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LIST: 25 words that stumped contestants at First Coast Spelling Bee

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One word -- “methodically”-- earned speller Saachi Sharma the regional crown at the 74th annual First Coast Spelling Bee.

But there were 25 words that were incorrectly spelled that year, knocking out the other contestants from the 14 counties represented.

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Here are all the words that stumped contestants at the First Coast Spelling Bee:

  • Cleanser
  • Mathematics
  • Capricorn
  • Contraband
  • Loam
  • Renovate
  • Sitzmark
  • Aria
  • Graffiti
  • Flotilla
  • Pangolin
  • Tamale
  • Virtuoso
  • Bolero
  • Cavalry
  • Pasteurize
  • Babka
  • Lokshen
  • Kibei
  • Meiji
  • Shuffleboard
  • Distillation
  • Tidiness
  • Versatile
  • Boreal

In Round 9, the word “graupel” was also spelled wrong, but the contestant was not eliminated because the word was mispronounced.


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