At the end of the round, we've lost two more - that's 12 gone. That means 22 spellers remain.
Marlene Schaff, speller 291, was eliminated on cleidoic, cut off or isolated from free exchange with the environment by reason of a more or less impervious shell — used of an egg.
The Illinois eighth grader tied for 46th place last year.
Srikar Chamarthi, speller 280, misspelled Bruneian, of or relating to Brunei or its people.
The Texas seventh grader tied for 172nd last year.