Bee Roots for 2021-10-10

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
11AItalian slang for heartburn from stress
21AMake someone nervous, campaign for a cause, or stir briskly (clothes in a washing machine, e.g.), verb
31AGarlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
41ALarge semiaquatic reptile, that humans sometimes wrestle
51AOpera solo
61ASeed covering
72ALarge open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building, common in ancient Roman houses; an upper cavity of the heart
81ACongratulations for a young ♀ (slang)
91GA person's way of walking, or an animal’s pace (esp. horse); NOT a hinged fence opening
101GMale escort; Richard Gere “American …” film
111GCoat with element Au, atomic no. 79
121GFish breathing organ
131GEncircle with a belt
141GYoung ♀
152GNervous system connective tissue “cell,” (anagram of venomous lizard “monster”)
161GLarge primate (800-pound …)
171GCup that the Round Table knights tried to find (The Holy …)
181GBBQ cooker; or interrogate, slang
191GWandering West African storyteller
201GSmall loose particles of stone or sand, or courage & resolve; “True …” 1969 & 2010 Western
211IIce house
221I9th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
231LAnimal or criminal den
241LCowboy rope
251LSomeone who doesn’t tell the truth
261LIllumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
271LSingsong accent
281L₺ or ₤, Turkish or old Italian $
291LWhat a lawyer does with a lawsuit
301LPart of a lake or ocean near the coast
311OMixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
321OReligious music for orchestra & voice (Handel’s Messiah, e.g.)
331OScientific term for ear pain
341RWhat a train travels on, or what you hold on stairs
351RIndian yogurt veg dip
361RProportion in math (Golden …, e.g.)
371RRodent hind appendage, fish, or hair style; compound
381R$ in Iran, Oman, & Yemen
391RThoroughness or stiffness (… mortis)
401RSmall stream
411RCivil unrest, noun; or to rampage, verb
421RStir up mud or trouble (…-ed the waters)
431RIndian flatbread that isn’t naan
441RBreak up soil using a …–ER cultivator device with spinning blades
451TBoreal or snow coniferous forest biome of high northern latitudes
461TDogs wag this hind appendage
471TSomeone who fits clothes
481TAnkle bone
491TJeweled, ornamental ½ crown
501TCash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
512TMove into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
521TWork hard (… away, trying to find the last few Spelling Bee words)
531TShinto shrine gate, NOT double plural of donut shapes
541TThin, circular unleavened flatbread, used in Mexican cooking
551TDonut shape
561TForest path, noun; follow or fall behind, verb
571TCharacteristic, often genetically determined (left-handedness, e.g.)
581TBenedict Arnold, e.g.
591TItalian restaurant with simple food
601TCourtroom proceeding
611TStudy of angles in math, slang abbr. (sine, tangent, e.g.)
621TVibratory sound, Star Trek symbiotic species (Dax, e.g.), or how Spanish say “R”
631TMusical group of 3 (Kingston...)

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.