Bee Roots for 2021-09-27

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.

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Today's puzzle

Table content

clue #words coveredroot 1st letterclue
21AMake an effort to achieve or complete something, verb/noun
31EAbility to sense and share the feelings of another
41EContaining nothing, adj.; or remove all contents, verb
51ECuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper; (I’d give my…for)
61HWedge-shaped carpal bone
71HDislike intensely, verb/noun
81HArchaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell…no fury)
91HYoga type that pairs poses with breathing
101HWarm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
111HCandy bar with toffee & milk chocolate, actor Ledger, or British field
121MIndian honorific (…Gahdhi), or rice brand
132MFellow member (cast-…) or joint occupant (room-…)
141MAddition & division subject abbr.
151MDull finish on paint or photos
162MAnimal flesh for consumption (beef, ham, etc.)
171MEncounter (I’m supposed to…him in the park)
181MBeyond prefix, greek
191MDispense justice (“…out punishment”), homophone of “animal flesh for consumption”
201MSlang abbr. of addictive stimulant (crystal…)
211MWidely held but false belief; origin story, folklore
221PChopped liver (…de foie gras) or other spréâd (French), or archaic for a person’s head
231PWalking or bike trail
241PPeppermint candy (& friend of Marcie in “Peanuts”) or burger form
252PFuel from bog soil, NOT Secretary Buttigieg
261PTrivial (…crime) (think late “Heartbreakers” singer Tom)
271P“Excellent” in hip-hop slang, NOT obese
281TNot wild, adj./verb
291TPack down (start of Florida city on a bay)
301TSpanish bar snack (usually plural)
311TAdhesive strip
321TWorn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
331TGroup of sports players (Yankees, e.g.), noun; ... up, verb
341TA fellow player in the same group, compound
361TBe full or swarming with; homophone of Yankees group
372TNative Am conical hut
381TWhat you use to chew, plural
391TWhen the things you use to chew start to emerge & you chew on everything
401TOffice worker fill-in, slang abbr.
411TIndonesian dish made by deep-frying fermented soybeans
421TEntice (as a donut to a dieter, e.g.), verb
431TPronoun for the other thing (this &…)
441TArchaic form of “you”
451TPronoun for people you previously mentioned (I bathed the kids & put … to bed)
461TSubject of a talk, or an idea that recurs in a work of art
471T8th Greek letter, Θ
481TPlural non-gendered pronoun (… were delicious candies)
491TLow-growing aromatic plant of the mint family (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and …)
501TWhat you do on a keyboard

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.