Bee Roots for 2021-11-21

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, ...)
21CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
41CO5Ice cream holder shape
11CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
71CO6Soft murmur made by a dove or pigeon, noun/verb
21CO7Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
31CO7Swindle, verb; someone serving a prison sentence (noun, slang)
11CO9Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
51CO9Sneakily plan something bad with others, or overlook what they’re doing (usually an –ING adj.)
61CO10Successfully persuade someone to believe or do something, verb
81CU5Something that signals an actor or other performer, noun/verb
91CU7Skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit (…thieves evaded the alarm) , adj.
111GI6Opposite of take
101GI7Clear alcoholic spirit flavored with juniper berries; card game
131GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
141GO4Thug, noun
121GO5leave; move from one place to another
151GO7Make a groove with a sharp tool; overcharge (figurative)
161GU7Lethal weapon; slang term for someone who uses it (hired …)
181IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
171IC5Frozen water
181IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
191IN6A baseball game is divided into 9 of these
201IN9Written request from a business for payment
211IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
231NO412:00, midday, 🕛
241NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
221NO6Head, slang (use your…), noun
251ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut
121ON7leave; move from one place to another
261UN5Labor org. (Teamsters, AFL-CIO)
111UN8Opposite of take
61UN12Successfully persuade someone to believe or do something, verb
271VO7Relating to the prevailing fashion or style, adj. (in …); dance based on imitating the poses struck by a model on a catwalk, noun/verb
281VO7Sound of a person speaking, or NBC singing competition show

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.