Polite as always

The Jamaican spellers always say, "Thank you, sir" to Dr. Bailly after he answers their questions. Sara-Beth McPherson, speller 87, is no exception. She correctly spelled "amentia" to stay on stage.

This one got a laugh

Mohamed Bouftas, speller 78, spelled "sarwan" correctly. The crowd chuckled at his sentence:

Teresa took pictures with the camel and the sarwan, although the camel thought he looked tired in the first few shots and asked her not to post them on Facebook.


Mareike Western, speller 57, had trouble with her word, "mucedinous."

"What?" she said upon hearing it.

Mareike struggled with the pronounciation.

"I'm going to get it wrong either way," she said.

Dr. Bailly reminded her that she promised to try -- all the spellers did in an assembly yesterday.

"I'm going to try, i'm just not going to do good," she said.

Mareike spelled the word with a "T" instead of a "D" and was eliminated.


Zander Patent, speller 56, had a question for Dr. Bailly.

"How do you spell it," he asked of his word, "phoniatric."

"I'm very much hoping correctly," Dr. Bailly countered.

Zander got the word right. "Correctly," head judge Mary Brooks said as he completed it.

It's a good day

Speller 54, Christopher Chang, greeted Dr. Bailly.

"How are you, Christopher," he replied.

"I'm great, how about you?" Christopher countered.

"Doing just fine," Dr. Bailly said.

Christopher correctly spelled "Roscian" to continue his great day.

Two more eliminated

McKenna Noland, speller 50, was eliminated on "phthalein." It means any of a group of xanthene dyes that are intensely colored in alkaline solution. Jaren Rose, speller 51, is out on "geelhout," any of several southern African trees whose wood is sometimes used for interior work.

It's a hard one

Jeremy Ortmann, speller 41, wasn't thrilled to hear his word, "Gesamtkunstwerk."

"You were saving that one for me, weren't you?" he asked Dr. Bailly.

He spelled it right, and clapped as he walked away.

Some meta humor

The spellers were delayed this afternoon, but there was nary a chuckle when speller 39, Siyona Mishra, spelled "chiliad," which means a period lasting 1,000 years. Dr. Bailly read the sentence:

While it really only lasted about ten minutes, the contestants felt that sitting on the stage waiting for the Spelling Bee to resolve their technical issues lasted an entire chiliad.