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T-W-O W-I-N-N-E-R-S: Spelling Bee crowns co-champs for first time in 52 years

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat — the Scripps National Spelling Bee has it all, plus the joy that comes from watching delightful little nerdburgers blow everyone away with their uncanny ability to sound out works like “avellaneous” (a synonym of “hazel”) and “ptyalagogue” (“a drug or other agent that increases the flow of saliva;” can you spell “ew”?).

And naturally, this year’s Bee wasn’t short on memorable moments — especially at the end, when 14-year-old eighth grader Sriram Hathwar and 13-year-old seventh grader Ansun Sujoe became the event’s first co-champions in 52 years. (Previously, the Bee has ended in ties in 1962, 1957, and 1950.) READ FULL STORY

Red alert: Shonda Rhimes is live-blogging the National Spelling Bee

Shonda Rhimes is a woman of many talents. When she’s not busy running her production company, the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator is known for her ability to craft some of television’s greatest characters. She is also responsible for adding “Mc” nicknames and “Gladiator” to our everyday vocabulary.

Oh, and she’s live-blogging the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Like, right now.

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Spelling Bee King Arvind Mahankali is smarter than all of us

With a small, infinitely cool smile, Arvind Mahankali, 13, correctly spelled “knaidel”– a dumpling, basically — to win the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Mahankali finished third in both 2011 and 2012, but this year, he defeated 280 other spellers to become champion. After the field was culled to 11, another remaining speller incorrectly spelled “cyanophycean” — we feel you, bro — and Mahankali had to spell two words correctly, first “tokonoma” then “knaidel.” He gets a banging trophy, $30,000, and all the confetti his heart could desire.

Watch the moment here:

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