THE 2007 DOMINIC ERRAZO AWARD: For the third straight year, we are proud to announce the winner of the Dominic Errazo Award, named in honor of the speller each year who progresses the farthest with the shortest, easiest words. In Mr. Errazo's case in 2005, it was ennui, junco, emetic and chinook to take him well into Thursday. Last year, Lawrence Chiao's "grimace" in Round 3 made him an easy winner.
For 2007, Selena Roper of Annapolis, MD can already claim the prize. She's now into Round 6 having spelled primitive, requisite, oleic and now -- during a round that's otherwise been a bloodbath -- bee-ALL-ee, which any resident of the BOS-NY-PHL-DC-plex knows is like bagel, but different, and if you didn't know it from that basis, well, you know it from The Producers, as in, "-stock and Bloom". Congratulations, and good luck.