A few more are gone

Sahil Sangwan, speller 156, misspelled "aniseikonia." Shashwat Patel, speller 157, missed on "zabaglione." Sydney DeLapp, speller 161, didn't get "nudicaulous." And Stephen Ponzer, speller 163, misspelled on "trouvaille."

All were eliminated.


Frank Grabowski's word made him giggle.

"Oopuhue" is any of numerous chiefly tropical marine fishes which can distend themselves to a globular form and float belly upward on the surface and most species of which are highly poisonous.

He mispelled it, and was eliminated.

Out and in

Kassie McKnight, speller 138, thought her word sounded comforting -- she just didn't know how to spell it.

"Avegolemono" is a soup or sauce made of chicken stock, egg yolks and lemon juice.

She misspelled, and was eliminated.

Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140 and last year's third place finisher, spelled "lathyrism" correctly to stay in the competition.

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.