Bee Roots for 2024-07-20

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: H/ACIORT
  • Words: 58
  • Points: 276
  • Pangrams: 3
Source: SoundCloud

Table content

root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11ACWhat a sneeze sounds like
21ARCurved span
31ARNo longer in use (words, e.g.), adj.
41ARBuddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
51ARSwelling and tenderness of one or more joints
61ATFasten 2 things together, noun form is a pangram
71CAExcessive buildup of mucus; sounds like feline + pirate sound; has double R
81CAIntercept & hold (a fish, a thrown ball, e.g.)
91CAThe process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions
101CHSpiced Indian tea (… latte)
111CHFurniture for sitting
121CHComplete disorder and confusion
131CHPartially burn & blacken, verb; or trout-like fish
141CHHorse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle (…s of Fire), pangram
151CHNautical map, or pictorial data representation (pie, bar …)
161CHInformal conversation, noun or verb (online … room, group …)
171CHFaddish “pet” mint plant
191CHGirl, Spanish
201CHPretentious style (or almost 2x fashionable)
211CHIOU note, Navy memo
221CHIdle small talk; slang compound noun or verb that starts with a list word
231CHSinging group (Mormon Tabernacle …)
111COFurniture for sitting
241COAthletic instructor or trainer, noun/verb; or bus, noun
251COSilver Pacific salmon
261COA sidekick, or Roman military unit of 6 centuries (1/10 legion)
281HA“Age of Aquarius” ‘60s nude hippie rock musical, or what grows on your scalp
291HAFrench name for navy bean, pangram
301HA♂ deer, not ♥
311HAEmerge from an egg, verb
321HAArchaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
331HAYoga type that pairs poses with breathing
341HI“Psycho” director Alfred nickname, or slang for thumb a ride, verb; or device on a vehicle that allows it to attach a trailer, noun
351HOCrystallized frost
361HOCheap liquor
371HOUS Marine cheer word, each syllable pronounced separately
381HOOwl sound, noun/verb
391HOJewish circle dance (“The …”)
401HOMilky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice
411HOScary Steven King genre
421ICGreek gods’ blood; or wound seepage
431ITWhat you scratch (an …)
441OAVow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
451ORPrescription shoe insert
461RHEnglish speaking style in which R before a consonant or at the end of a word is pronounced
471RIWealthy, adj.
481ROScurrying insect; often starts with COCK–
491TADashboard engine RPM gauge abbr.
501THPronoun for the other thing (this & …)
511THStraw roof covering
521THThe part of your body between neck and abdomen
531THFront of neck, “Deep …” Watergate source
541TOWhat you chew with
551TO1st 5 books of Bible in scroll form for Jews
561TO“Tiki” flame holder
571TRArchaic var. of “honesty”; you pledge your … in marriage vows

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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