Can I Buy a Vowel?

See the consternation on the faces of this year's Bee contestants.

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Indiana, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Rachael Cundey of Evans, Georgia, reacts after she misspelled a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Jared M. Franz (L) of California, Maryland, tries to spell a word as Surjo Bandyopadhyay (R) of Lusby, Maryland, looks on during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Christopher S. Rupprecht (C) of Chicago waits for his turn during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Surjo Bandyopadhyay of Lusby, Maryland, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Jared M. Franz of California, Maryland, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Thomas Legrande Bates of Driggs, Idaho, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Tommy Foster of Tampa, Florida, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Sonia Ann Schlesinger of Tokyo, Japan, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Owayne Rodney of Clarendon, Jamaica, scratches his head as he tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Devora Klionsky of Chicago, tries to spell a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - JUNE 03: Bianca Yasmen James (L) of Lafayette, Louisiana, celebrates after she successfully spelled a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Spellers participated in the annual competition to become the best spelling bee of the year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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