Spelling Bee

Simon Cox reports from America's annual Spelling Bee, a competition to find the nation's best junior speller.

Ten million kids entered, but only 250 winners of regional heats take part in the final in Washington DC.

Over the two day contest, hot-housed students, tutored by determined parents, duel over words such as succedaneum and xysti.

All to win $12 000, and be crowned America's best speller live on television

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Simon Cox reports from America's annual Spelling Bee, a competition to find the nation's best junior speller.

Ten million kids entered, but only 250 winners of regional heats take part in the final in Washington DC.

Over the two day contest, hot-housed students, tutored by determined parents, duel over words such as succedaneum and xysti.

All to win $12 000, and be crowned America's best speller live on television