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  • Bee-witched and Bee-wildered

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Jeff Blitz's documentary, "Spellbound," Harry Altman grimaces and fidgets at the 1999 National Spelling Bee. The Jewish sixth-grader has been asked to spell "banns," which refers to a Christian marriage notice. He's never heard of it.

    "Banns, banns, banns," he whispers into the...