OXON HILL, Md. (AP) – The Scripps National Spelling Bee was broken on Thursday night and forced to its knees by eight spellers who were prepared and wise for every word that got in their way were.  With a dwindling list of words and a group of spell-writers showing no weakness, Scripps gave up and declared them co-champions, the most extraordinary ending in the club's 94-year history.
The eight co-champions literally spelled out the last 47 words in their historic take-off victory and went through five consecutive perfect rounds.
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"Champion spell checker, we are now on unfamiliar territory," Bee spokesman Jacques Bailly told them when announcing the decision to allow up to eight winners. "We still have many words on our list, but soon we'll run out of words that may challenge you, the most phenomenal collection of super-spellchecks in the history of this contest."
He did not lie. After that, the bee held three more rounds, and nobody missed a word or seemed to fight back at all.
The winners, who called themselves "Octo Champion", were: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja.