Word games

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 file photo, the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy sits in front of competitors in Oxon Hill, Md. On Friday, March 20, 2020, organizers announced the annual event won’t be held as scheduled because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
March 20, 2020 - 1:24 pm
The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus, meaning years of preparation by some of the country's top spellers could go for naught. Scripps cited state and federal recommendations against large gatherings Friday as it canceled plans to hold the...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, image from video posted on Douyin, a popular Chinese social media platform, Wei Zikai's family plays badminton in the living room of their home in Wuhan, China. Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. (Douyin user Wei Zikai via AP)
January 29, 2020 - 4:08 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. A couple from Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong province, recreated a...
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In this Saturday, 9, 2019, photo, Suraya Shaheedi, 26, Tattoo artist, left, pierced tattoo to a male customer in Kabul, Afghanistan. It’s been 18 months since Shaheedi started her mobile tattoo shop in the capital, Kabul. She’s received death threats for taking on the taboo of the ink-on-skin drawings she does — as well as being a single woman willing to work with men.. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
December 16, 2019 - 12:58 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A female tattoo artist, a rarity in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, is taking a big risk with every customer she takes on. It’s been 18 months since Suraya Shaheedi started her mobile tattoo shop in the capital, Kabul. She’s received death threats for taking on the taboo...
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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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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Operation made by Hasbro is displayed shelves in the expanded toy section at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The toy maker expects said Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that all its packaging for new products to be virtually plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that’s usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 20, 2019 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot. The toy maker says all packaging for its new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that's usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board...
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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, kneels on the ice after being hit in the face by the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
June 04, 2019 - 1:28 pm
BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says Zdeno Chara will be checked out in Boston to see whether he will be able to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Chara took a deflected puck off his face in the second period of Game 4 on Monday night, which the St. Louis Blues won 3-...
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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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