Bee Roots for 2021-08-25

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
1ASpacious, well-lit, & well-ventilated (room); or breezy (attitude); adj.
1AOpera solo
1AMilitary land force, Navy football rival
1AOrdered series, esp. math
1ACreative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
1APlant genus with → shaped leaves, often called …lilies
2ALarge open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
1AFlower oil for perfume
1ASupernatural glow encircling a person
1MMilk-producing gland
1MOld-timey schoolteacher honorific
1MWed, verb
1MStore (K–, Wal–)
1MPerson who’s killed for their beliefs
2MFull-grown (adj), reach the end of a growth process (verb)
1MSoft, indistinct sound (noun/verb)
1RIndian yogurt veg dip
1RUncommon; steak served with red inside
1RSewer-dwelling rodent
1RMachine gun sound
1RCard game in which the goal is to form sets and sequences of cards (gin ...)
1RLong deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles
1TJapanese rich, naturally fermented soy sauce
1TDark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
1TOpen filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
1TFish sauce, or tooth buildup
1TJeweled, ornamental ½ crown
1TCharacteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
1TPeople mover in Disney parks, parking lots, & cities
1TDeeply disturbing experience, or physical injury
1TUse it to carry drinks
1TNeaten (hair) by snipping off ends
1THydrogen radioactive isotope: ³H
1YRare earth metal, atomic number 39
1YCircular tent of felt or skins

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.