Co-Champs Crowned in Scripps Spelling Bee

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Two boys were crowned the champions of the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee tonight. It's the first time there's been co-winners since 1962.

Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., each took home the $30,000 prize in a tense final round where they ran through the entire 25-word spelling list without making a mistake.

Sujoe spelled the word F-E-U-I-L-L-E-T-O-N to win. It's a section of a European newspaper meant to entertain the general reader.

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And as in past years, the smart kids who won spelled a word most people have never heard of, let alone know how to pronounce.

Last year, it was the word K-N-A-I-D-E-L. Somehow, Arvind Mahankali knew how to spell the Yiddish term for the dumpling that many people spend most of their lives knowing as a matzo ball.

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PHOTO: Matzo-Balls soup

In 2012, Snigdha Nandipati correctly spelled G-U-E-T-A-P-E-N-S, a noun referring to an "ambush, snare, trap."

Let's try it in a sentence: Kim Kardashian's wedding guests drove into a guetapens of photographers waiting outside Versailles.

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PHOTO: Guests arrivals at the 'Chateau de Versailes' ahead Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's pre-wedding dinner on May 23, 2014, in Versailles, France.

In 2011, C-Y-M-O-T-R-I-C-H-O-U-S was the winning word.

Sukanya Roy expertly spelled the word the adjective that describes someone with wavy hair.

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PHOTO: Tallia Storm attends the annual fundraiser in aid of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Battersea Power station, May 2, 2013, in London.

In 2010, Anamika Veeramani expertly spelled S-T-R-O-M-U-H-R -- never mind the fact that she and most Americans outside of the medical world had ever used one.

The definition of stromuhr: a device "to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery."

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PHOTO: Rheometer Anton Paar model MCR is seen here, April 26, 2004.

Kavya Shivashanka became the queen of the bee in 2009 when she spelled L-A-O-D-I-C-E-A-N. The word means" a person with a halfhearted attitude toward religion or politics."

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PHOTO: Larry David attends the premiere of "Fed Up" at Pacfic Design Center, May 8, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif.

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