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Spelling bee kids will have to know definitions

Change is meant to broaden grasp of the language

WASHINGTON — What does it all mean?

That’s the question facing spelling whizzes across the country, who learned Tuesday that they will have to know the definitions of some of the those tough words they’ve been memorizing in the dictionary. For the first time, multiple-choice vocabulary tests will be added to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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