National Spelling Bee launches fantasy-style mobile app

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fans of the Scripps National Spelling Bee will have a new way to follow the tongue-twisting action this year.

The bee has launched a mobile app that will allow people to follow a group of spellers and earn points when they advance in the competition. Users can also earn points for correctly predicting words that come up during the bee.

The bee's executive director, Paige Kimble, says the app allows viewers to personalize their Spelling Bee experience in a way similar to fantasy sports.

People who use the app are assigned five spellers at random. However, those who invite others to download the app can also choose their own spellers.

The app is known as Buzzworthy.

The National Spelling Bee starts Tuesday. The championship finals are Thursday evening.

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