WASHINGTON — She came close, but Seneca Falls speller Neetu Chandak won’t be returning to the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday Chandak was eliminated from the competition when she misspelled the word “apogalacteum” by substituting an “i” for the “e.”

The chance to spell that word followed a roller-coaster turn of events. At about 12:45 p.m. it appeared that Chandak was out of the bee after she misspelled the word “paravane.”

But she was later called to return to the stage because of some confusion during her questioning of the judges about the word’s elements.

Chandak, who was among 48 spellers in the bee’s semifinals, spelled her first word of the day correctly — “sederunt.”

For complete coverage of Chandak’s efforts, see Sunday’s Finger Lakes Times.

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