These two words made me sit up and cock an eyebrow. And here I thought that words labeled as regional, obsolete, or archaic were not to be used in bees. In fact, this was what I had thought since the days when I had competed, over (wow, am I getting old!) twenty-five years ago! I had consciously chosen to ignore words with those labels while studying - apparently with some risk.
It seems that I had misinterpreted the rule regarding these words. According to the practice book Words of the Champions (which preceded Paideia, which in turn preceded Spell It), the rule in question read as follows:
Spelling at other locations having archaic, obsolete, or regional labels (such as North, Midland, South, Brit[ish], Irish) that are different from those at the main entry will not be accepted as correct.
What does this mean? It sounds like words with those labels actually are fair game for Scripps-allied spelling bees - as long as the dictionary does not have words with the exact same definition that do not have those labels. In other words, if you have a word that has a variant that is labeled as archaic, obsolete, or regional, that variant is not considered legitimate. Spell the variant, and you'll be disqualified.
But. If you get a word with one of those labels, and there are no mainstream variants, that word will be legitimate for bees.
Since all those years ago, the rule that dictates this phenomenon has been updated and clarified. It is written as follows:
"Spellings having temporal labels (such as archaic, obsolete), stylistic labels (such as substand, nonstand) or regional labels (such as North, Midland, Irish) which differ from main entry spellings not having these status labels will not be accepted as correct."
So. I consider myself corrected. And I certainly hope this post clarifies this issue for all other current spellers, coaches, and parents.