The Scripps National Spelling Bee Released A Crossword Puzzle – Can You Solve It?

Are you fond of crossword puzzles? If you are, then you might be interested in the interactive crossword puzzle that was developed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The puzzle was created as a way for people to engage and test both their spelling and vocabulary skills.

What better time to flex these skills than during a global pandemic? As it is, this year the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2021 was held partially virtually, where 209 spellers came together to compete in the first three qualifying rounds.

Photo: flickr/Scripps National Spelling Bee

Once the 11 finalists were selected – ranging in age from 10 to 14 – the competition was moved to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort which is close to Orlando, Florida. There, it was broadcast on ESPN2.

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Besides the half-virtual format of this year, the Spelling Bee also had a new category brought in which was the word meaning component. This challenge was meant to fuel a focus on both word knowledge and literacy.

Photo: flickr/Scripps National Spelling Bee

While vocabulary questions have been incorporated in the past through written tests, this is the first time that a word meaning component has made it to the finals.

But ahead of the finals, the crossword puzzle was released to the public and it included some Bee study words. The puzzle was developed by New York Times crossword contributor Chandi Deitmer.


It was entitled, “Around the World.” Really, anyone can go to the Bee website and take a turn trying to complete it. There are 80 clues and answers, so plenty to keep you busy.

Would you attempt the crossword puzzle? Are you good at crossword puzzles? Let us know!

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