Bee Roots for 2021-11-01

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, ...)
11AC4Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
11AC6Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
21AD6Someone who’s hooked on drugs
31AD8Math operation with plus (+) symbol, or new rooms that expand a house
21AD9Someone who’s hooked on drugs
11AN7Below 7 on the pH scale (amino …, sulfuric …, hydrochloric …)
41AN8South American snake that can grow very large
61CA5Member of the dog family, noun
51CA6Unposed photo, or frank; adj. (Smile! You’re on “…Camera”)
71CI6Noisy 17–year insect
81CO4Concluding event, remark, or section, especially in music
91CO5Sequence of 3 nucleotides in DNA
111CO5Self-owned apartment with an HOA, slang abbr.
101CO9The state of something (it’s in poor … after long use), noun
121CO11Accept or allow misbehavior to continue (“We don’t…this behavior”)
131DA4Facts & stats, computer info, or Star Trek Next Gen android
191DI4Flintstones pet, or T. Rex family abbr.
201DI4Archaic word whose only surviving use is “by [means] of” (hard work)
151DI5(Usually singular) formal pronouncements, or adages, Latin plural
211DI5“Same here” or “same as above”
181DI6Person over-inclined to instruct others
171DI7Enunciation (use a …-ary to find word meanings)
141DI8Involving five whole steps and two half steps (music)
181DI8Person over-inclined to instruct others
161DI9Lay down authoritatively; prescribe; say words that someone will type
221DO4Extinct bird; or idiot, slang
241DO6Thingamajig, slang; ends in “father” nickname
231DO8Give to a good cause
251ID5Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
251ID7Dunce (Green Day’s “American…” album, & show)
261IN6Subspecies of cannabis plant; 1 vowel shorter than below
291IN6Legal term for formally charging with a crime
281IN7Bulk-mail postage stamp substitute, or other distinguishing mark (USPS pic)
271IN10Point out
301NA4Nothing, Spanish
311NA5Greek water nymph, or dragonfly larva
321OC5Group of 8
331TO4Frog cousin

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.