Bee Roots for 2021-11-11

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. 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, ...)
11CO5Paid jokester, or “… book” with superheroes
21CO6Perpetrate, pledge, or put into a mental ward
31CO6Ordinary, or shared (in …), adj.
241CO9Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
51LI4(Literary verb) represent by image or words, or outline or highlight
61LI4Chauffeured, stretched car, slang abbr.
41LI5Size, speed, or amount restriction
71LO4Cloth weaving device
241LO10Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
81MI4Wheat or pepper grinder
111MI4Smaller version (as in Cooper car), slang abbr.
141MI4Breath candy or its flavor or plant source, noun; or create coins, verb
151MI4Catcher’s glove, or Sen. Romney
101MI5Parrot someone’s speaking & mannerisms, verb; or the person doing it, noun
121MI51/60 dram, UK music ½ note, or calligraphy short vertical stroke
131MI6Underling, as seen in “Despicable Me”
91MI71 followed by 6 zeroes
161MO4To work hard (archaic); homophone of bris snipper
171MO4Mobster’s ♀
181MO4Shed feathers, hair, or skin; verb
191MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
211MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
231MO4Irrelevant, in law (it’s a...point)
251MO5Short phrase encapsulating beliefs of an institution (Marines’ “Semper Fi”)
241MO6Action by which things change position, or parliamentary proposal; noun
221MO7Illuminated by the nighttime orb, adj.
201MO9Boring speech adj.; with no variation in pitch
261NO6Military slang abbr. for a senior enlisted person (sgt., e.g.) expressed as a negation
271OM4Leave out, verb
281TO6New Zealand small bird (Magnum, P.I star 1st name + breast, slang)

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.