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Word Whiz Kids Tap Memory Tricks at Spelling Bee

Spelling savants traced letters onto their palms or gazed at the ceiling on Wednesday while racking their brains in hopes of advancing to the next level of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The field shrunk considerably throughout the day, from 490 down to 50 finalists who are competing for the $50,000 cash jackpot. Some competitors wiped away tears after leaving the stage, while others took their defeat in stride. “I bid you adieu,” said Eleanor Tallman, 14, from Flower Mound,...

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