ROUND THREE: And we are back.
1:45p: Since when did Foley (as in "Foley artist") become a word? Beefalo?
2:25p: Nine errors so far; we're still in the "yeah, if you're going to win this competition, these words are in your bailiwick" part of the competition. A little less foodie than normal (just Gouda so far), and these kids are handling it well.
2:32p: Krypton! Gothamite! I detect a theme.
3:09p: 114 correct, 14 errors in the first half. It's gonna be a brutal cutdown later today.
3:39p: Speller 161 steps to the microphone, asks his mom to relax. Cute. Then he misspells the word, spi-ruh-LEE-nuh. Ouch.
3:47p: Speller 177 asks if he can refer to Bossy-But-Cute Dr. Jacque Bailly as "Doc Jacque." (He declines.) When you disrespect the Spelling Gods like that, the ding surely follows on muh-FIHT-ICK. (Foul-smelling.)
4:20p: A few of the oh, come on! words of this round: Wordsworthian, Kodiak, usurper, Francophone, Gothamite, fisticuffs, tupelo.
5:10p: 223 spellers remain at the end of round three. Semifinalists to be announced soon.