GOOD MORNING, VICTOR SUTTON: And welcome to round 5. 49 spellers remain; two rounds of spelling today before the second, and final test-based cut.
The Bee has published the semifinalists' scores; those who aren't in the top twelve here do not control their destiny, but need others above them to err. Sigh.
10:20am: gla-SWEEJ-uhn, gla-SWEE-jee-uhn, oh, I am a sucker for adjectival forms of places. 4/6 so far.
10:37am: And the Jamaican goes down! 10/14 through so far, but, again, anyone not on the front page of the scoreboard likely isn't advancing no matter what.
10:40am: Vanya gets ... consomme? Really? (And after pistachio and balletomane.) The Dominic Errazo Award is very much in play here.
11:11am: Marsha helps us track the scoreboard in livetime.
11:51am: I cannot complain more loudly as to how much publishing the rankings table robs these rounds of suspense, as we know who the no-hope kids are. (And, for what it's worth, they're the ones who are erring this round.) I hope this is a one-year experiment, never to be repeated.