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"Geitonogamy," "akaryote," "coadjutor," and "akropodion" were all words that competitors had to spell yesterday.
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"Geitonogamy," "akaryote," "coadjutor," and "akropodion" were all words that competitors had to spell yesterday.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee wraps up today in Oxon—that's O-X-O-N, mind you—Hill, Maryland.

Forty-two young spellers are advancing to the semifinals of the competition this afternoon; 281 started on Tuesday. They passed through yesterday's onstage rounds and a computer test that included a vocabulary section for the first time in the bee's history.

Among the words that competitors had to spell correctly were "geitonogamy," "akaryote," "coadjutor," and "akropodion."

A first prize of $30,000 is on the line, but there have been a few moments of levity this week.

One speller chose to sing her letters rather than say them, and another asked a pronouncer Jacques Bailly to draw a picture of his word—entourage. Bailly admitted he was not that good at drawing.

The semi-finals begin at 2 p.m., and the finals follow tonight at 8.

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