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Friday, June 4

David Tidmarsh
David Tidmarsh won with

David Tidmarsh Beats Fainting Indian in Spelling Bee (competition words)
Eighth-grader David Tidmarsh won when he spelled "autochthonous", an
adjective used to describe indigenous flora or fauna. Tidmarsh hid behind his
placard during the championship rounds and openly wept tears of joy when
spelling the winning word.

Eventual runner-up Akshay Buddiga fainted when asked to spell "alopecoid"
before recovering and spelling the word correctly. His older brother won the
competition in 2002.

Ten million children competed in spelling bees across the US this year. 265
finalists made it to Washington DC for the national competition.

Spell the Toughest Sports Names
I got 3 of 10 correct.