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Definitions in play at Spelling Bee

Updated: April 9, 2013, 1:00 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Ever wonder if those spelling bee kids know the meanings of some of those big words? Now they'll have to prove that they do.

Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday announced a major change to the format, adding multiple-choice vocabulary tests to the annual competition that crowns the English language's spelling champ.

The changes make it easier to nail down the nine to 12 competitors who make it to the final round, which will look the same ...

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