Bee Roots for 2021-08-19

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
1C1/100th of a dollar
1CQuote as evidence
1CAsian & African “cat” used for perfume
3EResult of an action (cause &…)
1EPretentious, flowery, or weak, adj.
2EAchieving max productivity, or not wasteful (energy...), adj.
1EFriendly understanding between countries, French
1ETempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
1EThing that happens (“When in the course of human…s”)
2EKick out of an apartment
1FWhat you cover with socks
1FDeceptive movement in sports (esp. swordplay), not "keel over"
1FHonor lavishly, verb; from French for “party”
1FCreated by imagination
1FQuinceañera age
2FHaving limits (amount), not ∞, adj.
1ISomething that motivates you (there’s no…to conserve water)
1IProvoke unlawful behavior (…a riot)
2IPass on a disease to someone
1IUnconjugated verb form
1IDetermined to do (I’m…on finishing this puzzle), adj.; or objective, noun
1IAbusive language used to express blame or to hurt (a stream of…)
2ICreate something new (device, e.g.)
2IAsk someone to a party
1NOne more than the number of holes on a golf course
1NPart of the day when it’s dark, slang spelling
1TAdolescent (...-ager), or numbers 13–19
1TRecent Christopher Nolan time-travel film, or a principle or belief
1TShelter you sleep in while camping
1TPetty quarrel, or computer image format
1TArchaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
1TFork prong
1TShade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
1VExhaust outlet (clothes dryer, e.g.), noun; or let out your frustrations, 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.