Bee Roots for 2022-11-01

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. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: M/BDELNO
  • Words: 56
  • Points: 258
  • Pangrams: 2
Source: Oregon Historical Society

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11BE7Porters, hotel ♂ (plural) who carry bags in response to a ding sound (compound)
21BL5(Of a plant) produce flowers
21BL7(Of a plant) produce flowers
41BO4It explodes, noun/verb
61BO4Sound of explosion or subwoofer
51BO5Frozen dome-shaped dessert
41BO6It explodes, noun/verb
61BO6Sound of explosion or subwoofer
71DE4Consider (I … it a great success)
81DE4Show off, slang abbr. (a … model impressed investors); or demolish, slang abbrev.
91DE5Evil spirit or devil
71DE6Consider (I … it a great success)
81DE6Show off, slang abbr. (a … model impressed investors); or demolish, slang abbrev.
101DO4Rounded vault on a roof
111DO4Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
101DO5Rounded vault on a roof
111DO6Terrible fate (they fell to their …), or pioneering 1st person shooter game
121EM5Plant into (e.g., wartime journalist in a combat unit)
141EM5Alter text to fix errors
131EM6(Heraldic) symbol or badge (of a nation)
141EM7Alter text to fix errors
31EM8𝐔𝐧𝐚𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐝, 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬, 𝐚𝐝𝐣.
121EM8Plant into (e.g., wartime journalist in a combat unit)
31EM10𝐔𝐧𝐚𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐝, 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬, 𝐚𝐝𝐣.
151LE5Yellow citrus fruit, or CNN anchor Don
161LO4Cloth weaving device
161LO6Cloth weaving device
181ME4Combine (Vulcan mind …)
221ME4Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
231ME4Office note abbr.
241ME4Repair, especially clothes or shoes
191ME5Confusing scuffle
211ME5Cantaloupe or honeydew, e.g.
221ME5Viral internet funny image, noun/verb
171ME6Interfere without the right to do so (don’ my affairs!)
181ME6Combine (Vulcan mind …)
241ME6Repair, especially clothes or shoes
171ME7Interfere without the right to do so (don’ my affairs!)
201ME8Small organ popular in the 19th century, similar to the harmonium; or a diatonic button accordion
261MO4Manner in which something happens (… of operation), or fashion (pie à la …)
291MO4Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
301MO4Burrowing blind rodent, or embedded spy
311MO4Mobster’s ♀
331MO41–channel sound abbreviation, or glandular fever “kissing disease” abbreviation
351MO4Emotional state (happy, angry, sad, etc.)
361MO4NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
271MO5Strut down a runway showing off new fashion
281MO5Device to get a computer online (cable or DSL …)
321MO5Slang for something huge or remarkable, or Italian for “world”
341MO5Sound a cow makes
251MO6Large crowd of disorderly people
291MO6Fungal growth, or Jell–O shaper
361MO6NASA Apollo missions landed on or circled it
271MO7Strut down a runway showing off new fashion
371NO8♂ from a social class just below royalty; compound
381OM4Portent, or Damien’s horror films (“The …”)

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.