Bee Roots for 2021-11-09

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. The Halloween, 2021 redesign improved the usability, I hope.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AO5Main blood pipe from heart
41AR4Creative activity: painting, music, literature, dance, etc
21AR5Buddhist who has achieved nirvana; ends in “cap” synonym
31AR9West Indian plant that produces starch
51AT5Flower oil for perfume
331AT7Prevent from accomplishing something
61HA4♂ deer, not ♥
71HA4Archaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
81HA5Yoga type that pairs poses with breathing
91HO4Owl sound
101HO9Person or thing that strongly encourages an action (usually starts with EX–); obscure adj.
111OA4Grain that is Quaker's specialty
121OA4Vow or pledge (you’re under one in court testimony)
131OR6Make a speech
131OR7Make a speech
141RA5Sewer-dwelling rodent
151RA7Machine gun sound
161RO4Plant anchor that sucks up water
191RO5Device or blade that spins
171RO6Phone with dial, adj., or int’l service org (… Club)
181RO7Move in a circle around an axis or center
181RO8Move in a circle around an axis or center
211TA4Asian veg that sounds like next word
231TA4Open filled pastry, noun; or sharp taste, adj.
201TA5Dark, thick, flammable liquid distilled from wood or coal
221TA5Fortunetelling cards
261TA5Worn & shabby, or of poor quality; Scottish
241TA6Fish sauce, or tooth buildup
251TA6Skin “ink”
271TH4Pronoun for the other thing (this & …)
291TH4Unfreeze, with “out”
311TH5Hurl (a baseball, e.g.)
301TH6Front of neck, “Deep…” Watergate source
331TH6Prevent from accomplishing something
301TH7Front of neck, “Deep…” Watergate source
281TH8In a certain direction (he went …)
321TH9Meant to be discarded, adj/noun
341TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
371TO4Bull, Spanish
381TO4Legal wrong, NOT pastry
351TO5What you chew with
361TO51st 5 books of Bible in scroll form for Jews
351TO6What you chew with
391TR4Use it to carry drinks
401TR4Fast walking pace for horses or people
421TR4Helen of “The Iliad” home, or oz. for gold & gems
411TR5Archaic var. of “honesty”; you pledge your … in marriage vows
431TY4Newbie, from Latin “recruit”
441WA4Small, hard benign skin growth (on a witch’s chin?) (…-hog, plantar …)
451WA4Unit of electric power
441WA5Small, hard benign skin growth (on a witch’s chin?) (…-hog, plantar …)
461WH4Interrogative akin to “Pardon? Say again?”
471WO4Slang exclamation of elation, or Amazon daily deals site
491WO4Medicinal plant (St. John’s...). or liquid extract from brewing grains
501WO5Value (net…)
501WO6Value (net…)
481WO9Someone who is always anxious (slang, compound)
511WR5Anger, literary
521WR5Angry, archaic

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.