April 5th, 2009

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[norwescon] Help me out with the Sci-Fi Spelling Bee?

Dear LJ Hivemind --

I'm looking for a little help with an event I'm running at Norwescon 32, called "The Sci-Fi Spelling Bee". What I'll be doing is holding an authentic spelling bee using words from Science Fiction and Fantasy works (books, movies, television, etc). The Science Fiction Spelling Bee will be Thursday night (April 9) from 11 PM to midnight.

The Sci-Fi Spelling Bee is similar in spirit to the Broadway musical "Putnam County Spelling Bee". In that musical, set at a spelling bee, the definitions and example sentences are witty and funny and usually no help at all to the speller. You can hear a flavor of this spirit on the "Play Live" section of the Putnam County Spelling Bee website. (And, by the way, if you haven't seen the musical I highly recommend it. It's hilarious!)

Would you like to help me with words, definitions, and example sentences for the Spelling Bee. I have a bunch, but the more the merrier!

I've given some examples from my current list behind the cut. Note that I also added the "language and work of origin". If you have any ideas for words, definitions, and sentences, feel free to put them in a comment to this post. Obscure words are great, funny definitions and non-helpful sentences are marvelous.

As thanks for your help, I will first list all contributors in the program and announce word/sentence/definition contributors during the contest. I also want to give away works by the contributors (edited, written, etc) as prizes in the Spelling Bee. If you're going to be at Norwescon 32 and have a copy of your work you'd like to give me, that would be great! Otherwise, I'm very happy to go to the dealers room and purchase whatever I can find.

Thanks again for any help you are able to give. And if you're at Norwescon 32, come on by the Bee! Again, it's going to be from Thursday April 9, from 11PM to midnight, in the Cascade 5 room.

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(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 01:47 That was a late night! #
  • 12:46 #puzzles Sunday: jumble = 2:53 (!); NYT xword = 31:22 (bogged down in a corner, needed one hint) #
  • 12:47 paying bills, doing Norwescon reading; then dinner and Stanford v UConn in Women's NCAA. Go Cardinal! #
  • 16:04 it's time to head out, for shopping and dinner and a game! #
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well, *that* was a wipeout

(Re: NCAA Women's Final Four Semifinal Match)

UConn controlled the game from the start. Too much speed, too much quickness. Stanford threw the ball away waaaaaay too many times and never got any offensive rebounds. Jayne Appel was about the only offense they had the whole game

At the start of the second half, when Stanford turned the ball over twice and UConn scored twice to make an 18 point lead, I said "It's over." I suspected as much at halftime, but the second half start sealed it for me. I still watched it to the bitter end, cause I always root for my school, but that was tough.

I fully expect UConn will win the whole thing. That was a good, *good* team.

Oh well. Maybe next year if Stanford can find a good, quick point guard (calling Candace Wiggins, please come back) they can make it back to the Final Four. We'll see...