Bee Roots for 2021-09-11

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
11GSilly laugh; verb/noun
21GMale escort; Richard Gere “American...” film
32GFish breathing organ
42GIncandescence or luminescence, noun/verb
51GEye protector for swimming or skiing; or stare with wide & bulging eyes
61GPopular web search site
71GLarge number (10¹⁰⁰), NOT a web search site
82HWhat Jack & Jill went up
91HGolf ball target (get a…-in-one)
102HHaving empty space inside; without significance
112Hlong, doleful cry from a dog or wolf, noun/verb
121IIce house
131LA queue, what you wait in for your turn
151LRoaring “...King” animal that travels in a pride
161LTree trunk that has been cut or fallen down; official record of events, noun/verb
171LAct of entering a computer username & password, compound noun
181LCompany graphic symbol; Target’s is a red bullseye ◎
191LSex organ region of body (fruit of my…s); anagram of “…King” animal
202LHang out or droop, as a dog’s tongue
212L“Short” antonym, adj.; or yearn (for)
221L“Crazy” water bird on Canada $1 coin
231LOpposite of high; sound made by cattle
241NCause slight but persistent annoyance or worry (a …ing suspicion or doubt)
251N1 followed 30 zeroes; Latin 9 prefix
261OEye amorously
271OViscous liquid used for lubrication, noun/verb; (food) a fat that's liquid at room temperature
281OMixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
291ODark Chinese tea (black dragon)
301WA period of time (we chatted for a…), or at the same time (whistle…you work)
311WSquirm (leave some…room for your toes in new shoes); what worms do
322WLast…& testament, or actor Ferrell
331W“Weeping” tree, or 1988 Val Kilmer fantasy film
341WWarm, itchy knitted fabric made from sheep hair, noun/adj.

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.