The Scripps National Spelling Bee is down to 11 finalists, many of whom flash their knowledge onstage by asking questions even though they know the answers. At times spellers can identify roots so thoroughly that they show how the word is put together before they begin to spell. And sometimes they intentionally ask about roots that they don't believe are part of a word, because the “no” answer can be just as helpful. Scott Remer coaches six of this year's finalists and says it's important for spellers to ask any question that might be useful. The remaining spellers will compete Thursday night for a trophy and more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

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