Bee Roots for 2021-11-03

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, ...)
11EG6Creamy Xmas drink with nutmeg & rum
31EN7Friendly understanding between countries, French
41GE4DNA sequence that determines traits, or singing cowboy Autry
51GE4♂ counterpart to “lady,” slang abbr.
71GO4Away, out of, past; adj. (“… Girl” film with Affleck)
81GO4Orchestra chime or dinner bell
91GO4Thug, noun
111HE5Prehistoric circular monument (Stone…)
121HO4Sharpen (a blade or skill)
101HU4What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
131HU4Search for (game animals to shoot?), or scavenger …
141NE4Hawaiian goose & state bird
151NE4Atomic number 10, gas in lighted signs
161NO4Quantity of zero; “all” antonym
181NO412:00, midday, 🕛
191NO4What you pass to someone in class, or ♪ in music
211NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
171NO5Group of 9 (musicians)
201NO6Zilch (the plans came to…), alt spelling
221NU6Small breaded chicken serving, or gold ore chunk
231ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
251OU6Have better or more weapons (pistols), or surpass in power, verb + gerund
241OU7$ spent, to a CPA, literal opposite of “income”
261TE4Adolescent (...-ager), or numbers 13–19
301TE4Shelter you sleep in while camping
271TE5Between nine and eleven
281TE5Recent Christopher Nolan time-travel film, or a principle or belief
291TE5Projecting piece of wood attached to a mortise
311TH4At that time, or next; adv. (not always, but every now &…)
341TO4Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
351TO4Chinese mafia, or BBQ grabber if plural
381TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
371TO51,000 kilograms, UK spelling; double the last consonant in above
361TO6Mouth muscle
391TO7Difficult (“…break, kid”) or durable adj. + pangram verb (make stricter or more durable (“...up”)) (2 words)
401TU4Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
421UN4Archaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “…us a child is born”)
101UN6What you do to a painting you want to mount on a wall, or to a criminal sentenced to the gallows
401UN6Sync the pitch of instruments before concerts
411UN7A salve, noun
321UN9Use your brain to ponder something, 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.