Bee Roots for 2021-11-04

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, ...)
11AC4Peak, or where Wile E. Coyote orders his supplies
31CA4Barred enclosure, or actor Nicolas
41CA4Baked dessert, often with layers and icing; traditional birthday party fare
51CA4Arrived, or slang for “had an orgasm,” verb
71CA4Clothing that helps you hide, slang abbr.
21CA5Bean source of Hershey Bars
61CA5Jewelry with a carved portrait; bit part in a movie played by a celebrity (… appearance)
81CO41st part of popular soda brand name
91CO4Rooster, or slang for penis
111CO4Pepsi rival, or slang abbr. for drug people snort
121CO4Prolonged unconscious state
131CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
151CO4Prep or heat food
101CO5Hot winter drink with marshmallows, or the powder it’s made from
141CO5Curly punctuation mark that separates phrases
161EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
171GA8Fighting rooster; U of South Carolina mascot
181GE5Hawaiian house lizard; GEICO spokesman with a British-ish accent
191MA4Self-defense pepper spray, staff, or spice from a nutmeg
201ME5Holiest city in Islam, or place of attraction (shopping …)
211MO4Tease scornfully, verb; or imitation, adj. (… turtleneck)

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.