Bee Roots for 2021-08-11

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.

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Today's puzzle

Table content

wordsroot 1st letterclue
2AMath operation with plus (+) symbol, or new rooms that expand a house
1AGarlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
1AApportion $ or other resource (time, e.g.)
1ASax smaller than a tenor, or voice higher than one
1ACeremonially smear someone with oil, or designate as a successor
1ASoon, poetically
1ACoral island (Bikini, e.g.)
1DMake wider or more open
1DPhallus-shaped sex toy
1DFlintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
1D“Same here” or “same as above”
1DExtinct bird; or idiot, slang
1DSmall human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
1DStupid person
1DGive to a good cause
1DThingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
1IDunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
1IPunk rocker Billy; “American…” TV singing contest; or public figure you worship (…-ize)
1ICause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
1IEnter (go…the room), preposition
1IAtom or molecule with a net electric charge
1I9th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
1LSheep (wool) oil, used as skin moisturizer
1LRoaring “...King” animal that travels in a pride
1LSouth American grassy plain
1LA unit of laundry, noun; or to fill up a truck, verb
1LBorrowed $, noun/verb
1LSex organ region of body (fruit of my…s); anagram of “…King” animal
1LHang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
1L“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
1LPirate treasure, noun; or to steal during a riot, verb
1LMoisturizing or suntan cream
1LState-sponsored numbers betting ticket (Powerball, e.g.)
2NCountry, or temperance activist Carrie
1N1 followed 30 zeroes; Latin 9 prefix
1N12:00, midday, 🕛
2NWrite something, for example music, in a specialized system
2NVague idea, or small sewing accessory
1OMixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
1OVeg that makes you cry when cut
1OPreposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
1TA bird of prey's claw
1TSkin “ink”
1TStimulate or excite, especially in a sexual way
1TFrog cousin
1TWork hard (…away)
1TInformed, notified, related a story; past tense verb
1TRoad use fee (collected at a booth)
3TCharacter of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
1TAn implement (hammer & screwdriver, e.g.); often stored in a
1TAnimated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
1TShort horn sound; 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.