NYT Spelling Bee Answers and Analysis
The New York Times has announced the finalists for their annual spelling bee. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a contest in which students from around the country compete to see who can spell the most difficult words in a given category.
This year’s contest was in the English language, and the final round was held on Tuesday night. Here are some of the answers and analyses from that round.
What is the NYT Spelling Bee?
The New York Times Spelling Bee began in 1938 and is now in its 104th year. Contestants are typically students in the 10th or 11th grade, and the finals take place on Lincoln Memorial Day. There are three rounds of competition: regional, semifinal, and final.
- The regional round is open to spellers from all over the United States, while the semifinal and final rounds are limited to spellers from one region (East, Southeast, North Central, etc.) or one city (New York City).
- In each round of competition, spellers are given a list of words with irregular plurals and must produce an acceptable spelling for each word. The lists for regional competitions are predetermined by the Times staff; the lists for city-based competitions are culled from user submissions.
- In addition to the regular spelling bee questions (for example: how do you spell “apartment”), some rounds require contestants to complete a special task (like providing a definition for a word).
- The winner of the annual contest receives $10,000 and publication on the Times website. Previous winners include Jon Leibowitz (2004), Ananya Vinayagam (2007), Vineet Saxena (2008), Monica Fang (2009), Yoni Appelbaum (2010), Shriya Saran (2011), Mads Mikkelsen (2012), Austin Wang (2013) and Joey Lee(2014).
How does the Competition Work?
The New York Times’ annual spelling bee is an endurance test of grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. The competition begins with a preliminary round in which spellers compete for a spot in the main event.
During the main event, spellers compete against each other in rounds until one person is able to correctly spell all of the words in a given round. The final round is a two-hour-long timed competition where spellers must correctly spell as many words as possible.
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Who won the 2017 competition?
The 2017 National Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 133rd edition of the competition featured a field of spellers from around the country who competed for the title of “National Champion.”
Here are the Final Results:
- 1st Place: Ananya Vinayakraman (Texas)
- 2nd Place: Madhuri Shivashankara (Minnesota)
- 3rd Place: Aiden O’Neill (Massachusetts)
What Changes Were Made for This Year’s Competition?
For the 2017 spelling bee, many changes were made to increase competition and make the event more exciting for fans.
The biggest change was that instead of two hours of deliberation, this year’s competition lasted three hours. This allowed more contestants to qualify for the final rounds.
- Another change was that words were chosen based on how often they are misspelled. This is in contrast to the past where words were chosen based on how difficult they are to spell. For example, last year’s word was “gleet” which is spelled “leet” but is rarely misspelled.
- This year, the word was “glitter” which is spelled “Glaister” but is much more commonly misspelled. This change was made in order to make it more challenging for contestants and make them work harder than ever before.
- Last but not least, there was a new category added this year called Junior Word Spelling Bee. This category is designed for children aged 8-11 who have already learned how to spell some of their ABCs but not all of them yet. This category allows children to compete against one another and see who can spell the most difficult words.
The Top 10 Spellers of The 2017 Competition
In 2017, 8-year-olds from all over the United States competed in the National Spelling Bee. This event is not only a test of spelling skills but also vocabulary knowledge.
There are several different ways to calculate the top 10 spellers of the 2017 competition. The most common way is to look at how many spellings a person got right, without considering how those spellings were spelled. (For example, if a person gets “erection” right but spells it “erection,” that person would not be counted as one of the top 10 spellers.)
Here Are the Results According to This Method:
1. Michaela Bradshaw from Maryland
2. Matthew Lang from New Jersey
3. Cameron Brown from Texas
4. Noah Daniels from Illinois
5. Ayla Brown from Maryland
6. Julia Milinovich from California
7. Asher Schwartzfrom New York
8. Hailey Welshfrom North Carolina 9. John Bartlettfrom Georgia10 Rhys Jonesfrom Wales
Who Is In the Running to Win This Year’s Competition?
The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 31st. This year’s competition is expected to be especially contentious as there are many talented young spellers vying for the title. Here is a look at some of the contenders:
1) Ananya Vinod (10 years old, California)
2) Gabriella Demczyk (9 years old, Colorado)
3) Monika Radulovic (8 years old, Maryland)
4) Jairus Aquino (7 years old, Florida)
5) Aaliyah Brown (6 years old, Massachusetts)
6) Sadia Saeed (5 years old, Texas)
7) Kailah Camejo (4 years old, Washington DC).
Why Are Some Words Difficult to Spell?
Some words are more difficult to spell than others. Here are some of the most common words that people struggle with, and why they’re difficult to spell.
Abbreviations: They can be tricky because they often only have one letter, and that letter can be pronounced in multiple ways. For example, Acronym is pronounced ah-kruh-nuhm, but it’s spelled with a k instead of a c in most cases.
Suffixes: These are words that end in -ion or -action. For example, Resources (steps) is one word, but there is also a word Resources (septs), which has an -action at the end.
Initialisms: These are made up of initial letters spelled separately but pronounced as one word. The most well-known example is NASA (nuh-saam).
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 New York Times Spelling Bee! We hope you enjoyed reading the analysis and answers for this year’s competition.
As usual, we have provided a comprehensive guide with all the information you will need to know about this year’s contestants and their strategies. Be sure to check back in early 2019 for more updates on the 2019 New York Times Spelling Bee!