Hairy Word Ends This Year's National Spelling Bee

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee ran late tonight when the last five contestants spelled 21 consecutive words without a miss. Finally, each botched a word, leaving only 14-year-old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Roy took home $40,000 in cash and prizes after correctly spelling cymotrichous, which means having wavy hair. "I went through the dictionary once or twice," she said, "and I guess some of the words really stuck."

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As far as winning words go, that's not a particularly tricky one. It's pretty intuitive and based in common root words!

Nevertheless, well done, Ms. Roy!