Bee Roots for 2021-08-28

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
1DProperty ownership paper, noun; or to transfer ownership, verb
1DResist an attack or protect from harm
3DGive the meaning of a word, as a dictionary
2DOpenly resist or refuse to obey
3DTreat someone or something as a god
3DDo something you think is beneath your dignity, condescend
2DRefuse to give, grant or admit
2DCease to live
1DMake a hole in the ground; enjoy (slang)
3DMake something seem worthy or impressive (I won't ... that with an answer)
3DEat at a restaurant
3DDent (a…on the car door), or 1st ½ of doorbell sound
1DDrab, dull, gloomy
1DSubstance used to change the color of something, noun/verb
2EWater swirl, NOT clothier Bauer
1EA border or outer boundary, or to provide one; win by a narrow margin
3EInstruct or improve someone, morally or intellectually
1ERoughly made model of a person, meant to be damaged or destroyed as a protest or expression of ange
1EWhat baby birds hatch from
1EFinal part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story, noun/verb
1ECar motor
2EOrgan of vision
1FGive a meal to
3FPretend to have a particular feeling (…enthusiasm)
1FLook after & provide for oneself, without any help from others
1FMedieval for feudal land or area of control; often has –DOM suffix
1FDevilish person, or slang for addict or fanatic
3FSmall flute used with a drum in military bands, noun/verb
1FFlat appendage on the body of an aquatic animal (dorsal ...)
2FLocate something that was lost, verb/noun
3FImpose a $ penalty (the judge…-ed him $100 for speeding)
2GLives in a lamp, grants wishes
1GHaving a sensation of whirling, dizzy; playful and silly; often figurative for extreme happiness (he was ... with relief)
2GClear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; card game
1IOn condition
1ITruly; used to emphasize & confirm previous statement (sometimes follows “yes”); compound
1IUnaffiliated with a major studio, slang abbr. (film or music, e.g.)
1INative or aboriginal person
1IConcave belly button, slang
1IA baseball game is divided into 9 of these
1NRequire; verb/noun
1NNumber of justices on Supreme Court
1NFoolish or silly person
1YBasic monetary unit of Japan; longing; 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.