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From the Ted Talk "Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Rives: So that's "Close Encounters," and the main character is all worked up because ieasnl, momentously, have chosen to owsh themselves to earthlings at four in the morning, which does make that a very solid example. Those were all really solid examples. They did not get me any closer to understanding why I thought I recognized this one particular poem. But they followed the raettnp. They lpydae along. Right? Four in the morning as this pcoeagtsa hour when all these dramatic occurrences allegedly occur. Maybe this was some kind of cliche that had never been taxonomized before. Maybe I was on the trail of a new meme or something.

Open Cloze

Rives: So that's "Close Encounters," and the main character is all worked up because ______, momentously, have chosen to ____ themselves to earthlings at four in the morning, which does make that a very solid example. Those were all really solid examples. They did not get me any closer to understanding why I thought I recognized this one particular poem. But they followed the _______. They ______ along. Right? Four in the morning as this _________ hour when all these dramatic occurrences allegedly occur. Maybe this was some kind of cliche that had never been taxonomized before. Maybe I was on the trail of a new meme or something.

Solution

  1. pattern
  2. scapegoat
  3. played
  4. aliens
  5. show

Original Text

Rives: So that's "Close Encounters," and the main character is all worked up because aliens, momentously, have chosen to show themselves to earthlings at four in the morning, which does make that a very solid example. Those were all really solid examples. They did not get me any closer to understanding why I thought I recognized this one particular poem. But they followed the pattern. They played along. Right? Four in the morning as this scapegoat hour when all these dramatic occurrences allegedly occur. Maybe this was some kind of cliche that had never been taxonomized before. Maybe I was on the trail of a new meme or something.

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mix tape 6
ron jeremy 5
simone de 3
porn star 3
morning rives 3
laughter rives 3
knew immediately 3
de beauvoir 3

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simone de beauvoir 3

Important Words

  1. aliens
  2. allegedly
  3. character
  4. chosen
  5. cliche
  6. closer
  7. dramatic
  8. earthlings
  9. encounters
  10. examples
  11. hour
  12. kind
  13. main
  14. meme
  15. momentously
  16. morning
  17. occur
  18. occurrences
  19. pattern
  20. played
  21. poem
  22. recognized
  23. scapegoat
  24. show
  25. solid
  26. taxonomized
  27. thought
  28. trail
  29. understanding
  30. worked