I was a bee again this year, after missing last year due to previous commitments, and it was grand.
On the down side, we lost; on the up side, we only lost by 1/2 a second. Literally.
There are three rounds with five words in each round. The Word Nerds and our arch nemesis the Queen Bees came through the preliminaries with 100% accuracy. Indeed.
|Katherine, our "Captain, my captain" (centre) watches the results tensely while |
Jane and I (in the background) are a little bit calmer.
The playoff round included three words, and I can only remember the first one because both teams got it wrong: mnemonic. What sort of word, that means a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something doesn't have its own mnemonic???!!! Only two of the eight at our table had a clue (I was one - ha) but got the first two letters backward.
|Betty Selin (local morning radio host and Spelling Bee MC) and |
Wendy Aasen (Junction Literacy head honcho).
That meant we had a word scramble tie-breaker: first person on either team to figure out the scrambled word was to jump up with the answer. I was 1/2 a second behind someone from the Queen Bees. *insert big groan*
"What were the words?" you ask. Fairly reasonable ones, sez I.
Warm up (no points): poinsettia, Ucluelet (a community on Vancouver Island), braggadocious
Round 1: debilitate, borscht, vermilion, thesaurus, mahogany
Round 2: logarithm, prerogative, deferment, psoriasi, etymology
Round 3: disingenuous, intermittent, dinkum, asphyxiate, dilemma
Play off: mnemonic and two others I forget
Good thing it's a team sport!