Bee Roots for 2021-12-13

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, ...)
21BI5Emergence of a baby from its mother's body
11BI6Vitamin B7
41BO4Hippie chic fashion; anagram of "vagrant"
81BO4Breast, slang
111BO4Favor, poetic (grant me a …), noun
121BO4Lout, NOT wild pig
131BO4Cowboy or winter shoe
151BO4Existing as a result of birth, adj. (Biden was … in Scranton)
171BO4Each of 2 things (I’ll take this AND that), adv.
141BO5Privacy enclosure (voting, phone …), or Lincoln assassin
161BO5Element 5
31BO6Sewing machine thread holder
51BO6Candy, or 2X “good" in French
61BO6Small tuna relative; Spanish for “pretty” (masc)
71BO6Small ape related to chimps
91BO6“Owie” you kiss & make better, mistake, or what 2 ghosts say
101BO6Weeping sound, slang
181BR4Vigor, Italian; often used in music as “allegro con …”
191BR5Thin soup
221HO4Tramp, vagrant; anagram of hippie chic fashion
201HO6Small, human-like creature with hairy feet - prominent in Tolkein stories
211HO6Rhyming compound word: socialize (…with) (rich or powerful people, usually), verb; or Brit oat biscuit
151IN6Existing as a result of birth, adj. (Biden was … in Scranton)
231IN7Hinder, restrain, or prevent (cold weather …s plant growth
231IN9Hinder, restrain, or prevent (cold weather …s plant growth
231IN10Hinder, restrain, or prevent (cold weather …s plant growth
241NO4Beginner, gamer slang
251OB4Death write-up in newspaper, slang abbr.
261OR5Path of a planet around the sun
271RI6What a frog says (I'm not kidding - it's really a Spelling Bee word)
281RI6Long, narrow strip of fabric,
291RO5Worm-hunting bird with a red breast
301RO5Machine resembling a human
311TH5Beat or pulsate (teenage heart…)

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.