Big turnout for the Big Spell

More than 1,800 pupils from across the island gathered at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre yesterday for the biggest Big Spell ever. Filling exhibition halls the size of about eight basketball courts, the participants in the prelim
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More than 1,800 pupils from across the island gathered at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre yesterday for the biggest Big Spell ever

Filling exhibition halls the size of about eight basketball courts, the participants in the preliminary round of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship had to spell 50 words.

The top 20 or so spellers in each zone - north, south, east and west - will be selected for the next round. Yesterday's round started with easy words such as "leisure" before the pupils were challenged with the likes of "haberdashery" and "guillotine".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 27, 2016, with the headline 'Big turnout for the Big Spell'. Print Edition | Subscribe