Mo. spelling bee hits snag, runs out of words

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:01 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri students who went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee aren't quite finished after event organizers ran out of words for the contest.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/NoHizS ) reports 25 students started the championship round Saturday, but only two remained after 19 rounds.

From there, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman of Lee's Summit and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader from Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the national bee, as well as 20 others plucked from the dictionary.

At about 2 p.m. — five hours after the contest started — bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary and instead decided to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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