Dev is out

Dev Jaiswal, speller 132, has been feeling good all week.

After competing in the national bee in 2012, Dev was beaten at the local level for the next two years. So this, his eighth grade year, is a most triumphant return.

Another eliminated

Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, speller 16, held the microphone and bit her lip. With one arm crossed in front of her, she tried to figure out "oflag," a German prison camp for officers.

She misspelled, and is out. Snehaa raised her eyebrows as she heard the correct spelling.

More opportunities

Shreyas Muthusamy, Tejas' brother, was hoping Tejas would win so he could come to the national bee next year. Shreyas finished second to Tejas, speller 264, in the local competition.

But Tejas, a sixth grader who was eliminated, plans to return.

"I feel less pressure than all the eighth graders here," he said. "I can still come back next year and the year after. Think of how good I'll be in eighth grade."

Billiken

Tejas Muthusamy, speller 264, is a returning finalist. That doesn't mean he knows every word he comes across -- even if he can spell them.

His word, "billiken," is "probably formed from a name plus an English combining form," Dr. Bailly said.

"Yay," Tejas said. It means a squat smiling comic figure used as a mascot.

Tejas got it right.

In it

Siddharth Krishnakumar, speller 238, bit his lower lip as he asked Dr. Bailly to repeat the pronunciations of "Albumblatt." He got it right, and is still in the competition.