Sing along

Dr. Bailly gave a quick "ba-dum-dum" to explain "bacchius" which means a metrical foot of three syllables, the first short, the other two long.

Dev Jaiswal, speller 132, looked nervous at the microphone, but he spelled the word correctly.

Dev pumped his fists after he got it right, rushed away, then rushed back to the microphone to say thank you to Dr. Bailly.

Say it five times

Siyona Mishra, speller 39, heard her word.

"Could you, like, say it five times?" she asked Dr. Bailly.

He did, and she nodded after each repetition.

"Was that five?" he asked.

"Yeah," she replied.

"Hacek," he said again.

But Siyona misspelled, and is out.

First one eliminated

Sylvie Lamontagne, speller 29, sighed nervously as she spelled "cerastes" on her hand while the clock counted down.

"That's not right," she said, just before the bell rang.

Sylvie only got one shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her sponsor, The Denver Post, doesn’t let spellers come back a second time.