MEGHANA GIRI OF ALABAMA, COME ON DOWN! You are the first speller up to the microphone in today's Round 2, and your word is glahz-nost. (And you are correct!)
There are two preliminary rounds today in which all 281 spellers will face the microphone, Dr. Jacques Bailly, and the cameras of ESPN3 online (in both "play along" and more aggressively chyroned versions). Spellers receive 3 points for each word spelled correctly today; add that number to yesterday's written round score, and the top up-to-50 spellers advance to the semifinals tomorrow. Get dinged today, and you're out.
You can follow along in a few places (in addition to here): the Bee website, and a few places on Twitter worth noting: @ScrippsBee, @JGWhiteAP, and hashtag #SpellingBee.
8:15 am First two misspelled words are sih-no-SHOOR and KAH-mih-sahr.
9:12 am 91/96 so far, including of the Yiddish and Afrikaans words you've come to know and have ambiguous feelings about over the years.
9:45 am Halftime. 132/140 correct so far.
10:45 am As she did in 2011, Iram Kingson of Marietta, Ohio, receives realschule in this round. (And gets it right.) 192/204 correct.
11:40 am Round complete; 266/281 advancing. This round had everything: Yiddish foods, words from Bobby Brown songs, former Communist terms, a voortrekker ...