Bee Roots for 2021-09-07

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

clue #words coveredroot 1st letterclue
11F“Done” in Italian
21FType face; in some churches, it holds water for baptism
31FWhat you cover with a sock
41FMilitary post (Lee or Dix in NJ, e.g.)
51F(Literary) source (of knowledge or water, e.g.)
61FHow many legs a dog has
71FOpposite of back; edge of a weather system
81FShowy clothing ornamentation, or rustling sound of skirts or dresses
91FPoint at which a plan is realized
101FPublic uproar (caused a…)
111FJapanese mattress, or sofa that can be unfolded into a bed
121ICollection of facts and tips, abbr.
131IEnter (go…the room), preposition
141IAnnounce upcoming thing (next guest), or prelude (beginner’s course, book preface), slang abbr.
151ITurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
161IElement Fe (number 26), or hot clothes presser, noun/verb
171NSlang abbr. for chem. used as explosive & heart med.
181N“Black” in French; or dark mystery genre (film…)
191N12:00, midday, 🕛
201NVague idea, or small sewing accessory
211NIn grammar, a person, place or thing
221Nfood, nourishment
231OVeg that makes you cry when cut
241OPreposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
251OSet of clothes, or to provide with one, compound (compound)
261OClosing show music (antonym begins with IN–)
271OSprint more quickly or farther in a footrace than someone else (compound)
281RCivil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
292RTop of a house (where Santa lands)
301RPlant anchor that sucks up water
311RIndian flatbread that isn’t naan
321RSpiral pasta, fusilli
331RDevice or blade that spins
341RDisorderly retreat, or decisive defeat
351RFollow-up election after a tie or inconclusive result; rain or meltwater that flows because the soil cannot absorb it
361RSlight error in rotating tool
371TBean curd
381TAnimated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
391TShort horn sound; noun/verb
401TSinger Amos, actress Spelling, or donut shapes, Latin plural
411TShinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
421TRipped, adj. or past participle
431TBull, Spanish
441TLegal wrong, NOT pastry
451TItalian ice cream with rum, almonds, & cherries
461TTake a guided one of these in a foreign city (on a ...bus?)
471TPromote, or offer horse racing tips
481TMusical group of 3 (Kingston...)
491TSon of Poseidon, largest Neptune moon; mollusk with a tall spiral shell
501TFast walking pace for horses or people
511TCommon game fish (rainbow…, e.g.)
521TCollege fee
531TJunction at which a road branches off from a main road (compound); someone or something repellent (slang)
541TNumber of people who show up at an event (we had a great…last night for our poetry reading), compound
551TPrivate instructor
561ULabor org. (Teamsters, AFL-CIO)
571UArchaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “…us a child is born”)

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.