Well, that was a maelstrom. Here are all of the spellers that are continuing on the finals tomorrow morning. Some of them are familiar names and others are new names, but all of them definitely deserve to be in the finals.
If I could summarize the Round 3 in one sentence it would be:
Dr. Bailly restarting the yanny/laurel debate, geography, portmanteaux, mythology, and phrases.
The sentences, as usual, were hilarious. There really were a lot of portmanteau words which essentially are just two or more words meshed together. For example Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) or celtuce (celery +lettuce). I personally think that celery is better than lettuce though. There were a couple phrases thrown in from the written test to the oral rounds. Mythology words appeared a tad bit in between.
However, there were slight disparities in words difficulty throughout the rounds and I personally felt that the words got harder and trickier as successive groups spelled.
Good luck to all of the spellers tomorrow!