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'National Spelling Bee': I bee weepin'

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If you missed last night’s airing of my favorite national sporting event of the year — The EW Scripps National Spelling Bee — you missed an amusingly high concentration of cheese-related selections (like Round 11’s Caerphilly), the emergence of a budding entertainment superstar with a concentration on incredulous faces (Indiana eighth grader Kennyi Aouad), and a tensely undulating sea of ill-fitting khaki. Watch 13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas win it all on Laodicean, below.

Kavya totally knew that last word right away, but I love how all the kidsinsist on asking five extra questions anyway. Favorite staller:finalist Tim Ruiter, whose repeated “What does it mean?” inquiries really could have applied to so much more than the crazy spelling word. What does it all mean, Tim? We spend our lives never finding out.

Scribbling invisible words on one’s hand has not proven an effective blogging mechanism for me this morning, which is not to say I would mind watching Michael Slezak do this all day as a bizarre form of office-appropriate spa therapy. (N-O M-O-R-E I-D-O-L-!)

Did anyone watch the Spelling Bee and not cry at the end? Explain yourself!

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