Bee Roots for 2021-10-06

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

clue #words coveredroot 1st letterclue
11ASomeone who’s hooked on drugs
21AUnfinished room below roof; garret
31CSucculent plant with a thick stem that usually has spines, lacks leaves, and occasionally has brilliantly colored flowers
41CFeline ♂ whistle or jeer at passing ♀, compound
51CDomestic feline hind appendage, or reed
61DFacts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
71D(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
82DPerson over-inclined to instruct others
91I𝑆𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑒𝑥𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑅𝑜𝑚𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦
101LMilk adj. (think acid in yogurt or sore muscles)
112LNot forbidden by law or custom
121LIllumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
131LSingsong accent
141TUnderstood without being stated (… agreement), adj.
151TDiplomacy, sensitivity
162TAction planned to achieve a specific end (negotiating …)
171TDogs wag this hind appendage
181TMineral in baby powder
191TOf greater than average height, adj.
201TAnkle bone
211TOcean ebb & flow at the beach, or laundry soap brand
221TCash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
232TMove into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
241TSun’s glow below horizon at dawn & dusk; or Bella, Edward, & Jacob vampire movie
251TTextile weave with diagonal parallel ribs
261TSilly person (also, start of a social media platform name)
272WDelay until a particular time or until something happens (… for it)
281WUnit of electric power
291WLion or tiger, but not a tabby; UArizona feline mascot; compound pangram
301WDroop, as a plant, or NBA’s Chamberlain

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.