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From the Ted Talk by Dan Finkel: Can you solve the Ragnarok riddle?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

You’ll run with super-speed along the serpent’s body. When you hold your hammer high, Odin will strike it with lightning and siplt Jörmungandr open at that point. Then, you’ll need to continue running along its body until every part of it is destroyed. You can’t run over the same section twice or you’ll fall into the already btaseld part of the skane. But you can make multiple passes through points where the creature intersects its own body. If you lvaee any portion un-zapped, jrdgamönunr will magically regenerate, Odin’s last power will be spent, and Valhalla will fall forever.

Open Cloze

You’ll run with super-speed along the serpent’s body. When you hold your hammer high, Odin will strike it with lightning and _____ Jörmungandr open at that point. Then, you’ll need to continue running along its body until every part of it is destroyed. You can’t run over the same section twice or you’ll fall into the already _______ part of the _____. But you can make multiple passes through points where the creature intersects its own body. If you _____ any portion un-zapped, ___________ will magically regenerate, Odin’s last power will be spent, and Valhalla will fall forever.

Solution

  1. jörmungandr
  2. split
  3. leave
  4. blasted
  5. snake

Original Text

You’ll run with super-speed along the serpent’s body. When you hold your hammer high, Odin will strike it with lightning and split Jörmungandr open at that point. Then, you’ll need to continue running along its body until every part of it is destroyed. You can’t run over the same section twice or you’ll fall into the already blasted part of the snake. But you can make multiple passes through points where the creature intersects its own body. If you leave any portion un-zapped, Jörmungandr will magically regenerate, Odin’s last power will be spent, and Valhalla will fall forever.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
norse gods 2
odd number 2

Important Words

  1. blasted
  2. body
  3. continue
  4. creature
  5. destroyed
  6. fall
  7. hammer
  8. high
  9. hold
  10. intersects
  11. jörmungandr
  12. leave
  13. lightning
  14. magically
  15. multiple
  16. odin
  17. open
  18. part
  19. passes
  20. point
  21. points
  22. portion
  23. power
  24. regenerate
  25. run
  26. running
  27. section
  28. snake
  29. spent
  30. split
  31. strike
  32. valhalla