NitePics: Inside the Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete's Candy Store

Can you spell awesome? Wine, beer, and ridiculously long words were on tap during the Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete's Candy Store on Monday night.

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Wine, beer, and ridiculously long words were on tap during the Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete's Candy Store on Monday night. Above, Annecy Liddell considers the spelling of a word we could not pronounce, much less spell for purposes of this caption.
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There was no shortage of support for the resident spellers. Most were not strangers to the Bee, which held every other Monday at Pete's and open to anyone who thinks they can spell bondieuserie (just Google it).
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Crossword puzzle writer David Ellis Dickerson gave it his best shot and made it to the final round of last night's competition.
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The first 18 folks to show get to compete. Think you can spell gyroceracone after a couple cocktails?
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Spelling vet Carolyn D'Aquila placed third.
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The Bee works on a three-strikes-you're-out system. Javier hit his third strike in the final round.
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Comedian Jennifer Dziura and Bee founder Bobby Blue, right, kept the rowdy spelling nerds in line.
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In the final round contestants were given 10 seconds to spell words like phrontistery and probouleutic.
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Wilson Southerland (guns and all) took second place.
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Ben Kusmin was last night's big winner. The top three finishers got free booze and/or food.
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Not to worry. All contestants got a cookie.
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