Friday, October 7, 2005

Spelling Bee Rejects Get Their Second Chance In Adulthood

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re still bitter about not winning the fifth grade spelling bee, there’s a chance for redemption.

It’s called the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which takes place every other Monday at a Brooklyn bar called Pete’s Candy Store, and, luckily, says host Jen Dziura, “We have a three strikes you’re out rule. Our spelling bee is much kinder.”

And boozier. Co-host bobbyblue (sic) – who came up with the idea for the adult spell-fest – says after watching the spelling bee documentary Spellbound, he thought, “How great if you were to take adults and alcohol and mix that together” with spelling.

The hosts admit the contestants have a couple drinks between rounds, but because they’re seriously competing, they do their best to stay clearheaded.

As they should, because each round gets progressively harder, with prizes like a $25 bar tab or a panini at stake.

Although Dziura had two mojitos during the last bee, she insists she’s never made a mistake in judging, saying, “I’m the word person. Bobby is actually not a good speller.”

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee Final is Oct. 17.

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