Samhita Kumar conquered "osphresis" as a state spelling bee champion.
But 'indite' would end her quest Thursday for the national championship.
Samhita, the two-time California Central Spelling Bee winner, left this year's competition Thursday with an honorable showing. She was among 41 competitors to advance to the championship round of the event, held in National Harbor, Md.
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Her undoing Thursday was "indite," a homonym of the more commonly used word "indict."
The elimination rounds continue Thursday. The final round starts at 5:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time on ESPN.