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Scripps vocabulary quiz: Don't be pertinacious, take the test!

April 10, 2013|By Amy Hubbard

Are you smarter than a Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant?  In a new twist on an already challenging contest, spelling bee whiz kids will be expected not only to spell words but also to know what they mean. 

Corrigible. Indocile. Intestate. 

Those are just a few of the examples the competition's directors have included on a sample test. To qualify for the semifinal and championship rounds of the contest -- to be held May 28-30 in Oxon Hill, Md. -- kids will be judged on live spelling, computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions.

This isn't some twisted attempt to give smart kids ulcers, either.  "All  of this enhances the child's knowledge of the English language," said Paige Kimble, director of the competition.

See how well you do on the Scripps quiz, below. Tens of thousands of L.A. Times readers have risen to the challenge.  Let us know how you do in the comments below.

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