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From the Ted Talk "Françoise Mouly: The stories behind The New Yorker's iconic covers"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I went to the library and I looked at the first cover drawn by Rea Irvin in 1925 — a dnady looking at a butterfly through his monocle, and we call it ateecsu Tilley. And I realized that as the magazine had become known for its in-depth research and long reports, some of the humor had gotten lost along the way, because now often Eustace Tilley was seen as a haughty dandy, but in tcfa, in 1925, when Rea Irvin first drew this image, he did it as prat of a humor magazine to maseu the youth of the era, which was the flappers of the roaring twenties. And in the library, I found the aimsge that really captured the eeiizgstt of the Great srenepsido. And it showed us not just how people dressed or what their cars looked like, but also what made them laugh, what their prejudices were. And you really got a sense of what it felt like to be alive in the '30s.

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So I went to the library and I looked at the first cover drawn by Rea Irvin in 1925 — a _____ looking at a butterfly through his monocle, and we call it _______ Tilley. And I realized that as the magazine had become known for its in-depth research and long reports, some of the humor had gotten lost along the way, because now often Eustace Tilley was seen as a haughty dandy, but in ____, in 1925, when Rea Irvin first drew this image, he did it as ____ of a humor magazine to _____ the youth of the era, which was the flappers of the roaring twenties. And in the library, I found the ______ that really captured the _________ of the Great __________. And it showed us not just how people dressed or what their cars looked like, but also what made them laugh, what their prejudices were. And you really got a sense of what it felt like to be alive in the '30s.

Solution

  1. dandy
  2. eustace
  3. zeitgeist
  4. amuse
  5. part
  6. depression
  7. images
  8. fact

Original Text

So I went to the library and I looked at the first cover drawn by Rea Irvin in 1925 — a dandy looking at a butterfly through his monocle, and we call it Eustace Tilley. And I realized that as the magazine had become known for its in-depth research and long reports, some of the humor had gotten lost along the way, because now often Eustace Tilley was seen as a haughty dandy, but in fact, in 1925, when Rea Irvin first drew this image, he did it as part of a humor magazine to amuse the youth of the era, which was the flappers of the roaring twenties. And in the library, I found the images that really captured the zeitgeist of the Great Depression. And it showed us not just how people dressed or what their cars looked like, but also what made them laugh, what their prejudices were. And you really got a sense of what it felt like to be alive in the '30s.

Important Words

  1. alive
  2. amuse
  3. butterfly
  4. call
  5. captured
  6. cars
  7. cover
  8. dandy
  9. depression
  10. drawn
  11. dressed
  12. drew
  13. era
  14. eustace
  15. fact
  16. felt
  17. flappers
  18. great
  19. haughty
  20. humor
  21. image
  22. images
  23. irvin
  24. laugh
  25. library
  26. long
  27. looked
  28. lost
  29. magazine
  30. monocle
  31. part
  32. people
  33. prejudices
  34. rea
  35. realized
  36. reports
  37. research
  38. roaring
  39. sense
  40. showed
  41. tilley
  42. twenties
  43. youth
  44. zeitgeist