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Transatlantic Spelling Bee


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A spelling match between members of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and Oxford University
This broadcast is an extension of an idea that has been very popular with American listeners. Each compere in turn sets a difficult word to the other team, and their first player tries to spell it. If he fails a buzzer sounds, the player loses a 'life', and the word is given to the next man, and so on down the side. As soon as a player spells the word correctly, his compere puts the next question to the other side.
Each player is allowed thirty seconds in which to answer, and has two ' lives The winners are the team with most lives left at the end.
The Teams :
Harvard College
1 Arthur Racine, Modern languages - Swimming - Tennis
2 Arthur Cantor, History - Literature - Debating - Tennis
3 Malcolm Perkins , Second year in Law School
4 Robert Amory, Second year in Law - School - Trial Eights
5 S.E. Turetzky, Psychology - Swimming
6 Arnold W.G. Kean, Law School - British Commonwealth Fellowship Fund, Cambridge, Radcliffe College
7 Elaine Fraser , Captain Class Swimming Team - Majoring in Psychology
8 Norma Nasmyth, Soloist (singer) - Dramatics - Majoring Sociology

Oxford University
1 Prince Obolensky, Brasenose - Rugby Blue and International
2 Conrad Cherry, Brasenose - Captain of Boats
3 John Irwin , Princeton and Balliol - Rhodes Scholar
4 The Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Scholar of Balliol
5 John Witty, Exeter-President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society
6 Peter Wood, Christ Church - President of the Bullingdon
7 Penelope Knox , Scholar of Somerville
8 Miranda Tallents - Lady Margaret Hall
Conducted by Paul Wing (U.S.A.) and Thomas Woodrooffe (England)
(Arranged in co-operation with the National Broadcasting Company of America)


Unknown: Malcolm Perkins
Unknown: Robert Amory
Unknown: Elaine Fraser
Soloist: Norma Nasmyth
Unknown: John Irwin
Unknown: Peter Wood
Unknown: Christ Church-Presi
Unknown: Penelope Knox
Unknown: Miranda Tallents
Unknown: Lady Margaret Hall
Conducted By: Paul Wing
Unknown: Thomas Woodrooffe

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