2:07 pm: Seven kids down so far out of the first 60 spellers. It's a slightly harder round, but not impossibly so. Still, 200+ kids will spell both words correctly today, and only ~50 of them get to move on to tomorrow.
2:47 pm: Sometimes you get "reconcilable," "discrete," or "dowager"; sometimes you get "mussitation" or "piloncillo." Life ain't fair.
4:06 pm: Blind speller Richelle Zampella of Oklahoma is among the many who've survived this round so far -- again, about a 90% success rate.
4:26 pm: If it's the National Spelling Bee, there must be room for broo-suh-LO-siss, and for me to find a proper Warren Zevon performance for a link.
4:54 pm: Your alternate definitions for "wafflestomper" are welcome.
5:00 pm: 239/281 spellers remain. Announcement of the final < 50 is forthcoming.
5:25 pm: There are 41 semifinalists, who achieved a score of at least 32 out of 36 including the computerized parts. List to come; our pool to open