Bee Roots for 2021-09-08

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
11C1/100th of a dollar
21CQuote as evidence
31CExcessive pride in oneself
41CIce cream holder shape
52CJoin (4, perhaps?) things together, verb + noun
61C(of a word or fact) imply, verb + its resulting noun ("cheap" has a negative…)
72CPeacefully happy or satisfied, adj.; or what’s included, noun (a book’s “table of…s”)
82CAbility to control bowel movements or bladder functions
92COne of the world's seven main bodies of land
101CKid’s imaginary germ, or a body louse
111CDove shelter, NOT a jacket
121ERegion of transition between 2 biological communities, starts with “green” prefix
132EForce or throw something out; escape from a disabled fighter plane
141ELegal term meaning to prohibit someone from doing something
151EFriendly understanding between countries, French
161ETempt or lure by offering pleasure or advantage
171IProvoke unlawful behavior (…a riot)
182IIntroduce a liquid into a body using a syringe or similar device
191IConcave belly button, slang
212IDetermined to do (I’m…on finishing this puzzle), adj.; or objective, noun
221JBallet jump (French)
231NHawaiian goose & state bird
241NPerson with non-traditional right-wing political views, slang abbr.
251NAtomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
261NPleasant in manner, or city in SE France
271NAddictive substance in tobacco
281NYour sibling’s daughter
291NNumber of justices on Supreme Court
301NOne more than the number of holes on a golf course
311NPart of the day when it’s dark, slang spelling
321NLiterary word meaning “for the [time being]”
331NQuantity of zero; “all” antonym
341NGroup of 9 (musicians)
351NWhat you pass to someone in class, or ♪ in music
361NBecome aware of, verb; or written announcement (board)
371OGroup of 8 (musicians)
381OA single time (they deliver…a week)
391TEarth plates that shift & cause quakes, adj.
401TAdolescent (...-ager), or numbers 13–19
411TRecent Christopher Nolan time-travel film, or a principle or belief
421TProjecting piece of wood attached to a mortise
431TShelter you sleep in while camping
441TFork prong
452TCharacter of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
461T1,000 kilograms, UK spelling; double the last consonant in above
471TAnnuity scheme where last survivor collects all
481TCanada $2 coin nickname derived from their $1 avian coin name
491TReusable bag, noun; or schlep, 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.