Spelling competition organisers run out of words after two smart contestants exhaust entire word list

After 19 rounds in a Missouri county’s (USA) annual spelling bee over the weekend, only two of the 25 contestants who started the competition remained.

Talk about being “at a loss for words!”

Several hours and 47 rounds later, an 11-year-old and her 13-year-old adversary had used up all of the available words, forcing organizers of the Jackson County Spelling Bee to temporarily halt the showdown.

Five hours after the contest started, bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary. They decided instead to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.

The contest will resume March 8 at an undetermined library site.

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