ROUND 12: Six spellers remain at 10:12 pm.
10:21: And just like that, we are down to four.
10:24pm: We will be seeing that Shourov mic drop on Mogollon for the next decade of Bee coverage. Thank goodness. That took some serious confidence.
10:30pm: These kids actually deserve a commercial break now. Hope it's not the last -- part of the torture of the past few years is that after a certain point it became unrelenting endurance. This is more humane. Four spellers still for Round 14.
10:45pm: Ouch, Shourov. The VSO and I are having a discussion over the fairness of employing words derived from literature (and trademarks, for that matter). My argument remains as it's long been: the Bee can't be completely fair as long as each kid's facing different words, so whether a word can be reasoned out from roots, or not, is irrelevant at this stage. All we can know is who does best in a particular night with his or her words -- that's not the same as who's the Best Speller in the abstract.
10:51pm: Siddur at this hour seems bizarrely easy. How did that get into the CWL?
11:03pm: Ananya's getting harder words consistently. Chittarino for Rohan? I'd have had that just via chittara, in pasta.
11:20pm: Tchefuncte and cheiropompholyx are as hard a pair as I've ever seen in a tournament. Wow.
11:27pm: CONGRATULATIONS ANANYA!