"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.

More hints?

Sean Fogerty, speller 88, got the answer to his question -- sort of.

"May I have a hint from a friend?" he asked.

Sean got the definition, the language of origin and the part of speech -- but he misspelled "sortition" anyway and is out.

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.