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Hard Spell is coming to BBC One


Here are the frequently asked questions on Hard Spell. If you still have queries, don't be shy, drop us a line and we will reply!

1. What is Hard Spell?
Hard Spell is the UK's first ever national spelling competition. It's a series on BBC One and a website (and there's now a celebrity version; Star Spell). The words are aimed at 11-14 year olds, but if you're younger or older you can still test your spelling skills here.

2. What dictionary is used to verify spelling?
Hard Spell uses the Oxford Dictionary of English - Second Edition (ODE) as the definitive and final verification source of all the words and will continue to use this dictionary throughout the competition. Only the Standard English spelling of words will be accepted. We will not accept ANY U.S. variant spellings.

3. What is the purpose of the web game?
Hard Spell is going to find Britain's best young speller, so a web game is a cool way for you to test your own spelling and find out how you rate against other players.

4. Are there different words chosen in every game I play?
Words will be randomly generated from over 1000 different possible combinations. So no two games should ever be the same.

5. Is the game similar to the TV show and will it improve my spelling?
The format is a bit different but both use a vast variety of words and test your spelling under the pressure of the clock count down. Play the game regularly and your spelling should improve.

5. Who won the first series?
Last year's Hard Spell winner was thirteen-year-old Gayathri Kumar from Lancashire. Gayathri and her family went on a fab holiday and her school received £5,000 of media kit.



Play it now. Start spelling and you will not stop...


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