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How to Watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Look, it’s no secret that we right here at The New York Times like phrases, video games and, sure, phrase video games. Not solely have we lined spelling bees for practically 150 years, we’ve additionally expanded our Games part past crossword puzzles to anagram honeycombs and five-letter phrase hunts.

Tonight is the 94th Scripps National Spelling Bee, and we’ll be protecting it stay right here as 12 college students face a menagerie of dictionary monsters: colossal nouns with diphthong hearts, adjectives of unknown origin and phrases dotted with treacherous schwas.

The finalists have made it farther than tons of of others — spellers defeated by phrases like leucovorin, sirtaki, wirrah and palombino, amongst others. And like final year, when Zaila Avant-garde cruised her manner to historical past as the Bee’s first Black American champion, the finalists additionally face an on-camera vocabulary quiz that may take a look at their information of phrase that means.

For the first time since 2019, when eight college students shared the championship in a tie, the Bee is again totally in particular person, simply outdoors Washington in National Harbor, Md.

The contenders for the $50,000 prize vary from 11 to 14 years previous, and embody college students from Texas, Colorado, Florida, Washington State, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Arizona.

To truly take part in the National Spelling Bee, you’d want to meet Scripps’s requirements — particularly that you’re, in actual fact, an everyday child.

The guidelines stipulate, amongst different circumstances, that contestants should not have reached the age of 15 on or earlier than Aug. 31, 2021; that they’ll’t have handed past the eighth grade and that they need to attend a college that’s enrolled with the Bee program.

But should you’re simply attempting to spell alongside and decide definitions, issues are extra easy. During the finals, contestants will face rounds of spelling and vocabulary till a champion or co-champions are declared. A speller is eradicated with only one misplaced letter or incorrect answer.

During the spelling rounds, every speller has two minutes per flip. The particular person studying the phrases, referred to as the pronouncer, can answer requests to repeat a phrase and provides its definition, a part of speech, language of origin and alternate pronunciation, if it has any. He may also use it in an instance sentence.

If there’s nonetheless no champion late in the broadcast, we attain a “spell-off.” In this state of affairs, every speller has 90 seconds, separated from rivals, to spell phrases off an inventory.

The speller who will get the most phrases right in these 90 seconds wins — until there’s a tie, by which case the high scorers win collectively.

OK, OK, you’ve scrolled down far sufficient. The closing spherical begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time. It will likely be broadcast — however not on ESPN, the competitors’s house for years.

Instead it’ll air on ION and Bounce, two Scripps networks, with LeVar Burton internet hosting. Those networks are extensively out there with an antennae, a sensible TV or a wide range of suppliers like Spectrum or Verizon FiOS. With a ZIP Code and a supplier, Scripps can direct you to the ION specific channel in your space.

If you’d like to attempt your hand at another spelling video games, you may play a Times model of the basic quiz, the anagram problem referred to as Spelling Bee or the five-letter phrase hunt often called Wordle.

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