Thursday, May 28, 2009

National Spelling Bee 2009: Round 9

Julio Cortázar fans rejoice: Ramya Auroprem cold-bloodedly stomps out axolotl.

Note that the top two Illinois spellers remain in this round. Kyle "Laid Back" Mou makes a persuasive case for plaidoyer. Aishwarya Pastapur dances off with goombay

Kennyi Aouad lives up to his build-up by spelling hypallage.

Look for the way the backdrop bee's eyes line up behind Kennyi's head (and possibly the heads of other contestants: Mickey Mouse ears!

Kavya Shavishankar gets baignoire—a bete noire for me but not for her!

Anamika Veeramani prevails over arrhostia and saves herself from extinction.

Tim Ruiter byssinosis, which has an unending definition and doesn't put an end to him.

All seven spellers survive this round.

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