In the Nocturnalist column by Sarah Maslin Nir: Spellbound in Brooklyn.
The Williamsburg Spelling Bee kicked off its first bee of the new season this Monday. Despite a brief but sloppy downpour, we filled up before 7:30 and had to turn people away. I didn't realize the NYT was in attendance until the bee was over, and all the sudden there was a woman with a notepad.
Some words from this week's bee:
1st place: Wilson Southerland
2nd place: David Zheng
3rd place: John (whose last name I neglected to ascertain!)
All three finalists qualify for the December 6th Finals. (John, email me and I'll update this!)
Come back Monday, August 30 for your next shot. (Arrive early! Signup begins at 7, and we take the first 18 people).