San Diego County spelling bee nearly left wordless

Published on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 19:49 - Written by

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Hay had no words for what was about to happen.

And that's sort of important when you're running a spelling bee.

Hay was the bee master Tuesday at The 45th Annual U-T San Diego Countywide Spelling Bee, which was halfway through its tense, two-student final round when Hay realized he was about to run out of spelling words.

Hay says it hasn't happened in his 33 years as master. His 500-word supply is usually plenty, but the 92 middle-schoolers exhausted them, from "macaroni" to "obnubilate."

He had to call a recess and scrounge up some spare words to finish.

Allison Grygar won by correctly spelling "prostrate" and "gurgle" when her opponent botched "scrimmage."

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She'll compete in May's Scripps National Spelling Bee, where presumably words will be plentiful.

Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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