Yes, I had to look up all but one word of the headline. Kavya Shivashankar of Kansas took home the $30k and gigantic trophy last night in a nail-biter in the 16th round of semifinalist play. The other two remaining spellers made errors in round 15, causing a round 16 that required Kavya to spell her word correctly to end the competition (pursuant to the now-famous Rule 12 of the bee). As a side note, the statistics about the entrants are pretty interesting (three nine-year-olds competed!). ‘A list of things thrown five minutes agohas a great blog from the whole contest. Now I feel intellectually inferior and am ordering the biggest, baddest dictionary available from Amazon.com.
SHIVASHANKAR + LAODICEAN = CHAMPION