PARAVANE…OR PERIVANE?

It's not often you see judges at Scripps entertain a speller's protest, and even rarer to see a speller reinstated. I've personally - live - only seen it happen twice. In 1988, a speller from Detroit named Robin Covey received the word kyphosis. Mishearing it as "typhosis" (not an actual word), he misspelled it as he had heard it. However, Robin successfully protested. The judges agreed that he had misheard it, and they had failed to correct him. Alas, he immediately missed his next word: enchytrae. (Still, that earned him…

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