SHIVASHANKAR + LAODICEAN = CHAMPION

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.

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