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  • I know the Donmar management were keen to have a critic participate in the spelling-bee on the grounds that the press makes up a quarter of the first-night audience.

    Michael Billington on reviewers who join in the play

  • But unlike the recent spate of competition-based documentaries, including "Spellbound," about young spelling-bee contestants, Mr. Levy didn't use those performance scenes to pump up the drama.

    Jumbo Jerseyite Shows His Metal

  • Inside "Maphead," Mr. Jennings offers a dozen breezy chapters, each a survey of an obsessive subculture: e.g., antique map dealers who strike secret deals; scavenger hunters who seek "geocaches" by following Internet-posted coordinates; globetrotters who try to visit every country on the planet; geography-bee students who can name the highest mountain in Morocco but grumble that their spelling-bee rivals receive more acclaim.

    Lost in a Good Atlas

  • Though Indian-Americans make up a mere 1% of the population, they have come to dominate the American spelling-bee circuit.

    Winning Bees Spells Glory for Indian Kids on the Ethnic Circuit

  • George Plimpton appears as a corrupt spelling-bee emcee in episode 303 ofThe Simpsons, 2003. 77

    Innocence and Experience

  • But even conservative friends now label the period after Quayle's spelling-bee stumble in a Trenton, N.J., elementary school on June 15 as "AP": After Potatoe.

    How Quayle Stayed On The Ticket-Campaign '

  • It was the perfect fantasy come true-the first time since the days of spelling-bee competitions that I'd been recognized for anything constructive in school.

    Makes Me Wanna Holler

  • They scour state newspapers for names of spelling-bee winners and honor-roll students, who receive congratulatory letters from the senior senator.

    Strom Thurmond: Home On The Hill--Or Over It?

  • The spelling-bee doc "Spellbound" set the standard in 2002.


  • It's been compared to "Spellbound" the spelling-bee movie, not the Hitchcock film and "Mad Hot Ballroom", because it's about young people, and the drive to succeed against difficult obstacles.

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