Do you have what it takes to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee?
Each of the words in this quiz was a championship-winning word in the last 15 years. (The real championship spellers, of course, do not have the advantage of multiple choice. Also, they are children.) Where possible, the audio was taken from the spelling bee footage itself; in cases where it was not, we used clips from the dictionary or an online pronunciation service.
Click the play button on the gifs to hear the words pronounced, and GOOD LUCK.
This word is for the francophiles — and for Ansun Sujoe, who spelled it correctly in the 2014 spelling bee.
It's a Passover treat and also the word that won the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee for Arvind Mahankali.
This word means a trick or a lure, and it won the championship for Snigdha Nandipati in 2012.
This word means "wavy hair," and it won the championship for Sukanya Roy in 2011.
Blame the French for the extra letters. Evan M. O'Dorney won on this word in 2007. It means "a small spring forceps used for approximating the edges of a wound, or for temporarily closing an artery during surgery."
This word means a hypothetically reconstructed language, which makes sense, actually, because that's what the spelling looks like. It won the championship for Kerry Close in 2006.
Maybe this word has extra letters in it because it means "a note of extra embellishment" to musicians. It won the championship for Anurag Kashyap in 2005.
This word, which won the Bee for David Tidmarsh in 2004, means "indigenous."
This word means "indifferent" and was the winning word in 2003 for Sai R. Gunturi.
This word, which means "lukewarm or halfhearted, especially with respect to religion or politics," won Kavya Shivashankar the championship in 2009.
Anamika Veeramani won the national championship with this word, meaning "a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery," in 2010.
This was the winning word for Sameer Mishra in 2008. It means "a reward or recompense."
In an earlier version of this quiz, there wasn't a correct option for number 7. (Clearly, we wouldn't have made the cut.)