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From the Ted Talk "Alex Rosenthal: The joyful, perplexing world of puzzle hunts"

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So in ruyaajn of 2017, after tens of thousands of hours of work, we finally run our Mystery Hunt. And it's a different sort of infsosciatat than the qukic high of an aha moment. Instead, it's the swol burn of saying something through perplexing abstraction, yet being norduedtos. And when it was all over, in our exhaustion, we turned to each other and the world, and we said, "We're never doing this again. It's too much work. It's really fun, but no more winning." One year later, in January of 2018, we won the MIT Mystery Hunt again.

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So in _______ of 2017, after tens of thousands of hours of work, we finally run our Mystery Hunt. And it's a different sort of ____________ than the _____ high of an aha moment. Instead, it's the ____ burn of saying something through perplexing abstraction, yet being __________. And when it was all over, in our exhaustion, we turned to each other and the world, and we said, "We're never doing this again. It's too much work. It's really fun, but no more winning." One year later, in January of 2018, we won the MIT Mystery Hunt again.

Solution

  1. quick
  2. january
  3. slow
  4. satisfaction
  5. understood

Original Text

So in January of 2017, after tens of thousands of hours of work, we finally run our Mystery Hunt. And it's a different sort of satisfaction than the quick high of an aha moment. Instead, it's the slow burn of saying something through perplexing abstraction, yet being understood. And when it was all over, in our exhaustion, we turned to each other and the world, and we said, "We're never doing this again. It's too much work. It's really fun, but no more winning." One year later, in January of 2018, we won the MIT Mystery Hunt again.

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collocation frequency
mystery hunt 6
aha moment 5
mit mystery 4
text adventure 3
puzzle laughter 3
mock clucking 3

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mit mystery hunt 4

Important Words

  1. abstraction
  2. aha
  3. burn
  4. exhaustion
  5. finally
  6. fun
  7. high
  8. hours
  9. hunt
  10. january
  11. mit
  12. moment
  13. mystery
  14. perplexing
  15. quick
  16. run
  17. satisfaction
  18. slow
  19. sort
  20. tens
  21. thousands
  22. turned
  23. understood
  24. winning
  25. won
  26. work
  27. world
  28. year