To liven things up in a small English village it was decided to hold a town-wide spelling bee, To everyone's surprise, one of the final two contestants was the village blacksmith; the other -- to no one's surprise -- was the town's most learned barrister. The battle raged well into the night as first one, then the other, correctly spelled each word. Then, at just a few minutes before midnight, the blacksmith faltered while the barrister spelled the final word.
The winning word? Auspice.