Word games

Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly as she competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2019 - 7:44 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The kids were just too good. The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster's Unabridged dictionary for words challenging enough to narrow the field efficiently. It started routinely enough, with 10...
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Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly as she competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2019 - 7:28 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The kids were just too good. The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster's Unabridged dictionary for words challenging enough to narrow the field efficiently. It started routinely enough, with 10...
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Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., reacts after spelling her word correctly as she competes in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 30, 2019 - 4:15 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The kids were just too good. The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster's Unabridged dictionary for words challenging enough to narrow the field efficiently. It started routinely enough, with 10...
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Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., competes in the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 30, 2019 - 10:14 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee have begun, with 50 kids on stage competing for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes and a new, custom-designed trophy. This year's bee had the biggest field ever, with 562 spellers, more than half of whom got in through Scripps...
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Akash Vukoti, 9, of San Angelo, Texas, competes in the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 28, 2019 - 5:56 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Akash Vukoti is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third time at age 9. It's just one of his many star turns. He's coming off an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" and has also been featured on "Little Big Shots." While at the bee, he's...
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Nihar Janga, 14, of Austin, Texas, reacts with a prayer after winning the National Geographic GeoBee, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at National Geographic in Washington. Janga is also a past co-winner of the National Spelling Bee, in 2016, when he won in a tie at eleven-years-old. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 22, 2019 - 9:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed during a competition at the National Geographic...
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Nihar Janga, 14, of Austin, Texas, reacts with a prayer after winning the National Geographic GeoBee, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at National Geographic in Washington. Janga is also a past co-winner of the National Spelling Bee, in 2016, when he won in a tie at eleven-years-old. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 22, 2019 - 9:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, has taken top honors in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed Wednesday during a competition at the National Geographic...
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In this combination of photos, students compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on May 29-30, 2018. The contestants are, top row, from left: Isaac Phillips, from Ponchatoula, La., Brody Dicks, from Park City, Utah, and Natalia Lutz, from Huntington Station, N.Y.; middle row, from left: Shiva Yeshlur, from Rock Springs, Wyo., Sophia Clark, from White Marsh, Md., and Nicholas Lee, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; bottom row, from left: Eleanor Tallman, Shria Halkoda, from Wadsworth, Ill., and Isabel Messina, from Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 01, 2018 - 10:36 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer...
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In this combination of photos, students compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on May 29-30, 2018. The contestants are, top row, from left: Isaac Phillips, from Ponchatoula, La., Brody Dicks, from Park City, Utah, and Natalia Lutz, from Huntington Station, N.Y.; middle row, from left: Shiva Yeshlur, from Rock Springs, Wyo., Sophia Clark, from White Marsh, Md., and Nicholas Lee, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; bottom row, from left: Eleanor Tallman, Shria Halkoda, from Wadsworth, Ill., and Isabel Messina, from Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 01, 2018 - 6:58 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer...
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Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, is presented with the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy by Adam Symson, president and CEO, E.W. Scripps Company, after he won the bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
June 01, 2018 - 1:26 am
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn't the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer...
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