OYEZ, OYEZ! IT'S ALL OVER: Congratulations to David Scott Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, your 2004 National Spelling Bee champion.
Buttressed by getting "kiwi" and "phalanx" as his first two words, Tidmarsh confidently worked his way through the rest of the competition while others fell by the wayside, though he was hyperventilating through the final word, A-U-T-O-C-H-T-H-O-N-O-U-S. For his victory, he wins $12,000, an encyclopedia and other booty, plus which, speaking of booty, he should be a very popular young man at the afterparty tonight. Can you spell 'prophylactic'?
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