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Head judge Kaite Stover, second from right, informs the Sophia Hoffman, second from left, and her family that her misspelling of the word "stifling" in the 28th round of the Jackson County Spelling Bee was confirmed.

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Kansas City-area spelling bee finally ends

A marathon spelling bee between two Kansas City-area students who exhausted the initial word list last month ended after 29 more rounds Saturday when the eventual runner-up stumbled over the word "stifling."

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