Bee Roots for 2021-10-24

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
11AAfrican or Australian wattle tree
21ATrendy smoothie berry
31CBean source of Hershey Bars
41CHarden because of calcium deposits
51CBaby cow
61CRough cotton fabric, or colorful cat
71CPhone, name, summon, or shout (out)
81CArum plant referred to as a lily
91CCaribbean veg dish
101C“Hi” or “Bye” in Italian (“… bella”)
111CShort microscopic hairlike vibrating structure found in large numbers on the surface of certain cells; (anatomy) eyelash
121CDirt used to make ceramic pots, or boxer Ali former name
131CSteep rock face (white ones of Dover)
141CCombo sex & waste cavity in non-mammals
151CSicken with sweetness
161C“Dirty fuel” dug from mines; what Santa puts in your stocking if you’re bad
171C1st part of popular soda brand name
181CSpherical or nearly spherical bacterium
191CHot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
201CStyle someone’s hair, verb/noun
211CWind up spirally, or Hamlet’s “mortal ...”
221CPepsi & RC dark brown soda flavor
231CBaby or horse upset tummy
242C“Warm” antonym, or “neat!”
251CReluctant to give details, especially about something regarded as sensitive
263CRide a bike; series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
271CRegularly repeated, (○ related adj., like a bike’s full name)
282FFront part of head containing eyes, nose, & mouth 😀; noun/verb
291FBelief based on unsound reasoning
301FFlat Italian bread made with yeast and olive oil and flavored with herbs
312FCenter of interest or activity, noun; adjust a camera to get a clear image, verb
321FB-vitamin that treats anemia (… acid)
331IFrozen water
341IHip bone
351LFrilly; adj. for cuff, collar, & sexy underwear fabric
362LNon-cleric + non-clerical
371LPurple flower or shade
382LFrom a nearby area, or a train making all stops
391LCrazy, Spanish
401LA particular point or place
412OConfirmed by an authority (it's …); someone who throws penalty flags

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.