Puzzle and game competitions

FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo, Simone Kaplan, of Davie, Fla., hugs her mother, Alana, as she walks offstage after reaching the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants in 2020, as organizers are reducing the number of wild-card entrants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 10, 2019 - 9:06 am
The Scripps National Spelling Bee will have fewer participants next year. Whether it will have fewer champions remains to be seen. Six months after the bee ended in an unprecedented eight-way tie because organizers ran out of words that were difficult enough to trip up the best spellers, Scripps on...
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Workers dismantle signage for an NBA fan event scheduled to be held on Wednesday night at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo)
October 08, 2019 - 7:44 am
TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses to get swept into a controversy over how to handle China's censorship efforts. Video games maker Activision Blizzard said Tuesday it kicked a Hong Kong esports pro out of a tournament and seized his prize money after he...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Ben Sidgwick wrings out his mop on Center Court at the All England Club at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Wimbledon was first played in 1877 and is the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
June 26, 2019 - 10:39 am
How well do you know Wimbledon, where play begins Monday? Give this quiz a try: ___ 1st Round: How many women won at least one of the first 18 WTA tournaments this season? a.) 8 b.) 12 c.) 16 d.) 18 ___ 2nd Round: Tiebreakers will be played at the All England Club in the third sets of women's...
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Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, celebrates after becoming one of eight co-champions in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. The spelling bee ended in unprecedented 8-way championship tie after organizers ran out of challenging words. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 31, 2019 - 5:51 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee suffered a body blow when eight kids ended up co-champions because they were simply too accomplished to stumble over any of the words Scripps threw at them. That doesn't mean it's irretrievably broken. Even some critics who thought the words...
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Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, celebrates after becoming one of eight co-champions in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Friday, May 31, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. The spelling bee ended in unprecedented 8-way championship tie after organizers ran out of challenging words. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 31, 2019 - 5:44 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The future of the Scripps National Spelling Bee may appear bleak after eight kids were declared co-champions because bee organizers ran out of difficult words. But the ex-spellers and personal coaches who helped crack the code of the bee are optimistic the competition can...
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The co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., and Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., celebrate in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2019 - 2:11 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — There were warning signs throughout a marathon day of spelling that this Scripps National Spelling Bee would not conclude like any other in the event's 94-year history. Rishik Gandharsi sensed it as he stepped to the microphone for the ninth round of Thursday night's prime-...
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The eight co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, hold the trophy at the end of the competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2019 - 4:49 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the National Spelling Bee (all times local): 12:07 p.m. Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy. In the most...
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The co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., and Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., celebrate in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2019 - 1:53 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee was broken Thursday night, brought to its knees by eight spellers who were too poised, too prepared and too savvy for any word thrown their way. Faced with a dwindling word list and a group of spellers that showed no weakness, Scripps gave up...
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The eight co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, hold the trophy at the end of the competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2019 - 12:59 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the National Spelling Bee (all times local): 12:07 p.m. Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy. In the most...
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The eight co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, hold the trophy at the end of the competition in Oxon Hill, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 31, 2019 - 12:37 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the National Spelling Bee (all times local): 12:07 p.m. Eight spellers were better than the dictionary. They were better than anything the Scripps National Spelling Bee could throw at them. And they all ended up with a hand on the trophy. In the most...
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