Bee Roots for 2021-08-07

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. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

wordsroot 1st letterclue
1AHawaiian greeting
1AA supply of bullets, slang abbreviation
1ASoon, poetically
1AProtective covering against weapons (suit of…)
1APleasant smell (baking bread, e.g.)
1HNimbus (ring of light or glowing cloud) atop a saint, or Xbox shooter game
1HCrystallized frost
1HHigh respect/great esteem; noun/verb
1HUS Marine cheer word, each syllable pronounced separately
1HJewish circle dance (“The…”)
1HRelating to an hour or hours/hourly
1HRegulatory chemical in your body; what makes teenagers seem crazy
1HHard body part in some animals; many have two, rhinos have one
1HScary Steven King genre
1LSouth American grassy plain
1LFertile, sandy soil
1LBorrowed $, noun/verb
1LHang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
1LCloth weaving device
1L“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
1M♀ parent, slang
1MWealth that’s an evil influence, per the New Testament & Milton
1MLarge country house with lands (Batman’s “Stately Wayne…”)
1MDark red (Adam Levine’s “…5” band), noun; or strand on an island, verb
1MSound of pain or sexual pleasure (Harry Potter’s ghost “…-ing Myrtle”)
1MGrinding back tooth
1MMobster’s ♀
1M1–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
2M$, slang (from Fiji)
1MNASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
1MOthello (“The…”), noun; or to tie up a boat, verb
2MPrincipled, ethical, adjective; or the lesson of a story, noun
1MPoetic start of day, NOT lament the dead; + period before midday
1N12:00, midday, 🕛
2NStandard (noun), or former SNL Weekend Update comic Macdonald
1OSpoken (...exam), or by mouth (, adjective
1RWander, or use your phone on another network
1RHorse with 2–colored coat
1RLion “shout”
1RWhat you do to dice, verb; or Tootsie candy & small bread format, noun
1RChamber of a house (kitchen, bed-…, bath-…), noun/verb

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech 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.

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.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.