Bee Roots for 2021-11-27

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, ...)
11AD6Performed in slow tempo (music)
21AD6Join something to something else
31AD8Math operation with plus (+) symbol, or new rooms that expand a house
51DA4Mild cuss (just get the…thing working!); euphemism for “condemn to Hell” expletive
61DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
71DA6June 12, 2021, e.g., noun; or see someone romantically, date
111DI4Dent (a…on the car door), or 1st ½ of doorbell sound
131DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
141DI4Archaic word whose only surviving use is “by [means] of” (hard work)
91DI5Finger, toe, or any numeral from 1–9
121DI5Wild Australian canine (“A...ate my baby!”)
151DI5“Same here” or “same as above”
101DI6Eat at a restaurant
81DI7Make a hole in the ground; enjoy (slang)
111DI7Dent (a…on the car door), or 1st ½ of doorbell sound
181DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
231DO4₫ (Vietnam $), or 2nd ½ of doorbell sound
161DO5Perform an action, achieve or complete something; hairstyle (American slang); social event (British slang)
201DO5Remaining silent & motionless to hide (lie …) (think domestic canine)
241DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
261DO6Be uncritically fond (she …s on her grandkids)
171DO7Avoid by a sudden quick movement (… the military draft; play …ball)
191DO7Domestic canine, noun; follow closely and persistently, verb
211DO7Put on (… we now our gay apparel)
251DO7Small round mark, noun/verb (… the i's and cross the t's)
222DO8Give to a good cause
271GA7go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment
281GO4Provoke, use a spiked stick to drive cattle
301GO4Virtuous (“… Humor” ice cream brand); or sizable (a … amount of hot fudge); or approving exclamation (Oh …! We’re having ice cream!)
291GO5Gland that produces sperm or eggs
281GO7Provoke, use a spiked stick to drive cattle
311ID5Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
331IN6Tropical pea, blue dye from it, or a dark blue color (“… Girls” folk rock duo)
321IN9Anger provoked by what is perceived as unfairness
321IN11Anger provoked by what is perceived as unfairness
341NA4Nothing, Spanish
351NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
361NO7Move your head up and down a little, usually to signal agreement, verb/noun
371NO8Pester, nag, or complain (yiddish)
381TI6Ocean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
391TO4Frog cousin

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.