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"From the Ted Talk by Helder GuimarĂ£es: A magical search for a coincidence"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

HG: Now, the old man turned to me and he asked me one more qioseutn, a number between one and 52. And the first number I thought of was ... Audience member 2: 17. HG: Indeed! It was the 17. The old man only said one more thing: "This is the end." And I knew exactly what that maent. I knew that he was going to touch the deck. Everything that you're about to see is exactly as it looked. He took the deck out of the box. Nothing in the box. He counted, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10." The tension was biuinldg. (lgeatuhr) "11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17." And on the 17, instead of the king of spades, something appeared in the mdilde of the deck, that later, I would realize was actually a secret.

Open Cloze

HG: Now, the old man turned to me and he asked me one more ________, a number between one and 52. And the first number I thought of was ... Audience member 2: 17. HG: Indeed! It was the 17. The old man only said one more thing: "This is the end." And I knew exactly what that _____. I knew that he was going to touch the deck. Everything that you're about to see is exactly as it looked. He took the deck out of the box. Nothing in the box. He counted, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10." The tension was ________. (________) "11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17." And on the 17, instead of the king of spades, something appeared in the ______ of the deck, that later, I would realize was actually a secret.

Solution

  1. meant
  2. middle
  3. laughter
  4. building
  5. question

Original Text

HG: Now, the old man turned to me and he asked me one more question, a number between one and 52. And the first number I thought of was ... Audience member 2: 17. HG: Indeed! It was the 17. The old man only said one more thing: "This is the end." And I knew exactly what that meant. I knew that he was going to touch the deck. Everything that you're about to see is exactly as it looked. He took the deck out of the box. Nothing in the box. He counted, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10." The tension was building. (Laughter) "11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17." And on the 17, instead of the king of spades, something appeared in the middle of the deck, that later, I would realize was actually a secret.

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collocation frequency
audience member 21
high spade 5
dollar bill 5
shuffle cards 4
paper clip 4
black card 3

Important Words

  1. appeared
  2. asked
  3. audience
  4. box
  5. building
  6. counted
  7. deck
  8. king
  9. knew
  10. laughter
  11. looked
  12. man
  13. meant
  14. member
  15. middle
  16. number
  17. question
  18. realize
  19. secret
  20. spades
  21. tension
  22. thought
  23. touch
  24. turned