Bee Roots for 2021-11-25

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, ...)
11AE4Geologic time period, spelled with an æsc; “… Flux” anime
21AH4Throat-clearing, attention-getting sound
31AM4Prayer-ending word
41AN7Colorful flower, or sea creature where clown fish hide
61AP5Sleep breathing disorder
52AP6Tarzan the …
71EN5Rectal wash (Fleet, e.g.)
81EP4Fencing sword
101HE4Stack in a disorderly pile, verb/noun
111HE4Iron-containing biological compound (in blood, e.g.)
121HE4Cannabis plant, or the fiber from it used to make rope
131HE5Hair or temp. tattoo dye
141HO4Where you live
161HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
171HO4Fervently wish (I … it doesn’t rain today)
151HO9Word that sounds like others but has different meaning or spelling (to/too/two)
181MA4Hair on a horse or ♂ lion’s neck
191ME4The average in math, noun; unkind, adj. (“…Girls”); or intend (I didn’t…to do it)
201ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
211ME4Office note abbr.
221MO4Sulk, brood; verb
231NA4What you’re called (Kevin or Susan, e.g.)
241NA4Scruff of the neck
251NE4Tide with least difference between low & high water
261NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
271NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
281NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
291NO4Slang negation
301OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)
311OP4Pull on a door handle to gain admittance, verb + adv. (publicly)
331PA4Single sheet of window glass
321PA5Song of praise or triumph
351PE4Backside of a hammer
361PE4Baby bird sound, Easter marshmallow, or a furtive look
391PE4Low-ranking worker, drudge
381PE5Tube pasta, vodka optional
341PE6♀ of a bird with showy plumage
372PE6Archaic for writer; literally “ink stick” & ♂ …
421PH5Device to make calls (tele…)
401PH6Observed fact or situation (natural…); or remarkable person, thing or event; slang abbr. + pangram Latin plural + singular (3 words)
431PH7Linguistics term for smallest unit in a language with its own distinct sound (e.g., C in ‘car”)
411PH9Observable fact or event; remarkable person, thing, or event
411PH10Observable fact or event; remarkable person, thing, or event
441PO4Verse that usually rhymes, from Frost et al.
451PO4Botany term for apple or pear (think French)
461PO4Unleavened cornbread, often Southern or Native American
471PO4Francis, Pius, etc. (head of Roman Catholic Church)

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.