Bee Roots for 2021-11-30

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, ...)
11DH5Garment worn by male Hindus, consisting of a piece of material tied around the waist and extending to cover most of the legs
21DO4Third person singular present of do (archaic)
51GO4Person who wears dark clothing, dark rock genre, or German invader of Rome
31GO7The state of being a deity (compound: deity plus head covering)
41GO9What you say at bedtime (compound)
71HI4Greater than normal (… definition TV), or stoned (… as a kite), adj.
81HI4Rear (… leg), or Sir Francis Drake’s “Golden …” ship (obscure word for a ♀ deer)
101HI4Clue, suggestion, noun/verb + gerund ( 2 words)
61HI6Stay out of sight (play “… & seek”)
91HI7Door fastener to frame that lets it swing open & closed, noun/verb
101HI7Clue, suggestion, noun/verb + gerund ( 2 words)
111HI7Strike with a hand, tool, or weapon, verb/noun; popular song or movie
141HO4“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
161HO4Owl sound
131HO6Sharpen (a blade or skill)
151HO6Column of weathered rocks, or black magic; rhyming word
171HO6Frankfurter, noun (sompound: usually two words); skier or surfer who shows off, noun/verb
121HO7Large pig, noun; refuse to share, verb
141HO7“Little Red Riding …” noggin covering
161HO7Owl sound
171HO10Frankfurter, noun (sompound: usually two words); skier or surfer who shows off, noun/verb
181NI4Near, archaic (“Repent, the end is…!”)
191NI5Period of the day when it’s dark; add a letter to end of above
201NI5Ordinal number: last baseball inning, or Beethoven’s choral symphony featuring “Ode to Joy”
211NO7Opposite of something
231TH4Skinny, adj. (… Mints)
221TH5Part of leg between hip & knee
241TH5Unnamed object, noun (person, place, or …)
231TH8Skinny, adj. (… Mints)
261TI5Having no slack (all my pants have become too … since the lockdown started), adj.
271TI7Give 10% of your income to the Church
291TO5What you chew with
281TO7What comes between today and tomorrow

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.