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.

Spell it yourself

Oona Flood, the blue-haired speller 19, asked first for the language of origin, then for the spelling.

"I hope I don't have to give that to you," Dr. Bailly replied.

He didn't. Oona spelled "xiphias" correctly, then walked away, her arms raised in victory.

Snap it out

Sophia Han, speller 17, held her forehead and snapped her fingers as she asked Dr. Bailly so say her word, "vermicide," five times in a row.

Dr. Bailly did. Sophia snapped along as she spelled it correctly.

Stuck with it

Charles Hamilton Jr., speller 8, wasn't pleased to hear his word, "Wensleydale."

"May I have an easy word, please?" he asked.

"We're kind of locked-in now," Dr. Bailly replied.

He spelled the word, which means a white cheese eaten fresh before curing, correctly.