Bee Roots for 2021-11-02

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, ...)
11AB5Surprised (taken …), adv.
21AC4Muscle, heart, tooth, or tummy dull pain
31AL5Archaic exclamation of regret or dismay; from list word for “absence of”
41BA4Part of body containing your spine
51BA8Dull pain in the part of your body containing your spine (compound)
71BE4Gesture requesting attention; summons (at someone's … and call)
61BE5Sandy shoreline
81BE5Tree that’s a homophone of a sandy shoreline
101BL5Color that reflects no light; color of the 8-ball
131BL5Slang exclamation of disgust (of something that makes you gag)
121BL6Chlorine laundry whitener
111BL9Exclude from membership, usually by secret ballot (compound)
191CA4Baked dessert, often with layers and icing; traditional birthday party fare
201CA4Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
141CA5Secret political faction
161CA5Thick wire rope (… bridge), San Francisco trolley (… car), or insulated wire (power or USB …)
171CA5Hidden stockpile, or computer temp memory storage to speed access
211CA5Arum plant referred to as a lily
151CA6Jewish mysticism; usually starts with K
181CA6Make a harsh, raucous sound when laughing, verb/noun; (the witch …-d with delight as she stirred the potion)
201CA8Phone, name, summon, or shout (out)
221CA8Invitation to return for a second audition (compound)
241CE4Prison “room,” or smallest unit of an organism
231CE5Person who’s well-known, slang abbr.
251CH5Soft white limestone that can be made into sticks for writing
271CH5Bank draft, noun; or verify, verb
281CH5Side of your face, noun; or sass (British)
261CH7Jewish Sabbath braided egg bread
271CH9Bank draft, noun; or verify, verb
291CL5Heel sounds on tile, verb; or NPR “car” show guy 2
301EA4Every one, pronoun; or apiece, adv.
311HA4Cut with rough or heavy blows; use a computer to gain unauthorized access, verb/noun
311HA8Cut with rough or heavy blows; use a computer to gain unauthorized access, verb/noun
321HE4Mild cuss (“… of a job, Brownie!”), euphemism for Satan’s domain
331HE6Interrupt a public speaker with insults
341LA4Frilly fabric, or shoestring
351LA4Absence of (talent or imagination, e.g.), verb/noun
371LE4Womanizer, derogatory slang abbr., or Polish president Wałęsa
361LE5Dissolve out by percolating liquid, verb; or “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” host Robin
381LE5Bloodsucking worm, noun; habitually exploit or rely on, verb

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.