Each definition matches a winning word in the
National Spelling Bee.
The flavortext indicates the encoding used in the puzzle:
StudentOne: WONderful! Just what we needed! Another riot in New Ginza.
StudentTwo: Shock guards. Plasma fields. This is asiNINE. How's a
person supposed to get to school?
StudentOne: It's SICK...Simply sick. The agitators never learn.
StudentTwo: IF I'VE got to hire a hovercab because of these
idiots...ack! Blasted bolshevik bastards. Guess I'll just do a little
studying while I'm waiting.
WON NINE SICKS FIVE = 1965.
Each of the definitions below has a
number embedded in the definition:
- 10 - CompeTENt, but inexplicable, dextrous method
- 4 - Adjective expressing sorrow, lament, or comFORt
- 4 - After being cropped, FORcing up new shoots
- 8 - Act of anticipATing
- 8 - TrAIT of heroic self-denial or -discipline
- 4 - Sleep disorder FORmally characterized by recurring somnolence
- 10 - InTENding blasphemy; profane
- 10 - With little care; lacking atTENtion; indifferent
- 8 - Supplies or equipment of an operATing army
- 8 - Abundant, vigorous, accelerATEd growth
- 8 - A racing sled capable of greAT speed
- 10 - Compose or perfect conTENt, especially literary works, by laborious endeavor
- 4 - Maneuver in FOReign or political affairs
- 8 - A medical treatment of demonstrATEd utility
- 2 - Plant atTUned to life in an aquatic environment
- 8 - Comprehensible; capable of being understood; illustrATive
- 8 - A grammar construction incorporATing a single word used in both
literal and non-literal senses
Taking the nth letter of each definition spells "BEE THE BEST
SPELLER". "Spelling bee" is also clued by the three B's in "Blasted
The winning words defined are:
Reading down the first letters of the defined words results in "Kerpan
spelled this"; Michael Kerpan Jr. from Tulsa, Oklahoma won the Bee in
1965 with the word ECZEMA, the answer to the puzzle.