Who needs to breathe?

"I'd like my mom to take a deep breath," said Buddy Noorlander (Speller 161). He paused for a moment.

"I think she's ready now."

Buddy, an Oneonta, New York eighth grader who celebrated his birthday this week, was eliminated on "spirulina."


He's earning his contract

Carson Monks (Speller 149) was eliminated on "demegoric," but not before he had a chance to share his admiration of Dr. Bailly's work.

"That's a good one. Thay should renew your contract now," he said upon hearing the sentence:

"Rita admired her husband's demegoric skills, though she wished he didn't feel the need to deliver a toast to the waiter every time they dined together."

The Montague, New Jersey eighth grader tied for 51st place in 2012 and 43rd place last year.

Must there be a time limit?

Katharine Wang (Speller 147) had one request when she heard her word, "solecize."

"Can we get rid of the time limit?" she asked.

The time limit stayed, but the Morristown, New Jersey seventh grader spelled the word correctly.

Katharine tied for 51st place in 2012 and 33rd place last year.


The Amazing Prune Man strikes again

This time, the Bee super hero was given a costume.

"The Amazing Prune Man wears a purple tunic and a blue cape made of flannelette," Dr. Bailly read.

Alexander Hauer (Speller 144) correctly spelled "flannelette" after telling Dr. Bailly that he was "awake now."

But the Amazing Prune Man didn't win any more fans.

"Nice costume, but he's not the best super hero," the Blackwood, New Jersey eighth grader said.


At the half

At the halfway point of Round Three, there were 14 more spellers eliminated. There are so far 114 spellers that are eligible to continue on to the semifinals.

Up to 50 spellers will go on to the semifinals, based on a combination of their on-stage spelling and their preliminary test.

Dog, dog, duck!

We've expanded into waterfowl.

Nathaniel Britton (Speller 121) received the word "garganey."

"It's a duck. Not a dog," Dr. Bailly said.

The Shelby Township, Michigan seventh grader spelled the word correctly.


Good friend to have

It's nice to have friends in high places.

"It's your childhood buddy Neha," Neha Seshadri (Speller 115) told Dr. Bailly, "so please give me a word I know."

"I'll try," he said.

Neha got "ultimo." She spelled it correctly.

The Novi, Michigan eighth greater tied for 12th in last year's Bee.


A lame super hero?

Mitchell Robinson (Speller 113) isn't a fan of the Bee's new super hero. He made his first appearance when Mitchell got his word, "Jacuzzi."

"After falling asleep in the Jacuzzi, Brendan began fighting crime under the moniker 'The Amazing Prune Man,'" Dr. Bailly read.

"He sounds like a really lame super hero," the Marblehead, Massachusetts sixth grader quipped.

He spelled his word correctly.




It's another dog

It's an animal-heavy day at the Bee.

In addition to the second round dogs, spellers have been given breeds of cattle -- Beefalo and Holstein.

So when Tajaun Gibbison (Speller 87) heard his word -- papillon  -- he had just one question.

"Is this a dog?" the Jamaica eighth grader asked.

"Yes, it is," Dr. Bailly replied.

Tajaun spelled it correctly.