The Courier-Mail

Spellers tie bee again


OXON HILL: The US National Spelling Bee has been tied for a second straight year with Vanya Shivashank­ar and Gokul Venkatacha­lam winners. The bee had not ended in a tie for 52 years, until last year.

Vanya’s final word was “scherensch­nitte”, a German word for the art of paper cutting. After being told he would be co-champion if he got the next word right, Gokul did not even ask for a definition before spelling “nunatak”, an Inuit word referring to a mountain surrounded by glacial ice.

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