Bee Roots for 2021-10-31

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.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AC5Nut from an oak tree
21AN4Soon, poetically
201AN5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
31AR61 of 2 classes in a tarot pack (major & minor), a mystery or deep secret, or specialized knowledge, noun
41AR6Yellow daisy used to treat bruises
51CA5Pile of commemorative stones, or terrier (dog) breed
71CA5Tropical “lily”
91CA5Nikon rival, or accepted (Church) lore, noun
61CA6Leggy French dance
81CA6Wheeled artillery
101CA7Decaying animal flesh
121CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
141CO4Veg on a cob
131CO5Ice cream holder shape
111CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
151CO6Upper part of the sun's atmosphere
171CR5Hum or sing in a soft, low voice, especially in a sentimental manner (think Sinatra or Bublé)
161CR6Scientific name for skull
181CZ7Title of a russian monarch
191IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
191IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
201IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
211IR4Element Fe (atomic number 26), or hot clothes presser, noun/verb
221IR6Wryly funny because it’s opposite to what’s expected (a fire station burns down, e.g,)
231NA4Indiaan flaat breaad
241NA4Grandma, slang; or Peter Pan dog
251NA4Drug cop, slang
261NA5Drug dealer, old-fashioned slang
271NI6Vitamin B3
281NO4“Black” in French; or dark mystery genre (film …)
291NO412:00, midday, 🕛
301OC7Small egg-shaped wind instrument
311ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut
331RA4Liquid precipitation
351RA4Hindu queen, anagram of liquid precipitation
341RA6Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing
321RA7Mammal with a mask
361RI5Poison from castor beans, NOT a pilaf grain
371RO4Horse with 2–colored coat
381ZI4The US penny is now 97.5% this metal, element 30, which is also mixed with copper to make brass
391ZI6Sunflower within the daisy family (what other flower starts with Z?)
401ZI6Crystal that is the main source of element Zr (atomic number 40)
401ZI8Crystal that is the main source of element Zr (atomic number 40)

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.