Now being held at 6 p.m. in the middle school library, the registration fee is $100 for teams of three. There is a $2 admission fee for audience members.
The bee consists of four rounds — easy, intermediate, difficult and challenging. For the first three rounds, teams can bribe their judge to let them stay on to the next round for $10 — after all, this is about raising money for cancer research, not necessarily being the best speller on the block (mostly, anyways).
Teams will write their answers down for judging, spelling each word of a round. They will also have a lifeline each round, allowing them to call up an audience members for help.
Teams will be eliminated after two misspellings (unless they opt for a bribe, of course).
The atmosphere should be a festive one. Teams are encouraged to pick a theme and dress accordingly. The team with the best costume will be given a prize. Ditto for the team with the best team spirit.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to compete for prizes.
In addition to the bribes and lifelines, teams will also be given a word list for each round upon registration. Participants would be wise to study up: the easy round will be no gimmie, and the challenging round features the likes of complaisant (showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others), ptomaine (a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use) and propitiatory (intended to reconcile or appease).
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third-place teams. The champion will be given a trophy to be kept until next year’s bee.
For registration information, call Vicki Likens at the middle school at 522-2210, extension 3309.