Thursday, June 01, 2006

'Samir is down!'

This from the Throwing Things live-blogging of the spelling bee:
Watching Samir work to spell "eremacusis" is like watching a true artist. I forgive all and regret all things said about his Hollywood polish. In the end, at his heart, he's a speller. He has hands over his face, squeezing his forehead tightly, desperately trying to figure out this word. He asks for bonus time...





Here are the 13 spellers who remain for prime time tonight:

Jonathan Horton (Arizona, second time in the finals)
Finola Hackett (two-time Canadian champion)
Allion Salvador (Florida, second time)
Theodore Yuan (Chicago, second time)
Kavya Shivashankar (Kansas, first time)
Rajiv Tarigopoula (St. Louis, fourth time)
Katharine Close (New Jersey, fifth time)
Michael Christie (New York, second time)
Saryn Hooks (North Carolina, third time)
Matthew Giese (Ohio, second time)
Charley Allegar (Pennsylvania, third time)
Caitlin Campbell (Amarillo, Texas, second time)
Nidharshan Anandasivam (Brownsville, Texas, fourth time)

UPDATE: Katharine Close wins on ursprache.


At 10:13 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

I should have mentioned that one of the bloggers on that site is the creator of "Grey's Anatomy."

At 4:17 PM, June 03, 2006, Anonymous doris said...

According to my friend at Scripps, which has an internal pool on who will prevail, the spelling list wasn't proofed this year, so close watchers of the live finale got to see the (eventual) third-place finisher reinstated after being dinged out.

Also, the winner was in her fifth -- and final -- shot at the title and is a competitive speller.

At 10:42 PM, June 03, 2006, Anonymous doris said...

Also, on a spelling-related note, am I the only one who is really aggravated by the commercial in which a girl is prompted to spell "aardvark," and she haltingly gives a false start of "A-R..."?

In my day, you didn't get any do-overs, hallucinated talking shredded wheat square or no. But maybe I'm still bitter about losing out after misspelling "jicama." Oh, Mexican potato, how you mock me.

At 8:34 PM, June 04, 2006, Anonymous crankyshopper said...

The winning word didn't make sense to me when I first saw it, because the local newspaper (software) hyphenated it urs-prache. When I finally figured out that it should be "ur" plus "sprache," then the word made sense.


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