Bee Roots for 2021-12-01

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, ...)
11BI5Deeply prejudiced person
11BI7Deeply prejudiced person
21BR4Prison, especially on a warship
31BR4Vigor, Italian; often used in music as “allegro con …”
41GI4Encircle with a belt
61GR4Small loose particles of stone or sand, or courage & resolve; “True …” 1969 & 2010 Western
51GR5Wandering West African storyteller
61GR6Small loose particles of stone or sand, or courage & resolve; “True …” 1969 & 2010 Western
71IT4Really small, slang; usually paired with rhyming B word
81OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
91OR5Path of a planet around the sun
131RI4Civil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
101RI5Curved bone, part of the chest
121RI5Thoroughness or stiffness (… mortis)
111RI6What a frog says (I'm not kidding - it's really a Spelling Bee word)
141RO4Indian flatbread that isn’t naan
161TO4Donut shape
151TO5Shinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
171TR4Study of angles in math, slang abbr. (sine, tangent, e.g.)
181TR4Musical group of 3 (Kingston …)
191YO4Bendy, meditative exercise on mats

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.