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From the Ted Talk "Richard J. Berry: A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So why is this guy diganstn underneath my sign with his sign? Well, we wondered if anybody would call that 311 sign, and as it turns out, they did — 11,000 times people called. I put those up in about 30 rintsecisnoet. And we did cnnecot them with food and shelter and services. But yet he's still standing under my sign with a sign that says he wants a job. It's simple: he wants a job. So I decided to do something rare in government. I decided to make the lniooust simpler rather than more complicated. I went back to my office, I ertegdah my sfaft around and I said, "We're going to take this man at his word, and others like him. The man says he wants a job, we're going to give him a job, and we're going to make our city an even better place in the meantime."

Open Cloze

So why is this guy ________ underneath my sign with his sign? Well, we wondered if anybody would call that 311 sign, and as it turns out, they did — 11,000 times people called. I put those up in about 30 _____________. And we did _______ them with food and shelter and services. But yet he's still standing under my sign with a sign that says he wants a job. It's simple: he wants a job. So I decided to do something rare in government. I decided to make the ________ simpler rather than more complicated. I went back to my office, I ________ my _____ around and I said, "We're going to take this man at his word, and others like him. The man says he wants a job, we're going to give him a job, and we're going to make our city an even better place in the meantime."

Solution

  1. standing
  2. gathered
  3. solution
  4. connect
  5. intersections
  6. staff

Original Text

So why is this guy standing underneath my sign with his sign? Well, we wondered if anybody would call that 311 sign, and as it turns out, they did — 11,000 times people called. I put those up in about 30 intersections. And we did connect them with food and shelter and services. But yet he's still standing under my sign with a sign that says he wants a job. It's simple: he wants a job. So I decided to do something rare in government. I decided to make the solution simpler rather than more complicated. I went back to my office, I gathered my staff around and I said, "We're going to take this man at his word, and others like him. The man says he wants a job, we're going to give him a job, and we're going to make our city an even better place in the meantime."

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Important Words

  1. call
  2. called
  3. city
  4. complicated
  5. connect
  6. decided
  7. food
  8. gathered
  9. give
  10. government
  11. guy
  12. intersections
  13. job
  14. man
  15. office
  16. people
  17. place
  18. put
  19. rare
  20. services
  21. shelter
  22. sign
  23. simpler
  24. solution
  25. staff
  26. standing
  27. times
  28. turns
  29. wondered
  30. word