5,6,8Emerge from sleep
2WA4,6Decrease (esp. moon), NOT Batman alter ego Bruce
1WA5“Would like to do,” slang contraction
3WE4,6,9Lacking physical strength adj. (NOT a 7–day span of time) + lose strength verb + pangram gerund (3 words)
2WE4,7Taper someone off of, esp. mother’s milk
2WI6,10Send nautical signals by flapping pennants, verb, compound made from fake hair noun + dog tail motion 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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