The $1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee was started by Justin Rudd in Long Beach, Calif., in 2006. Rudd also hosts the $1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee that began in 2002. Both bees are held annually in Long Beach.
I have always been a fan of competition. As a student I participated in lots of contests -- YMCA sports; art, drama, choral & instrumental competitions; geography & science projects; spelling bees and more. When I first moved to California a few years ago, I auditioned for singing/acting jobs and was fortunate to work in many movies, TV shows and several of Disney's special events around the country. My bulldog and I competed on a TV show, "You Lie Like a Dog" on Animal Planet where we won money for local animal charities.
Spelling is important to me. In my current profession as an event planner, I have to do a lot of writing and reviewing of press releases. Good spelling and grammar are mandatory. When I send and receive e-mail messages, I like to make a good impression by sending documents that have perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation. I don't like to rely on "Spell-Check."
I want students and adults to learn excellent spelling habits. Hence, the creation of this adult spelling bee. The contest is open to the best spellers in high school and older, ages 18+. Hope to see you at the Bee!
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of the 10th annual National Adult Spelling Bee
was Tony Johnson of Newnan, Georgia. After 2 hours and 20 minutes of words on Sun., Mar. 1, 2015, he correctly spelled “curtilage” in Round 24 and “chondroitin" in Round 25 to win. He is donating $500 of his $1,000 winnings to Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org
Second place was Vicki Craig of San Antonio, Texas. She misspelled "serval" in Round 24. Third place was Jim Sherry of Troy, Alabama. Jim misspelled "subfusc" in Round 22. Fourth place went to Jan Stanakis of Huntington Beach, Calif. Fifth place was a tie between Dawn Catlett of Ventura, Calif. and Anne Wright of Long Beach, Calif.
For the adult bee, contestants must be 16 or older. Registrants were from Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Some of the words in the final rounds of the Bee included:
The Bee is hosted annually by Justin Rudd
and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT)
and is held at the Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, Calif.
is the pronouncer each year. She was the champion in the Bee's first year. Judges include Willa Heart
and Sharon Sueki
NATIONAL ADULT SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS
2006 Kate Karp; Long Beach, Calif.
2007 Hal Prince; Palo Alto, Calif.
2008 Janice Davis; Orange, Calif.
2009 Michael Petrina; Arlington, Va.
2010 Anne Wright; Long Beach, Calif.
2011 Janice Davis; Orange, Calif.
2012 Michael Petrina; Arlington, Va.
2013 Jim Sherry; Troy, Ala.
Bernetta Gresko; Long Beach, Calif.
2015 Tony Johnson; Newnan, Ga.
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Enter the 10th-Annual $1,000 National Adult Spelling Bee this Sun., Mar. 1, 2015
Sun., Mar. 1, 2015; 4:30 p.m.
Bay Shore Church concert hall, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach, Calif., 90803 MAP
Just $5 cash at the door to spectate.
WHO MAY ENTER?
Any adult, at least 16 years old, who is a resident or student in the United States. Seniors welcome.
2015 ENTRY FEE
• $5 for low-income, contact Justin@JustinRudd.com, rec'd before Mar. 1
• $10 if rec'd on or before Sun., Feb. 1, 2015
• $20 if rec'd before Sun., Mar. 1, 2015
• $30 if rec'd on Sun., Mar. 1, 2015
• $5 cash/per spectator, at the door
$5 to spectate payable at the event, doors open at 1:15 p.m. for the National Elementary School Spelling Bee (contests on the same day).
$1,000 PRIZE MONEY
The winner will receive $500 and his/her favorite nonprofit organization, school, or place of worship will receive $500.
Kate Karp, 2006 Adult Spelling Bee champ
GUEST PRONOUNCER FOR ROUND 1
Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate, 11th Edition
(note: make sure you understand the RULES, especially Rule 29)
PRACTICE WORDS & ENTRANTS LISTED BELOW
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$1,000 NATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPELLING BEE
SAME DAY Rudd and CAT also host the annual National Elementary School Spelling Bee on Sun., Mar. 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. ELEMENTARY BEE DETAILS
THE WINNER of the 9th-annual National Adult Spelling Bee was Bernetta Gresko, Long Beach, Calif. She lives in the Belmont Shore neighborhood where the Bee took place. She is donating $500 of her $1,000 winnings to National Organization for Rare Disorders. After 2 hours and 10 minutes of words, she correctly spelled “phalanx” in Round 16 and “contumacious” in Round 17 to win.
SECOND PLACE WAS A TIE for Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif., and Anne Wright, Long Beach, Calif. Both are previous winners of this Bee. Davis and Wright got out in Round 16 after misspelling “divagate” and “prevenient,” respectively.
THIRD PLACE went to Lakshmi Gandhasri of San Jose, Calif. She misspelled "costive" in Round 13.
Adult spellers came as far as Texas and Virginia.
The guest pronouncer for Round 1 was Tim Grobaty, columnist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The Bee is hosted annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team.
The final words in this adult bee were:
Congrats to the 2013 National Adult Spelling Bee winner
Jim Sherry from Troy, Alabama. Jim won the $1,000 prize in Round 27 by spelling "quincunx." In the later rounds of the Bee, he also correctly spelled "festinate", “maquette”, kludge” and “moiety.” It was his fourth time traveling to compete in the Bee. He teaches French at Troy University. The charity that he was playing for is Troy University Circle K, and they will receive his prize money.
Top Spellers and Words They Misspelled in 2013
Jim Sherry; Troy, Ala. (no misspellings)
: Bernetta Gresko; Long Beach, Calif., tourbillion
: Dave Lieberman; Anaheim, Calif.; etesian
: Thu-Hương Nguyễn, Long Beach, Calif.; cyrillic
Sheila Patel, San Francisco; chiropteran
Pamela Cisneros, Garden Grove, Calif.; misoneism
Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.; callipygian
: Yasemin Schatz, San Diego, Calif.; sybarite
: Kiri Wagstaff, Monrovia, Calif.; atrabilious
This was the 8th-annual Bee for adults. Last year’s winner was from Virginia.
Second place went to Bernetta Gresko of Long Beach, Calif., after misspelling "tourbillion" in Round 26. She is a retired school teacher. Third place went to Dave Lieberman of Anaheim, Calif. He misspelled "etesian" in Round 14. Fourth place was Thu-Hương Nguyễn of Long Beach, Calif. She misspelled "Cyrillic" in Round 11. Fifth place was a three-way tie between Sheila Patel, San Francisco; Pamela Cisneros, Garden Grove, Calif.; and Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.
Some words in the final rounds:
W-I-N-N-E-R! Congrats to all the great 2012 National Adult Spelling Bee spellers who competed on April 22. Michael Petrina, far left, of Arlington, Va., won $1,000 by correctly spelling "dossier" and "flageolet." Second place was Patricia Knatz, second from left, from Studio City, Calif., after misspelling "limen" in Round 16 of the approx. 2-hour bee. Third place was a tie for Janice Davis, second from right, of Garden Grove, Calif. and Lindsay Harrison, far right, of Chico, Calif.
LAST YEAR 2012 Photos
Virginia's Michael Petrina Wins Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee for 2nd Time
THERE WERE MORE than 30 contestants from across the country that registered for the 7th-annual National Adult Spelling Bee that took place in Long Beach, Calif., on Sun., April 22, 2012. Spellers traveled from as far as Virginia, Alabama and Georgia for this Bee that has a $1,000 prize. The prize money comes from the Long Beach Turkey Trot.
MICHAEL PETRINA of Arlington, Virginia, took home the $1,000 prize at the end of the 17th Round, and is donating half of that to the Alzheimer's Association. He also won this Bee for the first time in 2009. This year's winning words for Michael were dossier and flageolet.
THE SECOND PLACE speller was Patricia Knatz from Studio City, Calif. She misspelled limen in round 16. Some of the words she correctly spelled included rupee, glyptic, lamprey and diurnal.
THIRD PLACE was a tie. The two spellers were Janice Davis of Garden Grove, Calif., and 17-year-old Lindsay Harrison of Chico, Calif. They both got out in Round 14 after incorrectly spelling architrave and golem, respectively..
THE 4TH-PLACE speller was Kiri Wagstaff of Monrovia, Calif. She got out on asceticism in Round 13.
FIFTH PLACE was a four-way tie between Thu-Huong Nguyen of Long Beach, Calif.; Nicholas Kuefler of Decatur, Ga.; Jim Sherry of Troy, Ala.; and Anne Wright of Long Beach, Calif. Words they misspelled were lachrymose, jehu, kachina and levigate, respectively, in Round 11.
MORE THAN 230 WORDS were used in the Bee. The National Adult Spelling Bee was created and is sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT). They also host the annual National Elementary School Spelling Bee each March in Long Beach.
SOME CORRECTLY SPELLED words included cozen, kundalini, skein, and esemplastic.
SOME OTHER MISSPELLED WORDS
included sinecure, gubernatorial, longanimity, millennial, dalliance and egalitarian.
WINNER Michael Petrina - Arlington, VA
2nd Patricia Knatz - Studio City, CA
3rd Janice Davis - Garden Grove, CA
3rd Lindsay Harrison - Chico, CA
4th Kiri Wagstaff - Monrovia, CA
5th Thu-Huong Nguyen - Long Beach, CA
5th Nicholas Kuefler - Decatur, GA
5th Jim Sherry - Troy, AL
5th Anne Wright - Long Beach, CA
6th Anthony Quilon - Long Beach, CA
7th Bonnie Lemke - Cypress, CA
7th Tony Vaca - Cypress, CA
7th Mark Salsgaver - Long Beach, CA
8th Jessica Ferraro - Santa Monica, CA
8th Marc Nitz - Costa Mesa, CA
8th Bernetta Gresko - Long Beach, CA
9th Linda Hernandez - Cerritos, CA
9th Sheila Nem - Long Beach, CA
9th Nancy Reppert - Lakewood, CA
10th Drew Massey - Sherman Oaks, CA
11th Mitch Powell - Santa Ana, CA
11th Roxana (Roxie) Bradley - Albuquerque, NM
11th Vicki Goodman - Long Beach, CA
12th John Szabo - Decatur, GA
12th Thao Nguyen - Cypress, CA
13th Melanie Becerril - Long Beach, CA
13th Karen Palmer - Westminster, CA
14th Moustafa Kharouta - Irvine, CA
NS. Sharlene Wills - Los Angeles, CA
NS. Tracy Tisino - Riverside, CA
NS. Tommasine Tisino - Hawthore, CA
NS. Sheila Patel - San Francisco, CA
Rod Bell - Long Beach, CA
NS. Jason Su - Santa Ana, CA
The National Elementary School Spelling Bee & National Adult Spelling Bee will take place Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, 2-7 p.m., at Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, Calif. The contests will be held back to back this year. Adult bee starts approx. 4:30 p.m. Each winner gets $1,000. Pronouncer is Kate Karp. www.AdultSpellingBee.com MAP
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4CONTESTANT LIST & MISSPELLED WORDS
1. Bernetta Gresko, Long Beach, CA
Lorrain D'Abate, Long Beach, CA
3. Anthony Quilon, Long Beach, CA
4. Vicki Paris Goodman, Long Beach, CA
5. Thao Nguyen, Cypress, CA
4th PLACE TIE
6. Sarah Ko, Artesia, CA
7. LeeAnn Human, Avalon, CA
8. Lisa Lyons, Los Angeles, CA
9. Maxine Abellanosa, Ontario, CA
10. Joyce Miles, Holbrook, AZ
11. Anne Wright, Long Beach, CA 4th PLACE TIE
12. Eugenia Vogel, Lomita, CA
13. Bonnie Lemke, Cypress, CA 5th PLACE
14. Atharva Patil, Irvine, CA
15. Jim Sherry, Troy, AL
16. Thu-Huong Nguyen, Long Beach, CA 3rd PLACE TIE
Annabel Raymond, Los Angles, CA
18. Linda J. Hernandez, Cerritos, CA
Mitch Powell, Santa Ana, CA
20. Janice Davis, Garden Grove, CA WINNER
Angela Orias, San Diego, CA
Joseph Gallucci, North Hollywood, CA
23. Jody Rosen, North Hollywood, CA
24. Kiri Wagstaff, Monrovia, CA 3rd PLACE TIE
25. John Szabo, Decatur, GA
26. Nicholas Kuefler, Decatur, GA 2nd PLACE
Amy Gerns, Topanga, CA
Lindsay Harrison, Chico, CA
Anna Vining, Long Beach, CA
Scot Breithaupt Jr., Los Alamitos, CA
Samantha Foster, Los Angeles, CA
Monique Villa, Long Beach, CA
Greer Wylder, Costa Mesa, CA
34. Evan Dorn, Altadena, CA
35. Jaime Jeldes, Long Beach, CA
Lindsey Wright, Newport Beach, CA
37. Karyss Gonzalez, Long Beach, CA
38. Annabel Raymond, Los Angeles, CA
1. Anne Wright, Long Beach, CA WINNER
2. Lucy Cordova
Vicki Paris Goodman, Long Beach, CA
4. Thao Nguyen, Cypress, CA
Bernetta Gresko, Long Beach, CA
6. Ethan Bradley, Long Beach, CA
Ruth Cone, Pomona, CA
Amy Gerns, Topanga, CA
9. Linda Hernandez, Cerritos, CA
10. Bonnie Lemke, Cypress, CA
Julia Ly, Tustin, CA
Randy Hilfman, Woodinville, WA
13. Jim Sherry, Troy, AL
14. Mary Sim Fasang, Long Beach, CA
15.Thu-Huong Nguyen, Long Beach, CA
David Riddle, Pacific Grove, CA
Lorraine D'Abate, Long Beach, CA
Nancy Reppert, Long Beach, CA
19. Tony Vaca, Cypress, CA
20. Sharlene Wills, Los Angeles, CA
21. Madonna Cadiz, Los Angeles, CA
22. Drew Massey, Sherman Oaks, CA
23. Janice Davis, Garden Grove, CA
Carol Smith, Irvine, CA
25. Shawndell Clay, San Jose, CA
26. Jessica Ferraro, Santa Monica, CA
27. Kali Woods, Los Angeles, CA
Darcy Leigh Richardson, Long Beach, CA
2009 Spellers & Misspelled Word
1. Mitch Powell, alopecia
2. Sharlene Wills, potpourri
3. David Deutsch, restaurateur
4. Jean Ballantine, tremolo
5. Vicki Paris Goodman, chrysalis
6. Bernetta Gresko, concomitant
7. Anne Wright, abomasum
8. Tulip Mitchell, liqueur
9. Mary Barton, mere
10. Nicole Campbell, cappuccino
11. Dea Smith, prepossessing
12. Adriean Mancillas, pancreas
13. Ruben Mancillas, milieu
14. Michael Petrina WINNER
15. Thu-Huong Nguyen, anthophilous
16. Elizabeth Schoeppner, panoply
17. Josephine Ha, criterion
18. Sandy Nang
19. Lisa Damico, inveigh
20. Nancy Reppert, novocaine
21. Ruth Cone, trichinosis
22. Sharon Kellogg, peevish
23. Victoria Meza
24. Thomas Beharrell, cipher
25. Jessica Ferraro, risorgimento
26. Bonny Chou,
27. Traci Swartz, mannequin
28. Cindy Benes, festoon
29. Dan Wong, carnassial
30. Janice Davis, droshky
31. Nancy Brown, apostrophe
32. Mark Scott, pirouette
33. Amy Vaughn, coliseum
34. Kiri Wagstaff, latkes
35. Carolyn Libuser, transient
36. Amy Gerns, mufti
37. Kris Kahrs, bouillon
38. Alluri Varma
39. Sara Rhodes, pasteurization
40. Andrea Gohlke, avoirdupois
41. Michelle Kim, deuteragonist
42. Joel Bryant, accede
43. Rachel Rosen
44. Lisa Peskay Malmsten, marionette
45. Christine Danella, jacquard
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Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.
Correctly spelled decoupage
. She won $1,000 after 37 rounds! She'll be donating $500 of that to her favorite charity, Set Free Christian Ministries in Orange, Calif.
David Riddle, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Michael Petrina, Arlington, VA
Christy Ewing, Long Beach, Calif.
Vicki Paris Goodman, Long Beach, Calif.
SEE THE COMPLETE 293-WORD LIST IN THE RIGHT COLUMN OF THIS PAGE.
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What's In a Word?
PLENTY, ESPECIALLY when it's the rigors of a traditional spelling bee and one of the participants has the opportunity to walk home with a grand title! Words like extraterrestrial, meringue, fiery and phylum must be spelled and spelled correctly under the watchful eyes and ears of judges.
IF THAT IS NOT CHALLENGING enough for an adult, it must be done while their peers and families, who are also nervously awaiting their opportunity to shine, look on.
The National Adult Spelling Bee is designed to help adults and students in high school and college improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, and develop correct English usage. This contest is sure to have some nail-biting, breath-bating competitors.
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A Few Practice Words
absence, acceptable, accessible, accidentally, acclaim, accommodate, accomplish, accordion, accumulate, achievement, acquaintance, acquit, across, advertisement, aggravate, alleged, amateur, apparent, appearance, argument, atheist, attendance, auxiliary, balloon, barbecue, barbiturate, beggar, beginning, believe, bellwether, biscuit, bouillon, Buddha, camouflage, cantaloupe, category, cemetery, chagrined, changeable, characteristic, changing, chief, cigarette, collectible, colonel, colossal, committee, commitment, committed, comparative, competent, completely, concede, conceive, condemn, condescend, conscience, conscientious, consciousness, consensus, consistent, continuous, controlled, coolly, corollary, convenient, correlate, correspondence, courteous, courtesy, criticize, daiquiri, deceive, defendant, deferred, definite(ly), dependent, descend, desirable, despair, desperate, develop, development, difference, dilemma, disappearance, disappoint, disastrous, discipline, dispensable, dissatisfied, dominant, drunkenness, dumbbell, ecstasy, efficiency, eighth, either, eligible, embarrass(ment), equivalent, exaggerate, exceed, excellence, exhilarate, existence, experience, experiment, explanation, extremely, exuberance, Fahrenheit, fallacious, fallacy, familiar, fascinate, feasible, fictitious, fiery, financially, fluorescent, forcibly, forfeit, formerly, foresee, forty, fourth, fulfill, fundamentally, gauge, grievous, guerrilla, guidance, handkerchief, harass, height, heinous, hemorrhage, heroes, hesitancy, hierarchy, hindrance, hoarse, humorous, hypocrisy, hypocrite, idiosyncrasy, ignorance, imaginary, immediately, implement, incidentally, incredible, independence, independent, indicted, indispensable, inevitable, influential, inoculate, intelligence, intercede, interference, interrupt, irrelevant, irresistible, jealousy, judicial, knowledge, laboratory, legitimate, leisure, length, lenient, liaison, license, lieutenant, likelihood, liquefy, longitude, loneliness, maintenance, manageable, maneuver, medieval, millennium, millionaire, miniature, minuscule, mischievous, misspelled, mortgage, mosquito, mosquitoes, murmur, mysterious, narrative, necessary, necessity, ninety, ninth, noticeable, nowadays, nuisance, occasionally, occurred, occurrence, octopus, omission, omitted, onomatopoeia, opponent, opportunity, oppression, ordinarily, outrageous, overrun, panicky, parallel, parliament, particularly, pastime, pavilion, peaceable, peculiar, penetrate, perceive, performance, permanent, permissible, permitted, perseverance, persistence, physician, picnicking, pigeon, pilgrimage, pitiful, planning, pleasant, portray, possess, possessive, potato, potatoes, practically, prairie, preference, preferred, prejudice, preparation, prescription, prevalent, primitive, privilege, probably, procedure, prominent, pronounce, pronunciation, propaganda, psychology, publicly, puerile, pursue, quandary, quarantine, questionnaire, quizzes, realistically, recede, receipt, receive, recognize, recommend, reference, referred, relevant, relieving, religious, remembrance, reminiscence, repetition, representative, resemblance, reservoir, resistance, rheumatism, rhythm, rhythmical, roommate, sacrilegious, sacrifice, safety, salary, satellite, scary, secede, seize, separate, septuagenarian, sergeant, shepherd, simile, soliloquy, sophomore, souvenir, specifically, specimen, spontaneous, strength, strenuous, stubbornness, subordinate, subpoena, succeed, success, succession, sufficient, supersede, suppress, surprise, susceptible, suspicious, syllable, symmetrical, synonymous, tangible, technical, technique, temperature, tendency, themselves, theories, therefore, thorough, through, tournament, tourniquet, transferred, truly, twelfth, tyranny, unanimous, undoubtedly, unnecessary, vacuum, valuable, vengeance, vigilant, villain, violence, weird, wherever, wholly, yacht
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ADULTS ARE ELIMINATED from the competition after misspelling one word. The rules are fashioned after the National Spelling Bee -- a contest for students up to and including grade eight.
g NATIONAL ADULT SPELLING BEE
1. Any adult, at least 16 years old, who is a resident or student in the United States, may enter and participate.
2. All words listed in Dictionary.com and/or the
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, may be considered for this contest.
3. The entry fee is nonrefundable. Nontransferable.
4. The difficulty for words in the competition will start at a middle school level.
5. The judges are in complete control of the competition, and their decision shall be final on all questions. All rules are subject to modification by the judges and/or the event organizer, Justin Rudd.
6. There is not an official study booklet for this competition.
7. All participants are expected to be signed-in at the event location no later than 30 minutes prior to the announced starting time of the contest.
9. Participants may draw numbers to see who starts first (which presents an element of risk as elimination occurs in order). Or, organizers may pre-assign the numbers.
10. The role of the pronouncer is (1) to correctly pronounce the word and (2) to give a sentence, definition, and other information about the word at the speller's request.
11. The role of the judge(s) is to determine whether the contestant has spelled the word correctly.
12. The role of the speller is (1) to gather as much information as possible to help spell the word correctly and (2) to spell the word correctly.
13. In competition, after the pronouncer gives the speller a word, the speller is encouraged to pronounce the word before spelling it and after spelling it. The judges may not disqualify a speller for failing to pronounce the word either before or after spelling it.
14. The speller may ask the pronouncer to say the word again, define it, use it in a sentence, provide the part of speech, and/or provide the language of origin. The pronouncer shall grant all such requests until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. The pronouncer and judges will not entertain root word questions.
15. The judges may disqualify any speller who ignores a request to start spelling.
16. The judges may not disqualify a speller for asking a question.
17. Having started to spell a word, a speller may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning. In retracing, however, there can be no change of letters or their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters or their sequence is changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
18. The competition shall be conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round shall spell one word in the round. Upon missing the spelling of a word, a speller immediately drops out of the competition. The next word on the pronouncer's list is given to the next speller.
19. Under no circumstance is any speller asked to correct the misspelling of another speller.
20. If none of the spellers remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, all shall remain in the competition with the spellers spelling in the original order.
21. All spellers eliminated in the same round will be tied for the same place.
22. During the final rounds of the competition, the judges may choose to allow participants the option of writing the word down on paper before being required to spell it orally.
23. If only one of the spellers remaining in the competition at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, a new round shall begin and the speller shall be given an opportunity to spell the next word on the list. If the speller succeeds in correctly spelling the new word, the speller shall be declared the champion. Otherwise (that is, if the speller does not succeed in correctly spelling the new word), all the spellers remaining in the competition at the start of the previous round shall remain in the competition. A new round will begin, with these spellers spelling in the original order.
- The champion is not the champion until he or she has spelled correctly two more words than the speller or spellers placing second have spelled. These two words will be spelled consecutively only if the champion is the last speller in a round.
- It is possible in two instances to have a round in which only one word is spelled. The first instance of a one-word round is the correct spelling of the final championship word. The second instance of a one-word round is the misspelling of what could have been the final championship word.
24. Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the designated official immediately in writing on the official appeal form that will be provided at the competition. The official appeal form will contain space for the following: the word in question, the name of the speller, and the reason for the appeal.
25. The judges will not entertain appeals from individuals seeking to dislodge another speller from the competition. The deadline for filing an appeal is before the speller affected would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the competition. No appeal will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller.
26. When only five or fewer spellers remain, an oral appeal must be made immediately, that is, before the speller affected would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the contest.
27. If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which word is to be spelled. If the listed word is not properly identified, either by defining it or distinguishing the homonyms, any correct spelling of any homonym of the word will be accepted.
28. The speller shall not be disqualified for failing to note that a word is capitalized (noted as "cap," "usu cap," "often cap," or "sometimes cap."
29. The dictionary provided by the judges shall serve as the final authority for the spelling of words. If more than one spelling is listed for a word, any of these spellings will be accepted as correct if the word either matches the pronunciation and definition provided by the pronouncer or if it is clearly identified as being a standard variant of the word that the speller has been asked to spell. Spellings at other locations having archaic, obsolete, or regional labels (such as North, Midland, Irish, British) that are different from those at the main entry will not be accepted as correct.
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Partial Word List
2008 NATIONAL ADULT SPELLING BEE