The National Spelling Bee is canceled — so Post Opinions held its own

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  • Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been cancelled for the first time since World War II. In a tribute to the students who lost the chance to compete, Post columnists and editors Christine Emba, Fred Hiatt, Ruth Marcus, Dana Milbank, Alexandra Petri, Molly Roberts and Erik Wemple assembled via Zoom to face off against one another and 2015 national bee co-champion Vanya Shivashankar in an orthographic showdown. The Bee’s official pronouncer, Jacques Bailly, hosts. Read more: SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription: $29 for one year

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