On-stage chatter

Speller 135, Joel Miles, asked if he could "jump the question" when he heard his his word, "seriema." He misspelled it, and is out.

Christine Sturgill, speller 137, was ready for her word.

"Bring it on," she said, as she approached the mic. Christine spelled "tatbeb" correctly, and took a bow.

"Thank you very much," she said.

No more pain

Dev Jaiswal, speller 132, last competed in 2012. He's concerned about the subject of his sentence, for the word "acesodyne," which means mitigating or relieving pain.

"The patient was administered an acesodyne drug to relieve her back pain," the sentence read.




"I hope she felt better," Dev said.

Baby names

"Very funny," said speller 125, Brandon Kirkendall, when he heard the sentence for his word, Plantagenet. It means a member of an English royal family to which belonged the rulers of England from 1154 to 1485:

Prince Charles was glad that Kate Middleton decided against naming the baby Plantagenet and went with "Charlotte."

Brandon misspelled it, and was eliminated.

Laugh for me

Craig Storm, speller 111, approached the mic.

"I have no jokes related to greetings, so you're going to have to accommodate me and laugh hysterically now," he said.

The audience complied. "Understood," Dr. Bailly said.

Other spellers have greeted him in French or German, or with a howdy or an aloha.

Still, Craig misspelled "pappardelle" and was eliminated from competition.

Some tough breaks

Rosie Shultz, speller 98, caught herself when she skipped a middle "M" in "Zamzummim." But you're not allowed to change the order of letters one you say them, and Rosie was eliminated.

Neil St. John, speller 99, kept mispronouncing "bibliotaphic."

"Can I just spell it?" he asked.

"It's your choice," Dr. Bailly told him.

Neil spelled it with a "T-H" instead of a "P-H" and is out.

Speller 101, William Rogers, added an extra "R" to "fanfaronade" and was eliminated, as well.


"Namaste, Dr. Bailly," Naysa Modi, speller 96, said.

"It is a nice day, isn't it?" he replied.

Naysa spelled "speleothem" correctly. It means a cave deposit or formation.

And let's dance again

The word means a mobid fear of crowds, but Tara Singh, speller 93, got a sentence related to dancing:

Alice claims she never attends rock concerts because of her ochlophobia, but really it's because of her dad's propensity to dance like, well -- a dad.


Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, correctly spelled "balletomane." Her sister, Kavya, is a former champion and this is the last time Vanya, a five-time attendee, can compete.

Her word means one who takes extraordinary delight in artistic dance performances.