Thanks to Heather for hosting Round 4. I'm happy to be your host for Round 5 of the Bee; I participated in my one and only Bee in 1991, and witnessed one of the all-time great final duels, won by Joanne Lagatta.
13 boys, 19 girls remain. Let's get it on!
Esther Park starts us off with "foliocellosis". And she spells out, sadly.
Next up is Brandon Whitehead. His word is "trompillo", and he's yet another casualty. Two up, two down.
Now spelling: Jeremiah Cortez, with "pyroligneous". He survives to spell in Round 6.
Anvita Mishra gets "conjunto". She's safe as houses with that word.
Canada's lone representative will be next, as we take a commercial break. An interesting link from the comments, courtesy of Shonda Rimes: you can watch the Bee's greatest moments here, at the Huffington Post.
Laura Newcomb, of Toronto, gets "nematodiasis". She'll live to spell in Round 6. Next up, Brian King, the sole survivor from Colorado Springs, CO, home to Pikes' Peak. Unfortunately, he goes down with "caprifig".
29 spellers remain, as Grace Remmer of St. Augustine, FL spell. She spells "brachydactylous" correctly. We're still at 29 as we take another commercial break.
We're back. Boys have won 8 of the last 10 Bees, but the girls have a 44-41 edge all time. Julia Denniss of Dunwoody, GA is spelling. Will she survive? Her word is "intercolline"...and she's good to go.
"Genioglossal" nearly trips up a speller, but he's good to go. "Borborygmus" gets guessed at correctly by Gina Lu, who'll live on to spell in Round 6. "Bayesian" trips up the next speller, however.
A witty request by Sonia Schlesinger, whose birthday it is today - she asks for a gift of an easy word. Her word is "lorimer"...and sadly, she will not celebrate by winning the Bee.
"Fazenda" takes out Emily Keaton. We're down to 26 spellers remaining as we break for commercials.
Lanson Tang of Bethesda, MD is our speller as we come back to the Bee. "Gaminerie" doesn't prove to be a hurdle for him. Anja Beth Swoap of Edina, MN is next. She's gone, having spelled "icteritious" incorrectly.
Emma Johanningsmeier spells out on "dysautonomia". Her dad's response is poignant as the bell rings - he pumps his fist in regret. Emma's followed by the dynastic Hannah Evans - between Hannah and her brother Matt, they've been here seven times. Tragically, "lassi" isn't her drink of choice.
Now spelling: the ebullient Neetu Chandak. "Paravane" is her word - and sadly, she won't be moving on. She receives a standing ovation as she departs the stage. As we break for more commercials, we have 22 spellers left.
Arvind Mahankali is up. At 10 years of age, he's one of the youngest spellers remaning. "Metarteriole" is a struggle, but one he manages to overcome.
Anamika Veeramani is up, representing Cleveland, OH. While more spellers from Ohio have won the Bee than from any other state (8 in total), none have won since 1962. She's the highest returning finisher, having finished fifth last year. She name checks LeBron James in her intro video.
Her word is "mirin" - a sweet Japanese cooking wine. She'll be toasting her success, as she'll move on to Round 6. George Jose follows her - he's the oldest remaining speller. That said, he won't follow her to Round 6 - he misspells "Aufgabe". 21 spellers remain, as we take a break.
Joanna Ye is our speller as we return. She's stunned to find out that she's spelled "leguleian" correctly. Sukanya Roy follows her. She hopes to study international relations - Sukanya, if you read this, allow me to recommend the University of Denver.
However, she's not so fortunate with "hyleg". The stars aren't in her favor, there.
And now - Julianna Canabal Rodriguez of Puerto Rico. Gotta say, her word's kind of a gimme: she gets not just a Spanish word, but a traditional Puerto Rican delicacy in "bacalao". Say it with me: Si! Se! Puede! By the way, if Julianna manages to win, she would be only the second Puerto Rican to win the Bee. We go to break...
And we're back, with Sean Calhoun. "Siffleur" isn't his cup of tea, and the dreaded bell tolls for him. Aditya Chenudupaty breezily spells "genethliac". He tied for 12th in '09, and he's still in it.
Sarah Allen blew away her word last time; not so much this time, as she's much more deliberate in her approach. "Meperidine" is too much for her as a rookie speller - she just started in February of this year. She's the latest to fall in this round.
Just 17 spellers are left as we go to yet another commercial break.
WOW. Neetu's back! The judges reinstate her, based on an ambiguity in the word she received. Her mom protested the judges original decision, and they decided to overturn that decision and give Neetu another shot.
After that, the speller from Wisconsin spells "Bundestag". And we wrap up Round 5 with that. We're back up to 18 spellers with that turn of events.