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From the Ted Talk "Dan Finkel: Can you solve the giant cat army riddle?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

The villainous Dr. Schrödinger has developed a ______ ray and _______ to create an army of giant cats to terrorize the city. Your team of secret agents has _______ him to his underground lab. You burst in to find… that it’s a trap!. Dr. Schrödinger has slipped into the next room to activate his device and disabled the control panel on the way out. Fortunately, your teammates are masters of spy-craft. Agent _____ has ______ into the control panel and managed to reactivate some of its _____________. Meanwhile, Agent Epsilon has searched through surveillance to find the ____ for the door: 2, 10, 14.

Solution

  1. code
  2. tracked
  3. intends
  4. growth
  5. functionality
  6. hacked
  7. delta

Original Text

The villainous Dr. Schrödinger has developed a growth ray and intends to create an army of giant cats to terrorize the city. Your team of secret agents has tracked him to his underground lab. You burst in to find… that it’s a trap!. Dr. Schrödinger has slipped into the next room to activate his device and disabled the control panel on the way out. Fortunately, your teammates are masters of spy-craft. Agent Delta has hacked into the control panel and managed to reactivate some of its functionality. Meanwhile, Agent Epsilon has searched through surveillance to find the code for the door: 2, 10, 14.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
square root 9
root button 3
control panel 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
square root button 3

Important Words

  1. activate
  2. agent
  3. agents
  4. army
  5. burst
  6. cats
  7. city
  8. code
  9. control
  10. create
  11. delta
  12. developed
  13. device
  14. disabled
  15. dr
  16. epsilon
  17. find
  18. fortunately
  19. functionality
  20. giant
  21. growth
  22. hacked
  23. intends
  24. lab
  25. managed
  26. masters
  27. panel
  28. ray
  29. reactivate
  30. room
  31. searched
  32. secret
  33. slipped
  34. surveillance
  35. team
  36. teammates
  37. terrorize
  38. tracked
  39. underground
  40. villainous