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You Won’t Believe the Questions These Kids Ask the Judges at the Spelling Bee!


The Scripps National Spelling Bee brings together kids from across the country that can somehow spell words that most of us have never heard or used in our lifetime. It also brings an element of entertainment that could only come from a perfect storm of intellect and awkwardness in young kids.

There’s this classic example where a contestant was given the word “numnah” and mistook it for “numbnut.” Or the time a contestant channeled his inner Napoleon Dynamite, asking “Do chickens have large talons?”

This year saw a couple of spellers slyly trying to improve their chances with a strategy of favorable requests for the judges.

First up was 12-year-old Charles Hamilton Jr.:

It doesn’t hurt to ask, right? One 12-year-old in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was willing to give it a try.

“May I have an easy word, please?” Charles Hamilton Jr. asked at the bee.

It was worth a shot, but the word Charles was given wasn’t all that easy. It was Wensleydale — a type of cheese.

In the end, Charles didn’t need the help anyway — he spelled it perfectly.

Quite the slick question from Mr. Hamilton. Not to be outdone however, was Oona Flood, who took the request a step further mere minutes later.

The Spelling Bee has managed to capture our fascination, growing in popularity over the years. As these participants have shown, it provides plenty of humorous moments as well.

We leave you with a short clip of the Bee’s greatest hits.