Bee Roots for 2021-11-22

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, ...)
41CO4Metal $, noun; or come up with a new phrase, verb
61CO5Ice cream holder shape
91CO5Tally, verb; or title for Dracula & Monte Cristo, noun
21CO6Nest for butterfly larva, noun; or wrap up like one, verb
31CO6Burial box
71CO6Duck or other meat cooked & preserved in its own fat, French
81CO6Soft fabric or its plant source
11CO7Tropical fruit in Mounds & Piña Colada
51CO7Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
51CO10Create a mixed drink, potion, or wild story
131FI6“Done” in Italian
121FI7Book with made-up stories
151FO4Type face; in some churches, it holds water for baptism
161FO5(Literary) source (of knowledge or water, e.g.)
181FU5Japanese mattress, or sofa that can be unfolded into a bed
171FU8Purpose, math expression, or “work properly” as a verb; pangram
191IC4Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
191IC6Symbol (you tap on phone screen, e.g.)
201IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
211IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
221IN6TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
221IN9TurboTax company, or know by feeling rather than evidence
231IO5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
241NO412:00, midday, 🕛
261NO4In grammar, a person, place or thing
251NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
121NO10Book with made-up stories
281ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
271ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
301TI4Shade of color, noun; or darken car windows, verb
291TI5Archaic for shade of color, seen now only in “–URE of iodine”
321TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
311TO5Carbonated water often mixed with gin
341TU5Upper body garment in a uniform or in ancient Greece & Rome
331TU7College fee
371UN4Something whole on its own but part of larger thing (apartment, Army squad, e.g.)
381UN4Archaic preposition (Handel’s Messiah “For … us a child is born”)
111UN5Divide into pieces with a knife or other sharp implement, verb/noun
141UN5Of suitable quality (all the news that's ... to print), adj.; be of the right shape and size, verb/noun
361UN5Labor org. (Teamsters, AFL-CIO)
101UN6End of shirt sleeve or pant leg
351UN7Priestly anointing with oil; “extreme” on deathbed

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.