Bee Roots for 2021-11-14

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, ...)
301AL5Sound at high volume
11AR5Passion (Latin “to burn”)
21AR6Warship fleet (Spanish one defeated by England in 1588)
31AR7As much as a person can hold in both upper limbs (compound) (Can you get the door? I’ve got an … of clothes)
41DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
51DO4Small human figure toy such as Barbie, noun; or get all dressed up for a party, verb
101DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
111DO4Room or bldg. entrance
121DO4Student housing abbr. + pangram noun (2 words)
141DO4Gloomy appearance or manner
71DO5Balkan meat & rice wrapped in leaves
81DO5Literary term for a a state of great sorrow or distress (Spanish for pain), noun
131DO5Woman who helps a mom through labor
61DO6US currency
91DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
151DR4Scottish whisky serving size, ⅛ oz.
191DR4Rhythm instrument you play with sticks, noun/verb
161DR5Serious or exciting play, show, film, or events (Don’t be such a … queen!)
171DR5Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
181DR5Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
201DR8Prolonged sound on a rhythm instrument you play with sticks, often preceding an announcement (compound)
211DU4Having two parts; NOT pistols at ten paces
221DU4Not shiny, adjective/verb
251DU5Hard wheat used in pasta
241DU6Soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, lollipop brand with a doubled name, or slang for stupid person
231DU7Slow or stupid person
261LA4Pig fat for cooking
271LA4Praise, verb/noun
281LO4A unit of laundry, noun; or to fill up a truck, verb
291LO4♂ version of “Lady” in nobility, or term for God
301LO4Sound at high volume
311MA5Term of respect for a ♀, or one who runs a brothel; palindrome
331MA6Search for things to steal or people to attack (think pirates, gangs, or armies); from Old French "rascal"
321MA7Common duck species, whose males have dark green heads and white collars
401MA7Bad smell (body …)
371MO4Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
381MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
341MO5Grammar, music, logic, stats, & textile adj., relating to structure as opposed to substance, e.g.
361MO6In math, the operation of taking the remainder after division
351MO7Standardized part or independent unit, in building construction, sofware, or spacecraft
391MU7Where you take off your shoes after playing outside (compound)
401OD4Bad smell (body …)
411RA5Nickname of Cpl. O’Reilly in M.A.S.H., or Doppler weather sensor acronym
421RA6Covered porch, or hotel brand
431RA6Stick for loading a gun, or adj. for rigid posture (compound)
441RO4Street ("Abbey …"), or “rocky …” ice cream flavor
451RO4Large crucifix above altar, anagram of bldg. entrance

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.