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From the Ted Talk "Dennis Shasha: Can you solve the stolen rubies riddle?"

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

You’re both told the rules in advance. The etnhmrca will be allowed to discreetly divide his isreub among three boxes, which will then be placed in front of you. You will be given three cards, and must write a number between 1 and 30 on each, before putting a card in front of each of the boxes. The xsobe will then all be opened. For each box, you will receive exactly as many rubies as the number written on the corresponding drac, if the box has that many. But if your number is greater than the number of rubies actually there, the scoundrel gets to keep the etiern box.

#### Open Cloze

You’re both told the rules in advance. The ________ will be allowed to discreetly divide his ______ among three boxes, which will then be placed in front of you. You will be given three cards, and must write a number between 1 and 30 on each, before putting a card in front of each of the boxes. The _____ will then all be opened. For each box, you will receive exactly as many rubies as the number written on the corresponding ____, if the box has that many. But if your number is greater than the number of rubies actually there, the scoundrel gets to keep the ______ box.

1. merchant
2. entire
3. boxes
4. rubies
5. card

#### Original Text

You’re both told the rules in advance. The merchant will be allowed to discreetly divide his rubies among three boxes, which will then be placed in front of you. You will be given three cards, and must write a number between 1 and 30 on each, before putting a card in front of each of the boxes. The boxes will then all be opened. For each box, you will receive exactly as many rubies as the number written on the corresponding card, if the box has that many. But if your number is greater than the number of rubies actually there, the scoundrel gets to keep the entire box.

2. allowed
3. box
4. boxes
5. card
6. cards
7. discreetly
8. divide
9. entire
10. front
11. greater
12. merchant
13. number
14. opened
15. putting