Adult Spelling Bee
Friday, April 18, 2014 (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
This April, the Program in the Humanities and Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill will hold their fourth Adult Spelling Bee. We will build on a successful partnership with the Dirty South Comedy Theater, so come to see just how much fun we can get away with!
Part variety show, part serious inquiry into the public’s orthography skills, and mostly just a fun time, this event will be the first of many events mixing entertainment with just a modicum of scholarly endeavor. Anyone can take part and teams are welcome.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live music and a cash bar, contest starts at 7:00. If you would like to compete in the bee, please sign up using this form. Remaining open spots will be filled by random drawing at the venue, but be sure to arrive before 7 if you’d like a chance to compete!
All attendees are welcome to participate as individuals or as part of a team, and all contestants will be drawn by lot (with the exception of the reigning champion) should more than 15 people pre-register. There will be two types of contests: one traditional individual competition, and relaxed team competitions (spelling, word games, and other forms) between the individual rounds. Since we’re all adults, we will be starting with difficult words and progressing to impossible words!
- Interested competitors must place their name in the drawing immediately upon payment of entrance fee
- Fifteen competitors will be announced 6:45 pm
- No electronic devices may be brought to the stage
- Contest is single-error elimination
- Contestants will have approximately one minute with each word, of which 30 seconds is timed
- The judge will read the word, give its definition, then use it in a sentence
- Once the judge finishes, the timer will put 30 seconds on the clock
- During this time, the contestant may ask the judges for derivation (language of origin/etymology)
- If contestants are in the middle of spelling at the end of 30 seconds, they will be allowed to finish at judge’s discretion
- Failure to start spelling at the end of 30 seconds will lead to elimination.
- Last person standing is the winner
- Prizes will be awarded to all contestants, with a grand prize going to the champion
- Judges may not know what they’re doing…but they’re getting better
Team Competitions (subject to change)
- Teams of up to 5 competitors (but no fewer than 3) will be allowed
- Teams must place their names in the drawing for teams upon payment of entrance fee
- Teams will compete in a variety of contests (subject to change)
- Spell one word letter-by-letter cycling through individual team members (no cooperating!)
- Word challenges (lists of words with shared characteristics, “Boggle,” and other games)
Have a word you’d like to challenge us with? Bring words with definitions, correct spelling, and your name and submit them on the cards provided upon entry. These words will be checked for spelling by judges and may be used in some team competitions.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Be prepared to show identification.
Our spelling bees employ a tongue-in-cheek philosophy: you have been warned not to take this too seriously!
If you have questions please write Dr. Max Owre, Interim Director, at email@example.com.