The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


Physically — In respect to the body. “It was physically impossible for the campers to hike another mile.”

Sullen — Ill-humoredly unsociable: gloomily or resentfully silent. “When her name was called, Judy looked up in sullen resentment.”

Curiosity — A desire to know. “The locked box aroused immense curiosity in Maxine.”

Monsoon — A periodic wind especially in the Indian Ocean and in southern Asia. “The monsoon brought thunderstorms that blanketed the city with a dust cloud and then flooding rains.”

Infuriated — Enraged, maddened. “The traffic jam infuriated those drivers with little or no patience.”

Deters — Turns aside, discourages, or prevents from acting by fear or consideration of dangerous circumstances. “Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable.”

Stellar — Of, relating to, or derived from the stars. “Rapid stellar rotation can modify the structure of a star’s atmosphere.”

Pollutant — Any substance that makes the air or water impure or unclean. “Ethylene gas is a pollutant associated with industrial manufacturing and automobile exhaust.”

Norwegian — Of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway. “Paul bought a pound of Norwegian smoked salmon.”

Delinquent — A transgressor against duty or law. “The police referred to Harold as a delinquent when he was found on the street after curfew.”

Furtive — Done by stealth: secret. “Wendy’s furtive attempt to sneak a cookie was interrupted by the appearance of her little brother.”

Diffuser — A device to distribute the light from a concentrated source uniformly. “To replace the burnt-out bulb, Adam had to remove the diffuser from the light.”

Binoculars — A handheld optical instrument composed of two telescopes and a focusing device and usually having prisms to increase magnifying ability. “Binoculars have proved to be a great boon to bird-watching.”

Stethoscope — An instrument used for the detection and study of sounds within the body. “Heard through a stethoscope, the rumbling of the stomach can sound like a storm at sea.”

Filibuster — The use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative assembly. “The Senate effectively killed the bill with a filibuster.”

Excise — Any of various taxes on privileges (as of engaging in a particular trade or sport) that are often assessed in the form of a license or other fee. “An excise is included in the cost of a fishing license.”

Constabulary — A body of policemen (as of a particular town, district, country). “The local constabulary was out in force at the Halloween celebration.”

Keenly — In a manner characterized by intense interest. “The cat watched keenly as the nuthatches came and went from the birdfeeder.”

Bewildering — Causing one to lose one’s bearings. “The town’s maze of interconnected streets was bewildering even to its own inhabitants.”

Extinguish — Cause (as a fire or light) to cease burning. “Procedure dictated that Lenny extinguish his car’s headlights before approaching the guardhouse.”

Saga — An episodic story centering about a usually heroic figure of earlier ages. “Rubin traced the motif to a 13th century Icelandic saga.”

Geologist — A specialist in the history of the earth and its life especially as recorded in rocks. “The geologist conducted a survey of the rock masses and mineral resources of the area.”

Prompter — One who reminds actors during a performance of the words to be spoken next. “In addition to helping with lines, the prompter indicated when the players should start singing.”

Scentless — Emitting no odor. “Gerald prefers scentless soap.”

Burly — Strongly built: stout, sturdy. “The director chose Harry for the part of the construction worker because of his burly appearance.”

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