Bee Roots for 2021-10-27

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
11AFurther forward in space or time; in the lead (sports)
21AThroat-clearing, attention-getting sound
31APerson proficient in sports
42DRemove spent flowers from a plant (compound)
51DEvent that ends a life
61HKosher in Islam
71HStrong, well, fit (…& hearty); or Revolutionary War patriot Nathan
81HCorridor, or Let’s Make a Deal’s Monty
92HCome to a complete & sudden stop, verb
101HMeat from a pig, often served on holidays
111HWedge-shaped carpal bone
121HSmaller than a village
131HHead covering
142HDislike intensely, verb/noun
151HArchaic 3rd person singular present form of "possess" (Hell … no fury)
161HYoga type that pairs poses with breathing
172HBody part that holds your brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth
182HRecover from injury
191HPhysical well-being (in sickness & in …)
202HWarm up in the oven, verb; or extreme warmth, noun
211HCandy bar with toffee & milk chocolate, actor Ledger, or British field
222HPay attention to (you didn’t … my advice)
232HBack of your foot (Achilles’ weakness), noun; or (of a dog) follow closely
241HSatan’s domain
252HShip steering wheel, steer a ship, or Medieval protective hat
262HHard thing you can wear to protect your noggin
271HTurn under and sew the edge of a garment, verb/noun
281HIron-containing biological compound (in blood, e.g.)
291HGrasp in your hands, or wait “on…” (on a call with tech support, e.g.)
301LFlat strip of wood, often plastered as wallboard
312LWood-shaping machine, noun/verb
321LFatal (“… Weapon” films)
331MIndian honorific (… Gahdhi), or rice brand
341MAddition & division subject abbr.
351MStupid person (compound, Archie Bunker's favorite name for his son-in-law)
361MFan or performer of heavy rock-and-roll
371MSlang abbr. of addictive stimulant (crystal …)
381TWhat you use to chew, plural
392TWhen the things you use to chew start to emerge & you chew on everything
401TMedical care over the phone, contains list word
411TPronoun for the other thing (this & …)
421TArchaic form of “you”
431TPronoun for people you previously mentioned (I bathed the kids & put … to bed)
442TSubject of a talk, or an idea that recurs in a work of art
451T8th Greek letter, Θ

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.