Bee Roots for 2021-11-07

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, ...)
11CO4Travel toward a particular place, tell your dog to move toward you, or slang for “to orgasm”
21CO6Funny genre, “…Central” “Daily Show” network
31CO6Archaic for “pretty”
41CO7Fancy word for “toilet,” or cabinet or chair containing one
51DE4Consider (I … it a great success)
61DE4Show off, slang abbr. (a … model impressed investors)
51DE6Consider (I … it a great success)
61DE6Show off, slang abbr. (a … model impressed investors)
71DO4Rounded vault on a roof
81DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their…), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
71DO5Rounded vault on a roof
81DO5Terrible fate (they fell to their…), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
81DO6Terrible fate (they fell to their…), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
91EM5Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
91EM6Master of Ceremonies (sounded-out initials), slang
101LO4Cloth weaving device
101LO6Cloth weaving device
131ME4Combine (Vulcan mind …)
161ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
171ME4Office note abbr.
141ME5Confusing scuffle
161ME5Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
111ME6Interfere without the right to do so (don’ my affairs!)
121ME6Collection of songs played as one, or swimming race with different strokes
131ME6Combine (Vulcan mind …)
151ME6Principal musical theme, or pleasing sequence of notes
111ME7Interfere without the right to do so (don’ my affairs!)
181MO4Manner in which something happens (… of operation), or fashion (pie à la …)
211MO4Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
221MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
231MO4Mobster’s ♀
281MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
191MO5Strut down a runway showing off new fashion
201MO5Device to get a computer online (cable or DSL …)
211MO5Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
241MO5Small black aquarium fish; or actress Ringwald; or Ecstasy drug (slang)
261MO5Mother, familiar
271MO5Sound a cow makes
281MO5Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
211MO6Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
191MO7Strut down a runway showing off new fashion
251MO11Spoil, be overprotective, overindulge
251MO12Spoil, be overprotective, overindulge

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.