Bee Roots for 2021-12-26

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.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: Y/ABDLOR
  • Words: 50
  • Points: 264
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: @resourcedepot

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AB4Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something, adj. (She was … to walk at 14 months)
21AD8Love and respect deeply
51AL4Friend (person, country) who joins you for a common purpose in a conflict
31AL5Put (fears) at rest
41AL5Two or more metals combined to make a new one, (brass, steel, etc.); noun/verb
61AR5Ordered series, esp. math
71AR6Steep-sided gully in SW US; Spanish for creek
91BA5Opposite of good
101BA6Head with no hair, or tire with no tread
121BA7Young β™‚ who retrieves orbs in games (tennis, e.g.)
111BA8Narrative song from a minstrel or of β€œBuster Scroggs,” noun + art of performing or writing
131BA8Old term for stadium where Yankees or Mets might play (orb + lawn)
141BL6Reveal a secret by indiscreet talk
151BL6Gelatinous mass, or 1950s alien horror film
161BL6What hearts pump, noun + adj.
171BO4Your physical structure, or car frame
201BO5Seabird with colorful feet, or gag "prize"
191BO6π”π§πšπŸπ«πšπ’π, 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐀 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 π₯𝐒𝐀𝐞 𝐭𝐑𝐒𝐬, 𝐚𝐝𝐣.
181BO9Lie-flat surfing plank
211BR4Donkey sound
231BR6Fret about, or a hen sitting on eggs, verb + adj.
221BR7Wide, or slang term for ♀, adj. + adv.
241BY6Less-travelled street, or BTW sans T
251DA5Papa (… long legs, sugar …)
261DA5Move slowly, or have casual sex with
291DO4Type of fish or rowboat (β€œFinding Nemo” sequel)
271DO5Move on a mobile platform, for example a movie camera
281DO8Garden next to above, combo of building entrance and grassy area
311DR4Cart with open sides
341DR5Not wet
351DR5Mythical Greek tree nymph
301DR6Dull, lacking brightness or interest, adj.
321DR6Curious or unusual in a way that provokes amusement, adj.
331DR6Spit leaking out of your mouth, noun/verb
361DY4Something that consists of 2 parts, from Greek (Kylo Ren & Rey, e.g.)
371LA4♀ counterpart of gentleman ("… & the Tramp")
381LO5Bldg. entrance area or waiting room
401LO5β™‚ version of β€œLady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
411LO5β€œTruck” in Britspeak
421LO5Faithful, devoted
401LO6β™‚ version of β€œLady” in nobility, or term for God; or, exclamation expressing surprise or worry
421LO7Faithful, devoted
391LO8Southern US yellow pine tree, or SE US tea evergreen
431OD5Opposite of even (math); unusual
441OR6Spoken (… exam), or by mouth (… surgery), adjective
451RA5Mass meeting of people for a common cause (pep, political)
461RO5Prince or king adj. + adv. (β€œβ€¦ flush” in poker)
461RO7Prince or king adj. + adv. (β€œβ€¦ flush” in poker)
471YA43 feet (...-stick), or grassy area outside a house

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.